The focus of Alexandros’ lecture was the future of sonic arts and the digitalisation of sound. He pointed out that no matter where we are, everything we hear is just noise. If we ignore it, it’s annoying, if we listen to it, we find it interesting. It’s suprising really, how true this is. If we’re trying to concentrate, no matter what it is, we find it annoying. Even if it is something we listen to or watch on a daily basis. For example, if we get home and put music on every day, even if it’s the same music, when we’re trying to concentrate we turn it down, or even off. However, it’s also true that if we just sit and listen, we become absorbed by it, and eventually zone out.
Alexandros then talked about the fact that, once technology allows all ‘noise’ to be at peoples’ reach, artists will have to create new ways to create music that exceed the limits of musical sound.
He then went on to discuss different artists that have tried to capture this theory. I’m aware of a few artists that try to, in a way, ‘draw music’ such as Kandinski. However, I don’t see how I could tie this in with my own studies very much. I think this is more a principal associated with illustrators or fine artists.
Todays independent drawing session was quite different to the others that we’ve been given in the past. In preparation for our life drawing sessions in the up-coming weeks, we were asked to complete a series of drawings based on our own features such as hands, feet, arms and legs or even nails and hair. Having done drawings tasks like this in the past for my foundation course and a level work it’s something I’m very comfortable doing. However, regardless of how many times I complete exercises like this, the results vary and even though I’m overall happy with my drawings it’s safe to say some of them need a slight improvement.
Our ext lecture took a while for me to wrap my head around. The main point of the lecture was how to make sense of something.
“You can make something and you can make sense of something.”
We started by looking at an image on google maps. The image showed a lot of different perspectives due to the different points in which photos have been taken and cropped together. The lecturer made the point that people will obviously understand that, and also understand that the icons on maps such as train station, restaurant (knife and fork), church etc, are just icons and there aren’t any massive images hovering over the city, and therefore people make sense of the maps.
The lecturer then went on to talk about anamorphism, and how artists have used this in the past, such as Hans holbein and his painting ‘the ambassadors’ in which when you look at the bottom of the painting, originally the image looks like a smudge however if you look at it from a different perspective we realise it’s actually an image of a skull.
Personally, I don’t know if I could tie this in with textiles, however it’s definitely a serious point to consider in other subject areas.
The main focus of todays drawing session was to experiment with as many different textures using different media as possible. We had to split our page into loads of squares and spend the rest of the day experimenting. I mainly used pens, fineliners, pencils charcoal and a little bit of watercolour paint. It started off being helpful but ended up being suprisingly difficult, and towards the end of the day very tedious. However, it’s useful to be able to turn back and refer to the page when I’m uncertain of how to create a certain texture so overall I’m quite pleased that we were given this exercise.
The whole point of this session was to experiment with techniques that we’ve never used before within different time limits. We were sent out to collect different man made and natural objects that we found on site so the main things we managed to find were leaves, flowers, twigs, rusty nails, bits of concrete and berries. The first task was to do a continuous line drawing within 5 minutes, we were then instructed to draw for another minute in a different material so I switched from pen to pencil.
We were then instructed to complete a drawing using our left hand [or right if you’re left handed] within 4 minutes. Although my drawing wasn’t exactly accurate this is a handy way of learning how to properly observe the object you’re trying to draw, as you need to concentrate more on your lines and the lines within the object so it’s definitely a useful technique. We also had to complete another continuous line, a blind contour and finally using an anchored elbow which was very restrictive but allowed us to create some effective lines. We then had an hour to do two drawings using whatever techniques we wanted to, where I chose to do a blind contour and a continuous line. Although I’ve never really experimented using many of these techniques in the past, I’d definitely advise people to use them in the future as ways of learning how to observe your objects in closer detail.
The title of our first constellation lecture was ‘ideas’ and the main subject was the importance of ideas and original thought, and how to use these ideas as certain tools.
The first example our lecturer used was Picasso. He began by looking at Picasso’s older pieces. For me, whenever I think of Picasso, and it’s probably the same with a lot of people, we immediately think of his abstract, sort of animated style paintings. However, by looking at his earlier pieces we learnt that his original pieces were done in a much more traditional style, in that, they weren’t abstract or brightly coloured, and then, after questioning the orthodoxies on what art was built, he had an idea, and thanks to this idea, he began to work in the more non-traditional fashion that we now associate Picasso with today.
The main point Theo made was that we need to question everything, such as, Can I better this? Or Can this be done differently?
I think this is an important point in every subject, not just art. However when studying something like textiles, or fashion, this is definitely important otherwise our techniques wouldn’t evolve, and everything would look the same. I think subconsciously everyone does this anyway, however, until Theo had put it clearly in front of us, I don’t think many people had sat down and actually thought about it in this way before, so this lecture was definitely helpful.
Another trip, another museum. This time, we were given four specific drawing tasks that involved drawing different objects within the National Museum in Cardiff.
1. Select a 3D, realistic, posed human, figurative sculpture – Undertake this exercise as a blind contour drawing.
I can’t say I’m disappointed with the outcome of this task, although I did a series of these drawings this was the one that I was most satisfied with. Although this was a blind contour drawing, I’ve done tasks like this in the past, so it’s not something that’s exactly out of my comfort zone. Although the drawing isn’t perfect, personally I like the imperfections within it.
2. A composition that contains lots of ellipses – Draw the forms as you see them, not as you know them to be. Use line, shading and textual surface qualities.
For this task I chose a series of paintings that contained elipses. However, I did what most people probably wouldn’t have done and went for the elipses that weren’t quite perfect. From what the tasks required I think my drawings were fine, I’m not exactly keen on them but I cant quite decide why, however, the fact that some artists chose to put imperfections within their work I think adds a lot of originality to their style of drawings.
3. A chair that is either on display or is a piece provided for the public to use – Construct the drawing using negative spaces only
I’m not happy with the drawing that I produced for this task, safe to say I have a lot more practising to do with negative spaces.
4. A painting or drawing on display that depicts a scene, either from nature or man-made – Make a tonal pencil drawing of this image, concentrating on perspective, depth, foreground and background.