I’ve created maquettes for metal/ceramic sculptures on Adobe Illustrator because I’ve spent the first semester making metal sculptures. I didn’t want the work I’m producing now (drawings and sketches) to feel too cut off from the work in the first semester.
I’ve practiced sketching with a stylus pen pen on iPad, and I’m happy with the results. I had to change certain aspects of drawing digitally. The marks made on the iPad was the same darkness regardless of the pressure the pen was on the screen, so I changed the shading instead.
I invented the second drawing using the previous ideas of the sticks from reed diffusers as a starting point. The bottle was a Diesel Loverdose perfume bottle. I chose that one out of the others because of the distinct shape of the glass which I thought was interesting to draw. I made the object unrecognisable because of the original images were distorted when I merged them. I called it Roots I because the term roots signify roots of plants, hair and even place of origin. I think the evolution of the work from ideas to art makes the title appropriate for the drawing. Deleuze and Guattari used the word Rhizome as a concept relating to the endless connections between signs and symbols. I have a copy of their book from BA so I can read about what the authors wrote about rhizomes. Apparently it can be read in any order and still make sense.
I’ve started sketching reed diffusers digitally and with pen on paper. It’s partly done using observation but I’ve changed some aspects of it. The wooden sticks flow out of the bottle in the same way hair does. I see that there is a pattern of my wish to distort things found in reality. For example the bending of the metal sheets in the last semester. Mona mentioned it in the feedback of the work.
I actually started sketching reed diffusers in 2018. I’d like to continue on that strand because I feel that there’s something interesting to explore.
I prefer the ones I sketched on paper to the digital ones because I like the texture of the sketches. The grain of the paper compliments the cross hatch.
I haven’t practiced drawing on iPad much, so I felt that I had less control with sketching on it. It’s possible that the differences in skills with the mediums affect how well I like the work. So i’ll try to practice more iPad drawings to see whether my opinions change. I want to use the printmaking workshops to print the drawings but the university is currently closed due to lockdown.
Looking back at the work I’ve done in the previous semester, I found it hard to connect to it. Comparing it with the work I used to do, it’s different in terms of the type of work. The artworks I’ve done before starting MA (<2018) was referring to some aspect of reality, whereas the work since the start of MA is more compositional. I think having a job has affected my artworks, as a result of not knowing what kind of artist I am anymore due to obligations outside of art. Putting the toothpaste plans from last semester aside, I think it’s a good idea to start from the basics of sketching / drawing ideas using the artworks I used to do as a template, and then go from there.