My previous project “inspired by”, was based on a starting point of memory, the visual response I developed signifies the distortion of memory, both over time and the nature of personal memory and was inspired by the online and physical collection held by the Victoria and Albert museum, I successfully incorporated some personal aspects of my life, including events from childhood and my relationship with other family members. I explored different ways to investigate this theme, and experimented with a range of media and techniques in order to propose aesthetic outcomes. I revisited the earliest part of the course and extended the skills I developed across the workshops and experimented with printing, drawing and created mixed media collages. To further develop and reinforce the theme I also used fragments and pixels in my drawings and incorporated digital pieces which are intended to further develop the original theme into representing memory loss over a period of time. I believe that my printing skills have developed significantly and have massively improved from this project, therefore I wish to continue and stretch these skills further for unit 7.
My main focus of my Unit 7 final major project is to base it on the course in which I have applied for – Illustration. My aim is to record the cafe culture in different environments, basing my primary research in the trendy Northern quarter in Manchester and then in comparison, areas facing austerity such as Blackburn and Bolton and explore the difference through illustration. I will aim is to visit as many cafes as possible and record my findings primarily through sketching and photography and intend to explore a variety of techniques whether that is extending my skills with printing and drawing, or visiting completely new techniques. Some initial ideas for approaching this project include observational drawings of people in the cafe (whilst in the cafe), time lapse video’s, photographs of the same area at different times so I am then able to transfer the images on acetate and overlap them to provide another time lapse style piece of work, I wish to create different compositions of the atmosphere with all the variety of different techniques whilst including typography with the conversations which I will have gathered from the different locations. I wish to explore different forms of bookmaking in this project where I can present my illustrative findings.
I will work closely to a work plan whilst keeping a journal of what I intend to do for the day/week, this will help me keep up to date and encourage me to keep producing work every day, it will also help me to keep organised and on track. Whilst having tutors and students constantly around me, this will help provide regular group crits where I can get feedback on the work I am creating. I will be making a constant reflection of work on my blog which will help me realise my problems and how I have responded to the them. I will produce a final evaluation on completion of the project where I will be evaluating the outcome against my original intentions.
My initial research will be collected from the cafes itself where I can record conversations and sketch the general atmosphere to then work with further digitally. I have already began to look at a range of artist through websites such as Pinterest.
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