The Selfish Giant: Composition Ideas

Here are some composition ideas from my Selfish Giant project, drawn in my sketchbook with graphite pencils. These compositions took me quite a while to get right, however I’m really happy with the final result and was pleased to receive positive feedback on them from my tutors as well. I used a variety of inspiration for these compositions, all taken from my research into medieval manuscripts and illumination as well as religious icons and paintings, and I have illustrated some of the key scenes from the story. I really played around with the use of nature and architecture in relation to the characters in my compositions, using many resources from the places I have visited as part of my research for this project, and I am pleased with the final result.

Even though I was very happy overall with these compositions, especially since I really took my time with them, there was a few that I wanted to tweak a bit and so I redid some of them which can be seen below. I think I prefer these ones mostly, but I’m still not too sure about The Wall image so I may end up creating a combination of the two different versions. Overall though I have really enjoyed this part of the project and feel like I’m definitely starting to find myself within my work and am a lot more comfortable with how I am working, my next step however is to begin applying colour to my work, and this is something that I also really want to get right and spend quite a bit of time on.

Mary and Jesus Screen Prints


I really wanted to make something Christmas themed for our fundraising stalls but also wanted whatever I made to reflect what I have been researching and how I’ve been working so far, so I decided to make an image of Mary and Jesus in the style of a Religious Icon. I began by drawing up the image then transferring it to a screen ready for screen-printing. It took my awhile to actually come up with the image above because I had quite a lot of difficulty with the screens I was using, the first one spilt while the second hadn’t been exposed properly. Despite this, I finally made a screen I was happy and managed to make a print I was also happy with, however, some of the prints that didn’t expose properly still look very interesting.

Life Drawing Part 2

Here are a few life drawings from two different sessions that I attended in the last few weeks. The sessions featured two different models and the poses ranged from five minute poses to twenty minute poses, giving us a challenge of working with different time limits. I really enjoyed life drawing once again as I haven’t done it since last year, and I definitely want to make it a regular occurrence in my time table. I found it tricky getting back into the habit of life drawing once again, however I think there is an improvement in the later images compared to the earlier ones, and this just shows that I should do it more often in order to really improve my skills.