TED Talk Project: The Roots of Plant Intelligence, Final Images

Here are my final, coloured images for the TED talk project. As I mentioned in the previous post, I eventually ran out of time with this project and the day before the deadline I had to re-draw some images, scan all of them, clean them up on Photoshop and the digitally colour them. It was a very long day but was very rewarding as I finished all of the images and I was extremely pleased that I managed to meet the deadline. Also, I believe that I learned a lot about meeting deadlines in the future and having to change a project slightly at the last minute. Now that I managed to finish all of these in that one day, I know that I could get a lot done in one day if I set my mind to it
I am extremely pleased with these final images, even though I was hesitant about working digitally at first, but the block colours worked extremely well compared to my original paintings and I am now more confident about working digitally in the future. However, as a really love painting and this medieval style of drawing, I would like to experiment with both in the future, but this is something that I can work on and practice with over the summer ready for my third and final year.


TED Talk Project: Final Compositions

For my final images, I decided to colour them digitally but I had one day left to do this before the deadline and so I had to work very quickly and hard to finish the project in time. On top of this I also had to redraw a few of the images I had painted because there couldn’t be coloured digitally. This is also where I began to look into neurons and how to incorporate them into the plant roots and I’m very pleased with the final result of these compositions. Below are the final compositions I used for the illustrations before I added colour to them.

TED Talk Project: Inital Ideas of Final Images

After my first critique for this project I started to colour my images, experimenting with different ways of applying colour to the images as suggested in the critique. I also was told that to re-think the idea of using the imagery of a brain in the images and to look into the shapes and patterns of plant roots compared to the shapes and patterns of brains and neurons. As well as this, I was given the idea to incorporate themes of nature verses mad made, in relation to the idea of the underestimation of plants by humans, in the use of archways in the illustrations. I could do this by having the plants breaking out of and taking over the man made arches. As for the colouring of the images, I experimented with using a mix of gouache, ink and watercolour as well as gold ink for the archways. The painting process was taking a very long time to finish, mainly because there were quite large images, and eventually I began to run out of time and had to think of a different way to colour them. Below I have included the images I showed in my critique, not all of them are colour or finished, they are just rough composition ideas at this point.

TED Talk: The Roots of Plant Intelligence by Stefano Mancuso

After watching a variety of different TED talks I chose to focus on Stefano Mancuso’s ‘The Roots of Plant Intelligence’. I chose this TED Talk for my project because I found they way Stefano Mancuso talked about plants very interesting, especially when he gave life to them and described them as almost having a mind of their own and this is a idea I thought could translate well into illustration.

Here are some of the key ideas and themes I took from the talk:
– the underestimation of plants by humans
– the comparison between plants and animals
– the mention of Noah sheltering animals on the ark, but not any plants
– the sophisticated senses of plants compared to animals
– the complex behaviour of plants
– the fact the the blue whale is thought to be the largest living creature on earth when there are trees much, much larger
– plants being considered low level organisms
– the movement of plants, e.g. growing,finding sunlight, flowering
– plants communicating with each other
– plants tricking insects and animals to distribute pollen
– the roots of the plants and the comparison between them and the brain

All of the points above are issues and ideas i would like to explore in my research and development and address in my final images. Below are some quick ink drawings taken from my sketchbook which I drew whilst listening to the talk.

Field, Beyond Fiction: Final Pieces and Assesment Set Up


For Beyond Fiction, I made some promotional posters for the fictional show involved in my narrative, and also used the concertina book that I made during Gorilla in the Roses to create a book of small ink paintings of all the actors from the cigarette cards I had collected. I am much happier with these outcomes than my previous mono-prints and believe that they reflect my original concepts and ideas more, I only wish that I had done more but maybe I could return to this project again in my own time. I presented the posters as well as my earlier mono-prints in a black box and I really like the effect of that as a whole, the lack of colour reminds me of silent films and the images I was looking at for research. Below are scanned images of my posters as well as the small ink paintings from the concertina book.

‘The Loreley’ Promotional Material

Concertina Book Portraits

Field, Beyond Fiction: Sketchbook Work

This is a continuation of my beyond fiction project and the following images are all taken from my sketchbook. I began to play around with poster and set ideas for my project using quink ink this time instead of mono-printing. For the design of the theatre, I used images of Art Deco animals from ‘4000 Animal, Bird and Fish Motifs – A Source Book’ by Graham McCallum and used them as decoration for archways and pillars in the theatre, however I didn’t end up developing the design of the theatre any further in my project. I began to simplify my narrative idea, deciding for my final pieces to create promotional material from a production of ‘The Loreley’ featuring Constance Talmadge and Victor Mclaglen. The promotional pieces would include posters and signed pictures of the actors, that’s why I started to also begin drawing quick images of the actors with quink ink. I feel that this way of working suits the project far better than the mono-prints did and the ink makes the images look like old photographs, a look I was trying to achieve. I am particularly happy with the images of Constance Talmadge, but feel the images of Victor Mclaglen could be improved.

Field, Gorilla in the Roses: Edited Collages

Here are some collages that I took from my book of collage and edited to create separate collages. By simply cropping the images in a certain way, I created these collages and managed to make them somewhat different and separate to the initial collages in the book and I am very pleased with the result.

As well as the collages above, I created a series of collages that simply had the faces removed from them creating a surreal and interesting look to the images.