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The Importance Life Drawing

By on May 14, 2018

Life Drawing – when you hear these words do you think of a naked man stuck in the ‘thinker’ pose for the day? Well you would be mistaken..

Life Drawing teaches you how to see, how to draw what you see and how to develop your own style of drawing.

During our current life drawing classes I have learned to observe and measure. Firstly I map out the body. This is the foundation of your drawing, I usually try to pick out the abstract shapes of the body, look at the negative spaces and measure..a lot. The fun part of detail comes after the meticulous measuring and checking. Remember to stand back from your drawing often, it is easier to spot errors and easier to make judgement on the piece as a whole.

Here are my own pieces, this week we focused on measured drawings of the skull.

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Artist of the Day

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Mona Hatoum

An artist that I find interesting and inspiring.

Hatoum is known for her large scale installations in which she transforms familiar domestic objects such as furniture and kitchen utensils in to foreign objects, proving to create a sense of fear and the uncanny. This links back to Freud’s theory of ‘Das Unheimliche’ in which something familiar is made unfamiliar creating a sense of unease or threat.

I enjoy how Hatoum uses mostly found objects to create her work – very inspiring for a college student looking to create.

Why not try exploring more artists and see what inspires you !

Mona Hatoum – Electrified Variable II – 2014

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Time Flies

By on March 16, 2016

By dealing with memories and past experiences of home it got me thinking of all the time that has passed. So right now I am dealing with the aspect of time and trying to investigate different approaches to the subject. I heard the term ‘time flies’ which sparked an idea for me. I have made paper airplanes and plan to use them for different things to capture the essence of time.

I plan to fly the paper planes within my studio , each time documenting where they land. I want to overlap the drawings to create a sense that time has passed, and movement has occurred.

Overlapping drawing technique, practiced in drawing class, creating a sense of time and movement:

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Performance Workshop

By on March 15, 2016

I recently took part in a Performance Workshop through Crawford College of Art and Design, which was an amazing experience. What is performance art you might ask ? Performance art is art in which the artist uses their body as the medium, performing actions which become the artwork.

Usually performance art is performed for a live audience, but performance art can be a medium for image-making, mark-making, and sculpture. Here are a few of my favourite performance artists:

Bas Jan Ader – I’m Too Sad ToTell you (1971) Video
Ulay and Abramovic – Impoderabilia (1977) Image-making and video
Janine Antoni – Loving Care (1992) Mark-Making, Video

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Book-making

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At the moment in studio, I am attempting to create a notebook from an envelope, found materials and my own drawings. I tore apart a cardboard box to draw on, and found some scrap black paper which I mounted the drawings on to. I folded an envelope and covered it with old wrapping paper.I plan on binding the book by sticking the pages together and sewing it to the cover.

Book-making can be simple and cheap ! And a very effective way of exhibiting your sketches.

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