Life drawing is something I haven’t done in ages and I really needed the practice so I decided to go to the a workshop. I really enjoyed life drawing again and would definitely like to keep it up in order to improve more because at first I found it quite difficult, as I haven’t done it in a while, but found that I improved as I drew more. We started with quick one minute poses, then five minute poses and kept increasing the time until we had 45 minute poses, which are below, and this really helped to get me back into drawing the human figure again.
After making my own animation, I collaborated with fellow illustration students Leanne Burnell and Lester Duggan to create the stop motion animation below. It’s made up from various parts of all three of our collage work and we all had an input to create it. We weren’t thinking of any narrative in particular, we just wanted to play around with animation and wanted it to be random and surreal. I think we certainly achieved that and I really like the end result because of it’s randomness.
Animation is something I have briefly tried before but have always wanted to explore further and I thought this project was perfect to experiment with it. I used a lot of collages that appear in my book of collage and made the animation using stop motion, a technique that was quicker and simpler than I thought it would be. The main difficulty of animating these images was the fiddly aspect of it, particularly Rapunzel’s hair, but with practice and patience this will be easier to overcome.
At first, I didn’t have any particular narrative in mind as evident with the first two animations which just feature figures moving from their paintings, however, I began to find narratives within my collages which I then converted to animations, these being the Pandora’s box and Rapunzel animations.
The final animation was inspired by my constellation work on the theory of the monstrous feminine. We actually looked at the same image of Marlene Dietrich in our lectures and it is such a surreal image I thought it would be prefect to animate. It is also my favourite of all the animations I have done. I am very pleased with the overall final look of the animation, even though it’s not perfect, and would definitely like to continue making some more from the collages I have done for this project.
Tom Martin gave us a workshop on making concertina books that we could potentially use as part of our Gorilla in the Roses project. Although the books looked rather complicated, with Tom’s guidance and measurements they were quite simple to make. We were also shown techniques on how to make a book with fold out pages and pockets rather than just a simple concertina book. Even if I don’t end up using the book for this project, it will certainly come handy for future work and I was very glad to learn how to make these books. We also had a Photoshop workshop showing us how to create collages digitally in Photoshop through various ways including different layers, layer masks, drop shadow effects and the lassos tools. This workshop was also very useful as I don’t work digitally often and could always do with learning new things on Photoshop.
We began our second field option, ‘Gorilla in the Roses’, with an introduction to the module and a workshop involving book alteration and collage. In the lecture, we looked at the work of Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton, particularly their defilement of a ‘Collins Guide to Roses’ book from a public library, for which they eventually got arrested for and what the module is named after. We discussed collage and montage and the colliding of images, worlds and entities to create artwork as well as the defilement of existing materials whether through art forms such as ‘ready mades’ or public defilement, e.g. graffiti. The lecture also involved the idea of farce and we were shown clips from ‘Carry On’ and ‘The League of Gentlemen’ as examples of caricature, misunderstanding, stereotypes and farce.
In our next session, we were all given books from the library and we told to create collages from them working either in or out of the book. I decided to work within the book, using images from it and other books to create my collages and would eventually like to fill the whole book with work creating a book of collage. After initially creating random collages, we were told to try and create some with a continuous narrative in them, most of my collages are random, but a few have clear narrative working within them. I really enjoyed the beginning of this field module, collage is a medium I don’t often work with and so it was great working with the freedom of collage and working into the actual book itself.