How work progresses


The above images show how work develops stage by stage and how different the images look from one stage to the other, quite wonderful.

I don’t have a clear objective in mind when I begin a drawing, but the lines I use suggest possibilities.

Sometimes I am drawn to geometric shapes and at times I am drawn to organic shapes, but I draw intuitively with each mark suggesting the next.

I am drawn to Scottie Wilson and Madge Gills work because similarly they are not objective representations but intuitive. Scottie Wilson’s work is more akin to weaving and of regular pattern, as apposed to Madge Gill’s which has more of a spidery scratchy irregular line to it, As shown below.


img_2567I have explored and studied both Scottie Wilson’s and Madge Gill’s work and how their use of line although different is also similar. I have taken inspiration from their work regarding using an intuitive approach to my drawings, and experimenting with ways of completing and filling them in with different patterns.

On examining and analysing my drawings, depending on wether I use curves or straight lines only, seems to evoke a different emotional response within me. The geometric ones seem to evoke quite a brittle response, whereas the ones with curves make me respond in a softer way.

I have also found that where my drawings go to the edge of the paper make me feel free, and that in my imagination the pattern carries on beyond the page.

I feel a sense of confinement where the pattern is more centred on the page with quite a large margin.

Mage Gill’s patterns tend to go to the edge of the paper, whereas Scottie Wilson’s appeared to be more cantered.

I am going to research the work of Adolf Wolfli and outside art for further inspiration.



I tried colouring one of my designs with various colours instead of just using black, just to see how it would look. I not only used various colours , but different thicknesses of pens.  My initial thought was that the colours for me did not work and the squiggles I did in thicker pen and the colour I used was definitely not to my liking. But then it was only an experiment. Maybe the use of different colours would have been more pleasing. This is

something which has room for further exploration.

Setting up new blog for main project.6th February.

I spent this morning scanning my small pieces of work on to the mac, this will enable me  to work and experiment with them some time in the future.

After I had done that, Mandy helped me with setting up a new blog of my main project which begins after  after half term.

This afternoon I will try to scan my large pieces of work, and then give thought to my presentation for my project after half term.

All this work on the mac is helping me to learn more on the computer than I knew before, although in order to become very proficient I really need to be on it daily, but then that would be at the expense off my other work, so I will just have to do the best I can.

Change of direction 2nd Febuary.

Further to recent images I posted on my blog, where I experimented with drawings consisting of lines only, or curves, or a mixture of both.

I have been so surprised with the results and the way the picture changes as I fill in the spaces, that I am going to concentrate on these rather than creating characters for illustration. Although I am not deserting the idea of illustration completely, I feel that the previous work I have done on this course has lead me to discovering this way of expressing art in a way that fascinates me. If I had not come on this course I do not think I would have found this as an  outlet for my imagination and artistic development.

I feel that I have been so fixated about illustrating a story and nothing else, that my mind was close to other things. I now feel that it is okay to go in a different direction, and I am not letting myself down in not accomplishing one task before starting another one. The fact that Leonado Devinci had many many projects going at the same time makes it okay for me. Not that I would ever compare myself to that great  artist.

Commercially I feel there are many possibilities concerning this kind of work, but for the moment I am going to concentrate on seeing how the patterns  develop as I fill them in. I am looking to possibly sell them as pictures as a start.

1st critiques 25th January

The critiques today were given by Harry, Emily and Micheal. Apart from the Fad course some of the 1st year degree students were in the audience.

Harry was the first to give his presentation, he showed lots of images and he tied his work into the theme of politics. I am not sure where he was coming from with that, but he presented his very good work well

He seems very much influenced by Devinci, but as he replied to one of Jamie’s questions, this is at this period of his life.

During the question and answer period, what started off as a tikka masala developed into a vindeloo from Jamie. I felt Harry held his own very well and took on board suggestions that Jamie made and did not take it as criticism.

Although Emily’s presentation was really to do with a Japanese theme, it became somewhat side tracked through questions about a project she had done regarding Donald Trumps quotes and the knickers she had printed them on. A thing I do not think she had expected, as it was not her main project.

The strange thing was, Emily was asked far more questions regarding the knickers than she was about her Japanese project.

If I remember rightly Micheal’s work was all experimental but very good, it involved overlaying existing images and changing the pictures. He really did not say much about where he was going with his work, but I think like most of us he finds that is the most exciting aspect of it all. Micheal made me smile when he asked for a korma critique from Jamie. As Jamis was called away to a meeting, neither he nor Emily got his feedback. It would have been interesting to hear what he had to say about them

Each delivery was different which I think is to be expected, it would be interesting to get Jo and Jamie’s input as to which one worked the best, or whether they were all good in their different ways or how they could be improved upon.

When the 1st year degree students  were asked to do critiques, it was interesting to learn that they had not produced sufficient work to do one, rather odd I thought as I imagined it would have been the other way round.

Mac work 30th January.

I have spent the morning in the Macroom experimenting with drawing lines to see what came out of them the results are as below

I know know they look very basic but there is lots of room for development, I liked how, by just drawing line faces appeared, I also like  the fact that they have a distinct cartoon feel to them.

This week I need to concentrate on my humpty story, I am still developing how I want him to look so I am going to try lots of ways of drawing him and see what happens, that in part is the reason I have been doing the work I have this morning.