Formal Assessment – images

This is a detail from my sketchbook; drawings of metallic birds in biro, and watercolour finger-painted into place. The support is pink sugar paper pasted into the book. It was probably the first time I had made loose drawings of this kind and it came after buying a copy of Henry Moore’s book full of ‘wire frame’ drawings of sheep. I think this series of drawings represents something of an early milestone in exploration of different media and supports as I had never used either before. My approach to drawing had also changed in this work, looser and less ‘perfect’. … Continue reading Formal Assessment – images

Assignment 2, response to feedback

Years ago, when the words ‘reflective’ and ‘practice’ began to enter the vocabulary of our clinical trainees, those of us longer in the professional tooth thought it a little fanciful. After all, reflecting was what mirrors do and mirrors are passive so what was the point? As time passed, it became evident that it referred to the process we understood as consideration – a thoughtful balancing and weighing up of events retrospectively in order to learn from them. Latterly though, and seeing it here in this different context, I’d be inclined to expand that understanding to include something more transactional … Continue reading Assignment 2, response to feedback

Assignment 2 self evaluation

Demonstration of technical and visual skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills. This is hard to judge in terms of skills. I’ve had conversations about realism versus expression and the vague feeling that preferring the latter is some sort of cop out. At one level I know this is not true – I believe I can draw and I have pre-OCA drawings I return to occasionally to remind myself – but I felt the need to do a couple more just for the record. Not photo-realistic, still more interpretive, but definitely of something recognisable.   … Continue reading Assignment 2 self evaluation

Part 2, Assignment 2

 I am thinking of going for an interior again after what felt like quite a turning point with the previous exercise. This time more horizontals and with this ornamental firescreen that always reminds me of a Klimt painting. I took a series of photos to focus the letterbox idea in my head and pasted them onto a landscape orientation A4 sheet to use for reference and palette. Google sometimes stitches these together to form a panorama and I’m hopeful that it will, given time. Then I set about making a composition, moving some items around and foregrounding a couple of them, whereupon … Continue reading Part 2, Assignment 2