I’m still attending my weekly life class and absolutely loving it! I’m pleased with the progress I’ve made, drawing from life really makes a difference and has definitely helped to improve my drawing ability. This week we used inks, sticks and dry paint brushes to experiment with mark making. This appealed to my interest in linear forms. Much of the class again involved quick studies, many of them between 2 and 15 minutes. Towards the end of the class we did 2 half an hour poses and layered up with both grey and black inks. I found that there was not enough time for each drawing, but this forced me to work quickly. The permanence of the ink made me want to build up these drawings in the grey ink first, you can see how I’ve tried to plot out parts of the body several times to get the foreshortening right (not sure that i achieved this but it was a good learning exercise). I saw one of my peers making some lovely background marks with a dry brush and black ink, so I tried to recreate this in my last drawing. The drawings were made on sheets of A1 cartridge paper.

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_MG_1990  _MG_1997  _MG_1999 _MG_2001 _MG_2003 _MG_2004

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A lot of these drawings were done in quite a short amount of time in the class, which gives them a much greater sense of immediacy and movement. I’m still exploring the use of charcoal and I have been trying to focus more on tone in some of the drawings, as I have a habit of making drawings in a purely linear way.

German expressionism was a movement that greatly influenced 20th century art, and that is still influencing art today. The German expressionists were inspired by the rich tradition of german printmaking that predates Durer, but also by primitivism. Realistic portraiture was not the main concern, it was teh depiction of emotion, of pain. The confusion and disorientation of modern man at the turn of the century created a need for immediate and tangible meanings. Die Brucke (a group formed involving Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Fritz Bleyl and Erich Heckel) created many expressive woodcuts based on their opposition to the war and suffering. The German expressionists were greatly inspired by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. All of these artists had something in common; instead of creating aesthetically pleasing images they created something that felt real.

‘No longer should you paint interiors with men reading and women knitting. There must be living beings who breathe, feel, love, and suffer’ – Edvard Munch

As an essay exam question I was asked to research the prints of German wartime printmaker Kathe Kollwitz. I had briefly looked at her before in printmaking, so i knew the basic concepts behind her work. After reading her diaries and letters I look at the work in an entirely different way. After losing her son on the front line in Belgium, Kollwitz expressed her pain, mourning and loss through her drawings prints and sculptures. She felt committed to expressing human and political concerns in her work.

I always had an interest in photography, but it wasn’t until my first year at uni that i learnt how to develop my own film and photographs. In the second semester I looked at photographers Michel Tuma, Bill Brandt, Robert Frank Rodchenko and Anne Liebovitz. Here I have posted som images from my sketchbook.

My first film and contact sheet

Pinhole camera experimentation- The most basic camera involving a pinsized hole that forces the light to project the image outside. The negative mage is then reversed by shining light through it onto another sheet of photo paper.

Sandwiching negatives- This created double images, I could have also put the images on the paper with different amounts of exposure seperately for more controlled effects.

Some of my portfolio prints

Abandoned house behind the Aberystwyth sea front

Buildings in Rome

Sculpture in the Saatchi Gallery London

My DMs on North Beach Aberystwyth

Spencer on North Beach

Polina on North Beach

Sculptures in Rome