Drawing with the unconventional.

At the end of one lecture we were asked to discuss in pairs an unconventional medium to experiment drawing with in time for the next lecture. There were suggestions for hair, spaghetti, growing grass, a car or wheel and we suggested bleach and bleach was chosen.

It was strange drawing with bleach as even though I was expecting a change, a transformation, usually whenever I have ‘drawn’ anything, the mark had been instant, so having to wait to see the outcome was alien to me and liberating. I enjoyed the fact you couldn’t control the product once you poured it. It had a voice of it’s own. I did flick water at parts to see if that affected to marking and also fairy liquid. I didn’t want to use material as I knew how that would draw the colour pigment out of the material, so I tried a newspaper which was mostly filled with black print and a piece of cardboard. I was shocked to find that the bleach only made the most subtle of marks on the newspaper, lifted the ink slightly to a dark green in places, yet the cardboard which I didn’t hold out too much hope for turned out beautifully.

It was an interesting process and also to see some of the results of the other students. One person drew with it over quick and the results were stunning. I would like to try this with my collage works. but also taking into consideration the meaning of using bleach, of wanting to draw something out.

There was a conversation of “is there a point to pushing these boundaries, or are you experimenting for the sake of experimenting and stepping into the bizarre and strange just for the sake of it?’I think for now i got enough out of the bleach to want to take that further rather than putting it to the wayside to try something else. It has definitely make me think about how other unconventional materials can be used instead of staying within your comfort zone.

Bleach 1 Bleach 2

Drowning in thoughts…

I am so behind in my reflective posts for my Drawing Philosophy module. I think it’s just been a bit of a crazy week. It hasn’t stopped me thinking, just stopped me from documenting! I’m enjoying this option as it is awakening me to a lot of things I already knew/ thought, but never realised. We have been given texts to read by Nietzsche and Collingwood. There are aspects of both I want to look into more. Nietzsche about stepping into other realms and how you don’t make art with your eyes, you make it with your hands, but making art proper is also an imaginative act as what is going on inside your mind is really what you are ‘seeing’. And there is a difference between seeing and looking. This I understood as I very rarely, with my illustration work, make something that is just to be looked at for appreciating’s sake. I want people to depict the meaning, see what I saw when making it or what they themselves see bringing a different edge. Bringing about a question I thought of last year when writing my essay, is a piece of art work read differently by everyone as they are always interoperating in a way of which is personal to them? It is always being translated in the viewer’s language rather than that of the artist? So is your message ever really getting 100% across?

I have taken (yet another) book to read from the library. Collingwood’s Principles of Art. I am interested in his theory that these three things need to be present together in order to create expression; the artist, the medium and the idea/environment. I like the open take on this, how each one works with the next, the idea that the materials speak just as much as the artist and the environment can change the course of your work. I tend to work intuitively and this I hope will help me to understand more. At first, I believed Art was first and foremost visual, the more we have discussed and read, I have realised that when I create my work, I only dabble with the visual sense. I work a lot more on the imagination, what is going on inside my head, expressionism, rather than trying to replicate an image. I enjoy the physical process of making the work. I would say that art was a way of looking at things, but now I realise that I mean that in the sense of imagination and not just by looking with your eyes.

I am struggling with the texts and fully understanding things. A to of it goes over my head and I find myself reading the same passage over and over again. I’m battling with my concentration span a lot while trying to read. I think it’s a combination of struggling with the vocabulary and my personality. In my head is where I am a lot of the time. The discussions help a lot with my understanding. It’s also interesting to hear other people’s perspectives. I am saying ‘I’ and ‘Me’ a lot, but what I am hoping to get from these five weeks is something that I can relate to and that can help my way of working grow or be added to. I’m not going to physically or mentally be able to investigate everything, so I am taking from it what I think will be most beneficial to me. It has made me think about relating this in some way to my dissertation.

I don’t feel I have a body of work building. I have some drawing in conversations… also conversations I need to get back to, an experiment in relation to mood and environment that is on going and an experimental drawing with bleak. Which I do think I will take further into my practice. Some of the results in the class were interesting. I also enjoyed the element of surprise, not knowing how it was going to turn out, having to wait for the effect. Usually, whatever I have used to draw has instantly made marks. But mostly I have found myself engaging in discussions and reading. So although this feels worrying for assessment, I feel this option will be useful for dissertation or when I am back within my practice, helping me understand my creative personality and stance.

What is Drawing?

This week we have entered into our Field options where all the Art and Design students collaborate within the options we have chosen. I think choosing Drawing with Philosophy was definitely the right option for me. I am hoping to get from this new ideas for drawing, trying new techniques I haven’t tried before, but for me also, I think quite deeply about things. I question things quite a lot and have been called a dreamer, so the discussions and questions arising have given me a lot to think about.

The question raised; “What is drawing?” is going to vary depending on the person answering and not everyone will ever agree. When first asked “Is walking drawing?” and then “Is eating drawing?” at first I thought that walking would be classed as a drawing but eating, no. Just cause I was thinking along the lines of drawing has to be some sort of an output. Whereas eating is an input. But then this goes against what I am mostly, if I am a dreamer, then most things happen in my head and using my own imagination, other people are not going to see this. I will now say that anything could be classed as drawing, because you can make a connection with anything. Something can be a drawing if you can see a mark/impression straight away, but then also if something stimulates your imagination, makes you think, create a mark in your own mind, then that is a drawing.

I have taken a couple of books out of the library to read up on an introduction to Philosophy. I am then looking forward to researching more into the Philosophy behind drawing.

We had to come up with a question today, some sort of experiment with drawing you wanted to conduct. ‘ How Does Mood and Environment Affect Your Perception?’ I brought in 3 magazines and a scalpel. I am thinking of creating two pieces. Both cutting random bits up from the magazines and sticking them to the pages. Then, like when you were a child, try to find pictures/objects in the clouds, try and do the same with these pieces. On one, see what I can pick out depending on my mood. Draw onto the piece what I can see that day and make notes. I’m expecting when in a good mood to be more open and to be able to pick out more. Also, with the other piece, change my surroundings, see what I can depict and how the environment influences what I can see.

These were the conclusions the three groups came up with on deciding what is drawing, could be drawing and what is not drawing. Although within groups, the people could not always agree.

Drawing Philosophy 16 Jan 2014 – Warm-up conversations
Is Walking Drawing? Is Eating Drawing?

Always Drawing Maybe/sometimes Not drawing
Group 1 Driving
Looking at a drawingSleeping
(possibly, because you dream, which I believe is drawing in the mind; make marks with the movements of/during sleep)
Telling the time
Trading in the stock market
Sports and exercise
Not drawing
Group 2 Drawing
(because there are strategies / gameplan; could make marks on the pitch)
Washing your hair
Feeling emotion
(not a tangible thing)
(No interaction/ physicalcontact)
Sitting down (because you’re still)
Group 3 Drawing
Kids on the beach
Sleeping (drawing of the mind; artists inspired by dreams)
Driving in a Car (tyre marks)
Flying in a plane (cloud trails)
Breathing (if it is cold there is a visible breath)
Being on the phone
Watching telly
Sitting on the toilet
Doing nothing

Editorial Brief.

This brief and workshop I found challenging and very informative. The deadline was tight, to allow us to experience how it would be in real life. We were given a group of words and a very short amount of time to illustrate these words five times. It challenged us in the way sometimes we automatically go straight to the obvious representations and stereo types. We learnt a lot about how to narrow things down and not to always just jump on the first idea that springs to mind as it is usually the idea that comes to mind of most people. Try and pick our brains for a more interesting option.

After the workshop we were given two news articles to look at. The one I chose was about men being photographed without their knowledge and/or consent and posted to a blog called “Men Taking Up Too Much Space on the Train”. The article was written in a sympathetic manner towards these men. I also read it with sympathy as I believe it is disgusting to humiliate people. However, then I done some research… some of the men on this blog, my sympathy stayed with them, they were not on purpose taking up more room than what is deemed acceptable, but others, they sat/ lounged, lay there with no consideration for any other passenger. Leaving people to stand while they unapologetically sat with their legs spread wide, even up on seats. So… this created a bit of a grey area for me which led me to not lean in too much of either direction with my pieces. I wanted the idea of the man in the middle or cornered by this spiderweb of cyber slander, but then for the reader to make their mind up whether it is a deserved intimidation or not.

I made a couple of ideas in m sketch book, then a couple of similar pieces, trying to take the pressure of the ‘final piece’ and choosing which one I thought worked best. This is the one I will post last.




Although I must say, after getting these pieces printed, I am not sure if I refer the originals. I thought they looked better sharpened up on the screen, but seeing the hard copies, something doesn’t sit right. This is what we have been getting told about looking after our work beyond it’s completion. How the colours can change again when taken to print. I must of been lucky with my other printed work as I have been pleased with the outcomes. I think if I would of had more time I would of asked someone what they thought and how I could edit them again to get the effect I want on the screen and also when printed.

Charity Brief; Raising Autism Awareness. Final posters.

A family of 3 posters designed to raise awareness of just one aspect of autism. Here I wanted to stress the frustration of not being able to filter sensory information in every day settings, being it in the city, outdoors or in the home. Things and places we take for granted and even find relaxing/recreational can prove overwhelming for people with autism. I wanted the posters to catch attention but make no sense, having too much going on for the viewer to process, hopefully then creating more of a sympathetic understanding. These are designed to be placed in bus shelters where people have enough time to try to figure the meaning.

There will be more sketchbook and experimental journey work to follow.