To conclude unit 5, I am satisfied (but not altogether gleaming) with the progress I have made in comparison to the first part of the course (from September to November). I have produced four outcomes – two for extraneous employability reasons and two relating to for Unit 5. I’ve used this module to experiment, more or less – I’ve learnt some effects using watercolour, like using line-and-wash and salt to get certain effects with brushes and pens to make illustrative work. I’ve also looked at oil painting further in depth, too, with my documented research of handbooks and MDF studies. I’m starting to come into my own once again nearing the end of Unit 5, ironically, but it’s in preparation for deadlines nine days into the future, so I’m obliged to put a lot of effort in. A strength of the work is that I believe its of a quality upon being scrutinised with techniques and approaches used by artists before me, and I’ve annotated this on the blog. I think that the preparatory work for the outcomes made has been studied and conceptualised quite well, too.
I feel that my research and co-operation into Wayne Hemingway and his company, whilst working with them for two weeks, has been a more positive side to this Unit. I’ve learnt a lot about how a creative design industry works, and where my CAD design skills would come in handy. It also proves that I’ll need to learn more about Adobe Illustrator if I was to do some more work experience for him (or people like him) in the future. I’m hoping to contact a lady called Amy, who’s the organiser for the Festival of Making here in Blackburn upon his request.
I’m hoping (and prioritising) that FMP will be much better, in the consistency of the outcomes produced to the research and practicalities of hanging my work. This will have its fair share of problems, with my intentions of working with cartoons requiring larger spaces and frames. All part of the process, though – if organised and executed properly it will work. There are going to be a lot more areas of assessment, too, which I believe is similar to most of A Level assessment objectives, so I’m going to need to get thinking and focusing seriously. This unit has been a good one for understanding the tools of the trade of different mediums other than oil painting and drawing, but I’m really going to need to focus on producing work for my courses at a rapid pace now.
More to come