This is Laura’s Blog and inside are all my feelings and ideas about my work leading up to the Degree Show next year.

Last year I started moving my drawings  in to the field of animation. So started making my flat drawings in to a short film.

For my final piece I produced a short animated film from taking photographs of my drawings one frame at a time. Then put them together in I Movie to produce the finished piece.

The story is a love story about two people who are alone, and by chance meet and fall in love. The film shows them spending the day together, with my pencil drawings as the medium. They have a panic together and goon a long walk to a lovely garden and spend the rest of the day there.

I am interested in the themes which often appear in children’s stories and folk tales. Themes which I included in the film were love and passion, rich and power, despair and being alone.

The story is a love story about two people who are alone, and by chance meet and fall in love. The film shows them spending the day together,with my pencil drawings. They have a panic together and go on a long walk to a lovely garden and spend the rest of the day there.

I have been looking at Grayson Perry’s work as my buildings in the Magic is Coming have a cartoon look, as if they are not from reality. As they are very childlike in the way I have designed the shop names for example.

Moore reports that “we were concerned that it was’nt pure fairytale,” (2015, p.1) Grayson Perry designed the house for his show the “House of Essex” It has a fastory look to it the house, which fits in to my own work. Perry wanted it to be more than fastory, he wanted it to be like a folk tale.

After looking at my short film Love and Teacups again I felt that my own work has improved a great deal. The main reason for this is that my own drawing practice has developed much more, as I have spend time focusing my style. I have done this my reading more on the subject. Also while I am drawing I think were for example the shoulders would be, and now they would connect to the body. Then apply this to the drawing.

Reflection on the drawings which I am now producing for my story. I can clearly see how much my drawings have become artworks in their own right. Using charcoal has helped me develop my work so it becomes more interesting and more I have become more free with the mudium. Kentridge reports that “charcoal is very fortuitous.” (2016) Kentridge found this when working on the Soho/Felix Series, as charcoal allowed him to explore the medium and add mood to each scene that he created. I have learnt a lot in the last year, about how to tell a narrative without using words. As my story only uses images to convey what is being depicted on screen.




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Green thinks that “In The Sleeping Beauty, who awakens Aurora from her wretched curse and saves the day?” (2012, p.1)

This drawing is called Save at Last and was completed with charcoal and pastel. It is from the end of the film, when Robert Gold has saved everyone, and the town’s people are happy as they are safe. They are all gathered around Robert Gold and Lacey.

I have been looking at John Currin, as like my own work Currin uses people as subjects for his work. In Save at Last the characters are free and safe. I spend a lot of time, making sure that the characters faces are as correctly drawing. Compared to the other parts of the body. Dexter notes that “the subjects face is treated with the same care and deliberation as the rest of the body” (2006, p.70).

After refection I  have felt that this work is quite good. I love the fact that they are standing around Robert Gold and Lacey.

The drawing of the couple in the middle of the page is sweet. It adds the emotion to the story. You can feel their joy as they have saved the town. Brianna Ives is a writer and plays her own music, on the piano. Rockhampton thinks that “I love telling stories and being able to connect with people and with their emotions” (2015, p.2) Ives tells stories through her music, as it is important that the music has something to say. I tell narratives with my drawings, like Brianna.

The drawing of the couple in the middle of the page is sweet. It adds the emotion to the story. The drawings are drawing like this so that they are in a fitted size so that it gives the work a foammat. So that they are in the same field. The drawing is a certain size. Kovats suggest that “Drawing is seen as a field co-extenise with real space,” (2012, p.23).


Montrie observes that “Tensions had to be high” (2003, p.1)

The Battle is charcoal/pastel on paper and sets the scene for the part of the story when Robert Gold frights the evil witch. They fright with magic swords and their is tension between them. In the background we can see passes by rushing to move away as they are not sure of what going to happen. They are fighting in the middle of the street, with shops on both sides. Including a Stationary Store and Toy Shop. The hero’s stand by Robert Gold to show their support. The other two witches are standing the other side, near their boss.

Katherine Morling is an artist who is working with nattative as the theme behind her work. Farrell notes that “In the process of mapping out a new piece that centres on a group of figures in, action”. (2016, p.1) This links well to my work as it features people as my work also tells a narrative, and the characters show the emotion of the story.

The scene is a part of the story, were the action really starts to take off and we see the characters use through magic and the child side of the viewer will take over through imagination. Green observes that “fairy tales are a child’s world of imagination and pleasure,” (2012, p.2).

I feel quite pleased with the end review. I feel that the fright contains the right amount of action. So the viewer can get in to the story at the time of viewing it.

I feel that I have done The Battle quite well and I am proud of the way this picture turned out. It has a amount value to it as a piece of art, as it fills in more about the story. So the viewer get more of an insight in to the background of the characters. One of the most difficult parts was to make sure the charcoal did not smudge the part of the drawing which has already been done, as this would effect the impact on the narrative. Blazwick reports that “For Kentridge gesture acts as narrative. Always monochrome, the mark is a character.” (2016, p.4)For example it may make it harder to see a expression on one of the character’s faces.



Langhamer, C. (2013 ,p.63) “The emergence of the “pin-up” image offered new models of femininity.”

This is a pastel drawing of the main female character Lacey. The lady is holding a rose. The figure is the focal point of the drawing. Lacey’s eyes are closed, but she is happy,as she is smiling. Lacey’s skin is pale, but in her cheeks can see tints of red. Her thick brown hair adds beauty to the outlook of the image. Lacey has a pretty face. I have included lots of shaded pastels such as red, brown, blue and green.

I spend time thinking about were I needed to place certain parts of the face. Such as the eyes, nose and mouth. I wanted to make Lacey look like a real figure, as much as I could. So I have looked at John Currin as he takes a lot of care and time in to making sure that the face is correctly featured. So this is why I have chosen to look at his work. Dexter (2006, p.70) “the subjects face is treated with the same care and deliberation as the rest of her body”

I quite like the image as it makes me feel happy and it’s bright pastels gets the viewer to notice it. It is almost like a pin-up poster for a bill board from the past, which the person is smiling. The lady is making the viewer feel welcomed. So then the viewer will be interested, gets there attention.

Bernasconi, F. (2005, p.367) “women are simply one of the many themes that make up an existential panaorama with realism.” Araki likes to include women in his work as he feels they bring a quality to the photographs. As they adds a real side of life to his work, making it more interesting to the viewer. As their feminist shines through. My work is of a female figure, the main character in the story, Lacey. The work has no real portrait qualities as it is very flat. The pastels add lightness, but there should be more mixture and blending. Nobuyoshi Araki is a photographer, who themes include the female figure. His photographs also look sometimes like a female pin-up poster. Which my drawing does as it shows Lacey in a almost photographic image, like a poster.


Bol Marjoram

Bol Marjoram has a exhibition coming to the Canal in March. Titled What kind of hole am I?. The reasons while I am interested in Marjoram’s work is because I am making collages for part of my work for the Degree Show. The images will show and expand on the world of the film. Using paper and card to produce multi-media artwork.

Marjoram has experience working in Animation, which is what my work is about. Canal responds that “Collage is a technique which collects and juxtaposes different kinds of material.” (2017, p.1)

By making collages I have found that it is helping my process for the film as it’s making me think about the narrative and how the characters are affected by their emotions. Canal thinks that “It is by its nature an inclusive process.” (1017, p. 1)

Marjoram has people in the collages. This reflects in my work as my collages have the characters from the film included in them. Such as the evil witches trying to take over the town. Marjoram almost has two layers to the work. As there’s the background and then the people over the top of it. There is a good contrast between the  different shades. The focal point of the colour is the background. Lots of different texture and use of other mediums are shown. Such as ribbed paper. This add to the people as they give them a grounding in the work.

Makes them stand out more and acts almost like a narrative. Which is what I am doing. As my film the people can against a background such as the shops for example. These details help to fill in what the character are experiencing and help to explode the story.