Illustrations for field project

Changing the idea for my field project outcome due to tutor feedback at assessment I decided to develop the idea using the template of the original but combining it with the processes used in the group project.

My original idea for my field piece was to take images around Cardiff and Cardiff bay respectively and manipulate these onto solid blocks of plaster of varying shapes and sizes much like the plaster used for making a mould for slip casting only without being hollow and the shape of the object and its details within.

My new idea from tutor feedback opinion is to create a series of individual drawing study’s of the upper part of the human body and illustrate these designs using parts of the city with the aim of these study’s and the overall piece put together showing my belief that the city and the person have more in common than we realise.

With this set in mind my aim for the exhibition is to have three illustrations of around A2/A3 size depicting the skin the skeleton and the organs underneath which with foil and a presser print attempt to add colour to the design. Also I will hope that I can expand on my skills, ideas and outcome using Photoshop and artist influence and transferring images onto different surface materials to show development and concentration of ideas.


Clay heart (human and cybernetic) subject final piece


These are my completed heart pieces for one of my subject project outcomes, overall I really like the look and shape of the pieces and I am hoping that as they are hollow and cut so air can easily circulate they will come out in one piece. Then once they are fired I will have to glaze them and wait to see the results which will give me enough time to make the desired glazes and test them to see which effect looks the best ready to be put back in for firing after next week.

Giving some heart (subject outcome)

After a lot of trial and error and stress I finally finished of my two heart pieces ready for firing next week. The idea behind this piece which hopefully when being assessed will show a Fine Art direction aims to make the viewer see the common similarity’s between ourselves and technology. Speaking as a person who struggles with many things technology being one of them I wanted this piece to show that technology isn’t something that we should be afraid of because it has changed and helped our lives individually so much and it cant all be the doom and gloom that older generations who didn’t have access to these resources at our age think. To some extent technology can overpower us but the reasoning behind the clay heart is symbolic more than any of the intended pieces for this outcome.

Originally I wanted to start uni fighting by creating a piece that would be a ceramic torso upwards life-size cast, But now with restrictions on cost of materials and time I know that this was a very ambitious idea so I went back to the drawing board to rethink the outcome as my tutor feedback was all positive for the idea and the links just not so much for the outcome overall at this moment in time.

Taking this into account I decided don’t focus to much on what the final piece will be experiment through drawings and materials more and from this then you will have a more fine-tuned idea. From this I created a set of hand’s, two hearts and a head piece idea combining the idea of the human body and cybernetics.

Through experiments I discovered that to create a realistic looking head with the details of the face I would have to make a cast in mod rock of the head and an alginate mask to capture the details of my friends face, for that  I would have to create a two part or one part cast to capture the details of the skin of my hand as well as the right looking shape and positioning. And finally I would have to find a suitable and realistic looking heart image to give me a template to base my clay piece on and for colour glaze ideas ready for after the pieces have come out of the kiln for bisque firing.

Also whilst keeping fingers crossed the heart pieces doesn’t explode in the kiln I decided to fine tune this outcome to my artist research, by aiming to produce a series of illustrations that on Photoshop I will aim to manipulate onto skin and print out to show relation to the work of medical illustrator artist Danny Quirk for display in my end of year exhibition display.

Constellation PDP

Since coming to Cardiff Met to study artist designer maker I have found settling in and keeping up to deadlines difficult and although I am meeting these deadlines I believe that I can do better and hopefully look back and see the major difference in the way I am performing in the individual areas of my course. At this moment in time even with two shorts essays completed and submitted I am struggling to write on an academic scale and due to this I am unsure whether my essays will make the pass or fail, however constellation from the massive talks to smaller group lectures and option lectures have helped me gain more confidence in my abilities and feedback will hopefully push me in the right direction where I am struggling in preparation for future assignments.

When writing my first essay entitled “the baby cage” Cath Davies talk on examining an image was really useful and is something that I have honestly not come across during my A-Level and Gcse’s  essay writing. this helped me to take the object then analyse the object and describe what you feel is being said and define what you have found from the image which since that talk I have noticed I am thinking more about such as when I am creating a final piece, I examine in my own mind why after the decision process this is my final outcome, why this material is more suitable than another, what I would like the viewer of the piece to think when they see it and whether I want them to interact and how do I get them to interact with the piece to add external value to the piece. since cath’s talk I have pushed myself to examine images and my own work more and how what I am finding is relevant which has helped me fine tune what info I use at the beginning of my projects which has affected the final look of the workload and piece in comparison to projects I did outside of uni which pretty much-branched out in to many directions and the piece was visibly affected by this.

Another interesting and valuable lecture talk was by Jenny Godfrey who works in the university library, due to past experiences on my foundation course I discovered that two things had significantly got worse the first was that I wouldn’t approach anyone to ask for help especially with the baby cage essay needing to be done and speaking to an individual and a group of people as a whole terrified me for many reasons and is still something I am trying to improve on. After Jenny Godfrey’s talk I felt more confident speaking to a group of fellow students and that I could approach members of staff without fear of being an annoyance. Also from this talk I learned about how to use the library systems such as how to find a book on the uni system known as Summon, how to reference a book correctly or any form of evidence and how once you have found a book how to check the book into your account for the period allowed for the book to be out of the library which I have done more and more in order to further develop my knowledge on the subjects and areas I am using in my projects to show I am willing to develop and improve on my strengths and my weaknesses and see where they take me not just in my degree but also the career I aim to accomplish by the end of this course.

Also within the second term I had to choose which of eight options for constellation I related to the most, having decided whilst on foundation to try new things and take risks that would pay off I was torn between sonic arts which I enjoyed because I knew nothing about, constructing movements that covered a wide range of art movements which throughout my work I have noticed I am building quite a collection of and expressing the unseen. honestly from reading the descriptions of all three I went for Martyn Woodward’s option as his lectures seemed to best suit what my course is all about and how we must observe and think about what we make which the basis of his talks were aiming at and open my mind to new ways of thinking and analysing images and ways of thinking. In particular Ernst Gombrich theory involving the imagery of a rhinoceros I related to as I have found myself imagining what the piece is and how I will make it but have completely overlooked some important stages in between that will majorly decide whether the piece will work or even if the piece can be made this way. From Martyns lectures I have gone away and re evaluated my work from the course so far and annotated to see how my mind thought before the lectures and how I think about things in more depth now which has changed the overall look of the work I am presenting and the ways I go around doing this and presenting the evidence of this.

Even with all this knowledge I am still worried about the overall quality of my 2500 word essay and whether the topic is suitable  and can be linked between the theories and research i have been learning about for the eight weeks of constellation with Martyn. I have found constellation challenging overall and the major detailed parts difficult to understand but i have now developed a better understanding of what is being said and asked of me and put my hesitation and worry down to the fact that officially i have never been to uni before and instead of panicking about not understanding things i should take my time and think things through and eventually i will be more confident that things are going right and when things go wrong how i can correct them.