Drawing in conversation continued…

We were set the task of visiting Roath park, Botanical Gardens in cardiff where we were to explore our surroundings and draw our conversations in pairs. We were to draw a noun we saw in our surroundings then pass our book on to our partner while they drew a verb in relation to our noun. This then moved on to two nouns on the page and two verbs. Then to three nouns and using one verb, make a connection, a sort of narrative. It was interesting and also helped to get out of classroom environment and into somewhere more beautiful and inspiring.

Unfortunatly i wasn’t in the session (typically the one i miss!) so i later visited the gardens with a friend and followed the set brief between the pair of us. We were initially set to quickly sketch what caught our attention and then build on each image as we went further into conversation and they developed.

The last part of the task set was to take a journey through Roath park and Botanical gardens and to quickly sketch what caught my eye in relation to a noun and then a verb as i walked further through my surroundings. The aim of the verb is to question the noun and its possibilities, to see the connections and relationship between my surroundings and journey through the park. The weather and the season greatly effected what i was seeing as apposed to what i know can be seen there during the sunny summer months.

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I really enjoyed todays task, i usually struggle with producing lots of fast and loose imagery because of the lack of ideas but with todays drawing in conversation task we were able to bounce off eachothers sights and our surroundings. I was never short of visual stimulus and unusual and eye capturing things. I was really lucky i managed to pick the only sunny day to go out and explore the gardens, this meant so much more detail and life whilst taking the walking journey.


prep continued..Hellllppp me!


And so the dissertation prep has begun..This lecture with Theo was about structuring and building the dissertation. The best ways to achieve the different outcomes and types of dissertation possible. Initially being overwhelmed by the thought of writing 10,000 words was just too scary to think about. However, with Theo talking things through and simplifying things step by step i am beginning to feel less like like i have a mountain to overcome.

I had a personal tutorial with Theo, talking about the forms we filled in about more specific areas i was interested in. I knew i was interested in:

  • Photo realism
  • Portraiture
  • detail orientated
  • Chuck Close, Bryan Drury, David Kassan, Diego Fazio and many more artists
  • The idea of traditional methods of a photo realistic image being as appealing and exciting as a piece of modern and unusual art.

I don’t have a finished question or specific idea for my dissertation yet but with further meetings, lectures and tutorials combined with my research i will develop me ideas further. I have decided against writing a shorter dissertation combined with a presentation simply because i don’t feel public speaking is my strong point, i hope that with enough background information and research i will be able to produce an interesting and captivating dissertation that gives anyone asking the questions i’ll be asking a better understanding; as well as getting a much greater understanding myself of the topics i research.

The past two lectures and my personal tutorial have given me a lot more positive outlook upon starting my dissertation and the surrounding elements.

Drawing in conversation..

We have been invited by our tutor, Natasha, to engage in a conversation using images/drawing rather than words. For a exercise session we were given prompts, words like ‘bird’, hobbies, etc. We worked in two or threes and one person quickly drew something in response to the word then the next in response to the response. We were put on the spot by instantly having to respond without thinking too much. The books were passed backwards and forwards as words are when engaged in conversation. It was quick and loose.20140217_111033[1]

Drawing Philosophy….

Diagramming Expression.

Exploring further into drawing and the attributes that philosophers and artists such as Collingwood, Paul Cezanne and Harry Beck have explained their understanding of what makes a drawing. Is drawing the same as art?
After spending more time debating and questioning thoughts, i dont think art and drawing are the same thing; art can be anything from a sculpture to a movie where as i still feel drawing is more of a two dimensional form where the illustrator has sat down to intentionally create something whether it be the traditional format or into todays more modern take.

2 3 4 5 6 My notes and quick drawings through each discussion show the questions being raised and in turn my interpretation into drawing. Some drawings from view of what was around, others of my imagination and the result of the topic of discussion.

Romanticism was a personal inspirational favourite of which came drawing ideas for the rose.
Each weekly debate stirred up a new question and thought which i hadn’t previously considered. Since these discussions I’ve noticed i am much more aware of my drawing process, trying to think of what i do each step in order to distinguish the characteristics of a drawing.

Qualities of Drawing 21/01/14

1This week was more in depth about the features and qualities that make up a drawing. Showing how things link and interchange makes for a much more complicated catagorisation of a drawing to what i had originally thought. Throughout each session i doodle, doodling whatever comes into my head helped me think about the discussion. I Think drawing is something that has intent, whether it be a finished or unfinished peice.

Dissertation prep..

2nd may- dissertation proposal submission

  • Pursue a research curiosity
  • Ask a question
  • Say something (a hypothesis)…

What to read?…Handbooks/reading lists- constellation and illustration

Today is the day..the dissertation planning has begun! Where do i start? what do i want to write about? can i do this?

I went in today soooo nervous about this, hearing about the dreaded dissertation is something i can’t believe is now all of a sudden here, it’s my turn! Theo began today by breaking it down, explaining the different types of dissertation, what was essential and what can be personal choice. By taking notes throughout this lecture i knew i’d always be able to look back and reread over exactly what Theo talked about, i’ve always found note making is the best way for me.

There are 5 different forms that your dissertation might take.
In brief, the 5 forms are…

i). An 8000 to 10000 word Academic Rhetorical text.

ii). An 8000 to 10000 word Technical Report text.

iii). An 8000 to 10000 word Enterprise Plan.

iv). A 15 minute presentation of the student’s own 6000 word Conference Research Paper.

v). Creating an art or design artifact or performance with an accompanying 6000 word analytical text.

A PDP of 1000 words will accompany each dissertation, regardless of its form.


Philosophy: What is Drawing?

Does Drawing always come from an idea or thought process developed?

Can the idea be developed through drawing alone?

16th January was out first week together in Drawing Philosophy, we were asked to think about what exactly drawing is? Is it simply the standard portrait format; or can it be catagorised more broadly and diversly?

  • Definition, essense, difference
  • Representation, expression, signification
  • Transformation
  • What shape is the session

Nibalism- Define truths.
This lecture really got me thinking about the possibilities of drawing and whether i had been closed minded until now as to only thinking it classed as a little part of art. I am someone who does like the more traditional format of drawing, the photo realism aspect although with slight differences and additions depending on the media i use. I am looking forward to next weeks discussions in order to go further in discussion and suggestions of drawing.