I will be submitting this work using this blog. I hope that this works well for the Tutor. I have struggled a little with a Learning Log versus my Assignment and have tried to be reflective in my comments but I will appreciate feedback on this aspect.
My first response to brief.
I liked the brief I thought it was well set out in terms of what was required of me. I love Tropical Tourist as I explained and can relate better to this theme than say Iced Landscape because I rarely see snow and never ever within 400 kilometres of where I live.
The requirements for lots of drawing and mark making made sense to me more after I did the Research on the eight artists. I really found that an eye opener for me and has already opened doors in my thinking and in actions outside the course. I liked that the drawings related to the collection theme and not just abstract words.
Techniques were explored through selection, drawing and mark making?
I used a variety of media like pens, charcoal and Indian ink and various approaches like smudging, collage, ink wash to try to get across the actions I was trying to create. Also paper.
Strong points weak points
My enthusiasm is a strong point I think and willingness to keep an open mind. Weak point to me is to practice drawing, drawing and drawing. I think my photographs on the cream paper are not as good as I would like.
I undertook previous City and Guild but the exercises I was required to do did not come alive for me like this Assignment. They were exercises this is more than that it opens doors in my learning. I also have not really believed in the connection between the sketchbook and your art/textiles. I know to do it but it is not emphasised by some non UK tutors. Their approach is different. Now I do see the connection and the possibilities.
Develop my work
In future I will be paying far more attention to my sketchbooks and the opportunities they present to explore subjects by developing close-ups, big drawings, negative space, small marks, big marks, pattern and trying to capture weight. Also thinking about texture in terms of the base material used.