Experimental Drawing – Study of Clouds

Continuing from my previous post about our first session of experimental drawing I’m going to write about what we did on our second session a week later…which to be honest I found much more interesting and enjoyable. There were two things that made me really like this project. Firstly just like in our first session we were asked to work with black and white media only and to be as experimental as we want which is what I like doing the most! And secondly, we had to do a study of clouds, and clouds are amazing and I love them. I love everything to do with sky and clouds so I guess it was just impossible for me to dislike this project! But anyway, in my case I decided to limit myself and use only black and white chalk and white acrylic paint as I could still remember the overworked drawing I created on the first session (click on the link in the first sentence if you would like to read more about it!)

Before creating our own pieces using any media we want, we were all asked to do two A2 drawing of clouds using two different techniques chosen by our tutor. At the start of the session we were all given an A4 black and white photocopy of a photograph of clouds and for the first drawing we were asked to choose a small rectangular section of it (about 2cm by 3cm) and using only black chalk interpret it on A2 piece of paper. The trick was we were not allowed to even use rubber so we had to be very careful to make sure we don’t make it too dark because it would be really hard to make it lighter again. The drawing below is the one I created (but actually wasn’t very happy with as it looks nothing like clouds)

For the second drawing we were asked to choose a different section of the photocopy (but about the same size) and again interpret it on A2 piece of paper. This time however we had to cover a whole piece of paper with a layer of black chalk and “draw” clouds using a putty rubber. I must say I preferred this techniques a lot as I felt I have more control over what I’m doing..(I probably shouldn’t since it was experimental drawing workshop but oh well) Anyway, here  it is:

So, Once we finished creating those two pieces of work we could start working on our own ideas. As I mentioned before I used only black and white chalk and white acrylic paint as I tried to be sensible this time, and so I ended up with a drawing I actually liked (wow, it literally never happens!) So below you can see a drawing I created and two close ups on the details.

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Details-

Lastly, during the same session we also created our own blackboards using pieces of cardboard boxes and blackboard paint. To be completely honest I can’t remember what exactly it was about but we explored some kind of mark making on blackboard as there are a lot of artists who use blackboards in their work and it creates a really interesting effect. But anyway, once our blackboard were dry and ready to use we were asked to be very experimental and to express our thoughts by creating abstract pieces of work. As I said I can’t exactly remember what it was all about but below are the two pieces I created. So, I hope  you enjoyed reading this really long post and maybe liked my drawings..well at least the one I liked! Have a nice day (..night?) and please look forward to my next post!

 

 

 

 

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Constructed Textiles and Yarn Bombing Collaboration!

One of the first..and probably one of the most exciting  projects we did at college was Constructed Textile project which somehow turned into and amazing yarn bombing collaboration! And if you have never heard of yarn bombing, you should definitely google it..or better click here!  But anyway, on the very first day of the project I finally learned how to knit! (some people were already amazing at it! but How?!)..So we hand and machine knitted..we made felt, we made sailing knots..and we also learned how to finger-knit from our friend Anna! And, finger knitting is what took this already great project to a whole new level!

Im not going to go in details about how and why and who came up with this amazing idea because that’s not really that important since it was a collaboration and everyone worked really hard on it (..and also because I just cant remember) but anyway! For the final piece we decided to make a lot of long pieces of finger knitting (It’s surprisingly quick and easy way of knitting!) and some machine knitted pieces and use the idea of yarn bombing to secretly decorate the most popular space in our college! Soo, we took all the pieces we knitted, tied them together and during the lesson we quickly put it up. And this is what it looked like:

And the best part isn’t the fact that when the lesson finished no one could figure out what was it all about and how did it get there but the fact that it made college look more Christmassy (and it was that time of the year) and so we didn’t have to take it down, right after we created it..in fact it was taken down after few months and only because the space was needed for the end of the year show! And most importantly it really was a big part of our college life because since we put it up until the very end we secretly kept adding to it so it was an ongoing project which a believe almost everyone at college really liked and got attached to. Even if they didn’t quite know why it was there! Below I included some more pictures where you can clearly see how it evolved! So I hope you like it, and please look forward to my next post!

About Photograms…and new Oxford Brookes Building!

Today I went to Oxford to meet Nari, my Korean friend and teacher. We spent few hours studying Korean in The John Henry Brookes Building which I really love because its modern, spacious and provides a great study environment. Every time I go there I’m more and more excited about joining Brookes next month! You can watch the video below and you will know exactly what I mean!

But anyway, since I didn’t have much time today and looking through my older posts I realized that I never posted any pictures of my final photograms that I created (or chose) for our photograms project, I decided that this is a perfect opportunity to do it because they are there..in the folder just waiting for me to upload them..and they don’t need that much explaining either. So I just hope you like them and are looking forward my next post!

Typographic Posters in London

Today I was going through some old folders full of photographs I took while I was still at college and I discovered quite a few things that I was actually planning to write about but never did. For example, I remember in February I went to London for my university interview at Chelsea College of Art. (It was actually my first interview and I was really stressed) But after the interview I had a lot of spare time on my hands so I thought its a great opportunity to visit some Art Galleries without being rushed by anyone. Unfortunately my portfolio was so heavy that a barely could walk (I swear it wasn’t so heavy when I was leaving home!) So, in the end the only place I went to before going back home (Noooo..sooooo many things I could have done in London if I didn’t have this massive folder with me!) was a little University Gallery right next to it. So even though I didn’t get do anything exciting that day at least I was lucky enough to see all those awesome posters! And here they are:

I was also really happy because the weather in London was surprisingly nice that day!

Soo, thats it for today. Thank you for reading, I hope you liked all those great poster (of course you did!) and are looking forward my next post…maybe.. tomorrow?

 

Amsterdam

After a very long time of not posting anything as I was very busy writing an essay about Tradition and Originality as well as writing my personal statement which I think was even more difficult..and obviously applying for universities and preparing my portfolio I have finally decided that its time to catch up and start running this blog properly.

I think writing about our recent overseas trip to Amsterdam is a perfect way to start! The trip unfortunately was only 5 days long but it was enough to visit quite a few truly amazing museums and Galleries. It is really difficult for me to decide which place was my favourite but for now I’ll just say that I absolutely loved Vincent Van Gogh Museum. Firstly becasue I’m really interested in Japanese culture and seeing Japanese art influencing western Art and someone like Vincent Van Gogh is very fascinating. Secondly, I actually wrote about some of his works that were inspired by Japanese woodblock prints in my personal study which I was writing while I was at Sixth Form, and now I had an opportunity to see them in real life which was just amazing. 

 The picture on the left is an original print by Hiroshige and the one on the right is Flowering Plumtree (after Hiroshige) (1887) by Vincent Van Gogh. In his copy he changed the colour a little bit and added borders filled with calligraphic characters he borrowed from other prints. Later on I will write some more posts about all the different places we visited and about our exciting ‘Bike seat cover’ project but for now some photographs of Amsterdam.

Quink ink

Recently, while I was looking through my photo gallery  I found some interesting photographs that I took some time ago during shipping forecast project. For this project  I was using quite a lot of quink ink and every time I had too much ink on the paintbrush I was drying it with a tissue and unconsciously I created these blue and yellow/orange abstract shapes (even though I was using black ink.) that in my opinion look just awesome especially when the photograph is changed into black and white image. Well, I think it might be worthwhile to use this idea to do some further experimentation. So I hope you like it and look forward to see the outcome!

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Public Art

Recently at college we were encouraged to do some research about public art as our college comissioned an artist Tim Ward to create a piece of public art in the campus of our college. We were all asked to come up with some creative ideas which is really exciting because everyone can participate in it.

For my research I decided to visit Oxford and together with my friend Anna I went on a journey to look for the Public Art of Oxford. Surprisingly, despite having a map it was quite difficult to find some of the pieces of artwork. However, I can’t complain because finding ‘Grilles and Railings’ by Jon Mills after searching for it for about an hour, giving up, and searching for it again felt more like finding a hidden treasure rather than just decorative gateway. We spend 4,5 hours and found 6 pieces of the public art…and two or three pieces of art which is also in the public but I guess it doesn’t qualify as public art. Enjoy!