Over the course of this first term, deciding what my general direction and focus for the year, has been the main theme throughout. Opening up to doing process driven project was the key to my inspiration for how I wanted my work to develop, being with the ‘visual editing’ one day brief, set by Amelia in the first week, gave me the first clue as to how I wanted to work. Further developing this process of illustrating then opened me up to developing this maker of working and lead to me pushing further into the exploration of colour and how it can be utilised in my work; working directly in colour and working without black lines liberated my illustrations immensely.
Leading on from this, I looked at improving the overall quality and professional finish of my work, by pushing to work from an observational perspective; as it is obviously a great skill within my illustration practise. By doing this, and becoming more observant of the world around me, I found the theme that I wanted to explore staring me right in the face. Once you open your eyes and look around, it is impossible to ignore the growing homeless crisis, that is growing both in Cardiff and the UK, as a whole. This inspired me to research the local charities and government led initiatives aimed at tackling this problem. Once I had found my focus, I feel like my work really took off, with a cause and a people to represent, my focus became responding and finding an illustrative path to aid me in creating the work that I wanted to create.
From narrative, to observation and responding, I was naturally lead into reportage illustration and the realism that it presents, which is perfect to communicating the narratives that I want to carry throughout my work. Reportage illustration and the professional research that it has lead to has really opened my eyes to it’s potential for the future, throughout this term, my professional practise progress has been very informative of my project work, giving a future context to my work and my practise. The workshops with both, Georgia and Phil Wrigglesworth, have underpinned my progress with a constant consideration to the future of my practise after graduation. With that in mind, I’m hoping that the direction of my project, working with the charity Huggard, will be a great addition to my creative CV; working with a high profile local charaty, that does vital work and provides an excellent service, is a career path that I’d love to follow. As part of my professional practise research I’ve been looking at many artists that work along side charities, or produce work on their behalf; making my current project very relevant to my future professional practise.
While I’ve moved away from my dissertation work, and it’s theme, Doodling, unconscious line and the subconscious, my progress on the research and writing my first chapter, has underpinned the continued artist research that I’ve been doing as part of my continued creative practise. In addition, looking at surrealist artists, such as Kandinsky and Dali, has been an incredibly interesting undertaking. Their influences from child art and dreams is very informative on how an artist might communicate in challenging and diverse ways. In addition my research on Psychoanalysis and our understand of the subconscious mind has been truly fascinating. How can we be sure that the creations that we make when we doodle absentmindedy are as insignificant as we have assumed; David Lloyd Georges doodles from the amnesty treaty agreements (1919-20) give a great deal of insight to the high tension and intense stress of the negotiations, that might not have been recored in such a transparent way otherwise.
Over the course of this term, I feel like the main development in my work, in all areas, has been an overall increase in confidence in my ability to produce work of a high standard. The main areas of concern in all areas of my degree going forward will be, first completing my dissertation to a high standard and getting the upmost out of my research material, getting to grips with a how I would like to move into the world of professional illustration after graduation (the avenues open to me and the best way for me to present my self professionally- in a way that reflects how I would like to practise), and the follow through of my current project, working with Huggard and creating a constructive conversation with them about how my work can aid them in generating support for their cause and informing the public on how they can help this charity.