We had a workshop with Kim on grids. First she gave a talk and once we had a broader idea of grids we were asked to do an activity on grids. We had to use some grid paper and rearrange text given to us to make 16+ different examples and then post them on our blog.
To help me expand my thoughts and ideas to the 3 words I had picked out I decided to ask people to tell me what they thought of the words. They described to me an image or what they first thought and I would draw down whatever they told me, without them looking at the paper until the end.
Some of them turned out exactly what the people were thinking of and others said I drew something completely different.
I think this task really helped me to broaden my view of the words, because I saw through over people’s eyes, rather than just my narrow minded vision.
After looking back at the drawings I realised that I actually really liked some of the descriptions people gave me so I thought that I could maybe take some of these further.
After seeing some of my work, James Hunting recommended two artists for me to look at: Michael Craig Martin & Gary Clough.
Michael Craig Martin draws ordinary everyday objects, but it’s the way he puts everything together that I like. Even his work without colour is really nice. It seems like fairly simple line drawings, but because of the way the objects are placed, it creates a new image. It makes all the objects seem as if they’re joined and they’re all interconnected so effortlessly.
Gary Clough’s drawings are also quite similar to Michael Craig Martin, which is why I think James recommended me these two artists, as he saw some of my drawings were quite similar to their style. I like how he incorporates some of his drawings into a object, so that they have a border (like the drawing of the lungs, which was for Inktober and Stoptember) I also like how he adds dashes of colour and doesn’t go full on with blocks of colour.
After researching a bit about different GIFS and the “Uncomfortable” series I looked into making GIFS of things that aren’t what they seem.
I first got this idea through my friend who was taking a video of us at those gyms in the park. One of my friends was resting on one of the equipments and the friend filming said that he looked like he had a jetpack on.
From this I took my own video of him, and when I got home, I tried to make it seem like he was using a jetpack.
Here is my outcome:
This was a long process, because I had to get rid of the background in each frame, and then add colour in and add in the “world” and the “sun”.
I like my outcome, because it’s quite comical.
The second GIF that I made was an invitation to my sister’s new place. She asked me to spread the word to our friends, so I thought what better was there then to make a GIF. I already had the idea in my head that it’d be an envelope opening and that the end result would be a house. So fusing these two together, I realised that once an envelope is opened it looks similar to a house.
My final GIF for this is not as spectacular as the jetpack one, but I still liked how it turned out; the opening of the envelope, my sister popping out, the invite and finally changing to a house.
Whilst I was researching more about one of my words “Use”, I decided to look at the opposite meaning of the word.
Antonyms for use: disadvantage harm hindrance hurt injury inappropriateness loss
I then started to think about things that were useless and remembered a series that Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani made called “The Uncomfortable“. It is a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects.
I like this series, because it’s quite comical, but also very clever. Even though the objects are “useless” it takes a lot of thought and innovation behind the idea.
The second practitioner that I really liked was Lizzie Finn. Her embroidery is really unique and I liked the way she connected everything together so that it was all a continuous line. Some of her drawings seem quite simple, but the way each image is connected really drew me in.
This actually reminded me of our sewing workshop we had on Tuesday, and I’m really interested to try this out, maybe drawing some of my everyday drawings in a continuous sown line.
For our homework we were asked to make a gif from the collaborative drawing we did.
For this gif I looked at the collage collaborative drawing and tried a section of that. I found this a lot easier, because it was mainly just shapes. I decided to play around with this and the end result reminded me of a game.
For this task we had to go to the British Museum and do some drawings. This involved many people, lots of stares, paper, pencils, pens and tracing paper.
We were told to chose a spot and draw the room. I found this quite hard, because I’m quite a perfectionist, but during this workshop, I learnt to not focus too much on the tiny details, but just try and get the main parts.