Gorilla in the roses begins..
This first week of my second field choice, having the first session with Professor David Ferry and explaining the aims and objectives of the course and what the option is all about. Collage and montage, here we go!
Being in the hut and choosing from a really different range of books, magazines and journals to create some collages that are eye catching and possibly tell a story. I struggled with creating a narrative from the collages,i enjoyed the day and conversations had but all i can hope it that collaging narratives becomes more of a strong point the more i develop and go through each week.
I chose images that interested me originally, then trying to combine them with things they’d normally contrast. Modern/traditional. man/woman. Natural/Fake. Bare skin/fashion. We’d been asked to bring some magazines, books etc with us so i chose some of the images that were at my disposal initially before looking further into the art books provided by Professor Ferry.
Our final tutorials and group discussion with our tutors before our submission was to talk about our presentations, final pieces and directions we think we’ll continue in.
Also we talked more about what we have discovered through drawing philosophy and other people’s opinions and ideas. I have really enjoyed these topics, towards the beginning i was confused about what we were trying to figure out. How could drawing be anything else but a two dimensional piece? These debates have developed my thoughts for future.
Being asked to think WHAT IS DRAWING? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ART AND DRAWING? these broad questions opened up a lot of further questions, confusion and uncertainty which i felt could only be answered in the group discussions. This helped me understand others points of views and ideas i’d never thought of before.
Does the way i see things determine what is art? Is a drawing in the eye of the beholder?
Does a photo realistic drawing have as much meaning as that of a self expressed improvisational piece?
Throughout drawing philosophy we questioned what is drawing? what differentiates a drawing from other art forms?
I have completed two different illustrations of which i believe to both be drawing; i see one as the more traditional format using pencil and the other using inks, water colour and biro for the unfinished and vibrant modern take of drawing.
Although both visually completly different, in my eyes they both have the characteristics of drawing because they were done by hand, are two dimensional and hopefully require an element of skill that seperates an artistic drawing from an accidental scribbled line.
Both these images visually interest me, i have always been drawn to art and drawings which show the artists skill or intent to sit and complete that piece of art. I have combined skills i have learnt throughout drawing philosophy and drawing in conversation with Natasha to finish these pieces. The vibrant ink illustration uses the skill of being fast, free and loose with the drawing tool. I had previously been a lot more meticulous and time consumed for each drawing but this subject has shown me other ways.