Organic 1 Evaluation



Our project brief was Organic it was split up into 3 units,

Unit 3: An introduction to drawing skills.

Unit 4: An introduction to the communication skills used in support of art and design and the development an understanding of the role that communication skills play in informing and developing ideas.

Unit 5: opportunity to use previously acquired skills, knowledge and understanding to work toward the solution of a defined 2D art and design problem.

The Organic theme covers a wide range elements for example, natural substances and structures, Flora & Fauna, living things etc.

My target for this term was to keep up to date with all blog work and experiment with different medias. Personally, I feel I achieved these goals, I did this by coming in on my days off to catch up on unfinished blog work and work further  in detail in my practical work. The subject I was looking forward to was the mono and lino printing workshops. I feel the workshops gave me a deep understanding of the media, therefore I could challenge and push myself  within my work.


Summary of research

To get primary research I went to the Kendal Museum and took a number of photographs of the Preserved insects they had there because in this project I am focusing on insects. However, I used the website Pinterest to get pictures of foreign insect species that I was unable to gather primary research for myself. I found doing all of these things helped me create a rounded picture of the subject i was focusing on.

In the first two weeks we covered many different drawing techniques such as mark making facial proportions, shading, gridding up and perspective drawing. This then bled into a third week where we scaled up a large scale drawing of a natural structure

The artist that most inspired me in this project would have be Angie lewin. I was inspired by her work as her work has a unique stylized 60s look, however incorporates the flora & Fauna theme. My second artis would have to be David Hockney. I favor his work because he uses vibrant coloures and interesting patterns that can bring

Experimentation and development

During this project we a visited and completed a number of different workshops, drawing techniques, mono printing, lino printing, mixed media and Photoshop. In each of these workshops we were given a practical demonstration and though how do do each method for each media. I have experience in all these medias, however, doing them in college this built my confidence within each of theses.

Throughout this project I feel that I didn’t come across any major problems within the workshops we completed, I did however, find in the lino print workshop while cutting the lino I would accidentally cut out more lino than expected. This was a problem as it is erasable.

I would have to say I enjoyed the mix media workshop the most, this is because I could experiment and collaborate different textures, patterns and materials.

Final Outcome

For my final outcome I chose to do a collection of my best 9 prints. I chose these as they were my most high quality pieces that had been collaborated with different medias, these included, collages, cutouts and textiles. I also liked the idea of a large random selection of my final outcomes. To get a high quality result in my end result, while mounting them up I measured each print to insure they were an equal distance apart.


I feel I have improved immensely since last project, as I fell behind regularly within the blogging work and I lacked motivation. Since then I feel I have improved with meeting deadlines, time management and putting in extra time outside of college hours.

I enjoyed this project because we focused on printmaking and this is a media that I really enjoy, we briefly were introduced to this in our last project – Identity. In doing this project gave us a chance to look deeper into the media. The project brief was Organic, I mainly focused on insects because they have vibrant colours and patterns and I find them an interesting subject.

If I were to do this project again I would work more on my blogging and getting more writing onto my posts,




Experimenting with Photoshop

Photoshop is a software that allows you to edit images, we used into work back into our images by scanning our original prints and posting them into the software. Then worked back into them using the variety of different options and settings for example the adjustment of the hue & saturation, colour balance and exposure.

Using photoshop I came across a few problems, for example there are many different settings, this made it complicated to find the tools you need, however using the software became increasingly easier as you became familiar with the whereabouts of all the toolbars and layer options.




This is my favourite edited piece I did as it is very simple with earthy tones, and the contrast of the dark blue and terracotta over the white works very well. Overall I created a variety of pieces that linked with the theme Organic, although I did play around with inverted coloures and the brightness in a few of y other prints. This gave them a bright and bold look lifting the pattern making it the focal point.


^ Here we used the lasso tool to cut around the image and duplicating it making a sort of pattern. The print originally had a pattern but I was unhappy with that so changed the threshold making the hole this black.

Another tool was the hue and saturation. Hue is the color in your image. Saturation is the intensity, or richness, of that color.

A filter is a particular effect that can be applied to an image. For example there was the Mosaic filter that gave a tiled effect and the oil paint filter that gave a brush stroke effect.

Overall i found the use of Photoshop very complex, however overtime it became easier to use as you became familiar with the softwares. The settings, filters etc are extremely in depth, i found this slightly overwhelming, although it was very enjoyable to use.


Comparison task / Communication skills

Today we completed a gridded sheet comparing each communication method . There was five columns running through the pros, cons, considerations, a rate of ten and how often we use it.  We did this to have a brief, organised, visual on the different methods of communication. This helped me understand all the methods we use and why we use them. 15387364_1827613344118759_1884300789_o


Martin O’Neill



Martin O’Neill is a UK based illustrator who creates collages for a wide range of International clients, advertising & design. His work can be seen frequently in the UK and US press. He regularly exhibits his personal collages, sketchbooks and prints. Martin’s work evolves from a range of techniques spanning from collage, paint, photocopies and digital techniques. He works from a vast supply of sources found and self generated material.

Aston Martin Magazine / Shanghai Stories

He uses a collaboration of traditional methods e.g collage, printmaking and enhances them with new digital techniques. Using all these different types of media, this creates his pieces very busy and interesting to look at. This is similar to my work as we did the same, we used a traditional method, lino printing. Then played around with fabrics and other materials making a few mix media pieces. And then final experiments on photoshop enhancing two chosen prints.

Bespoke Ceiling Mural / Bar Amicale – Luxembourg

His work has a unique, stylised look and colours he uses are vibrant, muted colours that very much remind me of the 1950s but also has hints of the 70s. In every piece it is very clear he uses positive and negative space to create a focal point, the collage is often the focal point and is very central.

The Folio Society


Mixed MediaPrints

After our prints had dried we were given the task of creating 3-4 mixed media pieces. I used a variety of different medias such as, my favorite finished print where i raised sections to give a very simplistic 3D effect another example, replacing parts of the print with interesting fabrics.

Before starting to work on my pieces I had to think about what I was going to do first, this is because if i go in to make changes to my prints and it turns out the the coloures don’t work or i cut out the wrong part, that would be a wasted print. I made this mistake in one of my own prints. To solve this I used parts of the wasted print in another print, this ended up to be very successful.


^ This mixed media print is one of my favorite prints. I used two separate prints one printed on floral fabric and one printed on tracing paper. I then attached them together by stitching them. The unintentional messy stitching and the inaccurate … in the end gave a effective rough style that i was pleased with.

I feel i wasn’t influenced by any of the artists. I tended to find fabrics and materials that worked together and used that as a base to follow from.


Lino print


Lino printing is a type of block printing, another example would be a wood cut. you first chose a design to be printed, the lino will transfer your lino design in ink onto the page. Then areas of the design are cut out. The areas that have not been cut out will print. The lino is then inked up and placed face down onto your surface, pressure is put on the lino to ensure a clear print.


  •  Lino
  • carving tools
  • Inc
  • news print
  • surfaces
  • Bhairon
  • apron
  • wet and dry roulette
  • table/handguard

Health And safety:

  • Wear an apron
  • avoid sitting too close to other people
  •  Remove hands jewellery
  • Use a table guarded
  • bags under tables
  • walk around the workshop
  • wash all equipment after using it
  • Hair tied back





  1. First draw your design onto your lino with a biro pen, getting as much detail as you can.
  2. set out your desktop, collecting all equipment. place down newsprint to save the cleaning up afterwards secure that and you’re acetate sheet to the table. then ink up your acetate sheet using the ruler.
  3. Then using the carving tools carefully carve out the image you have draw on the lino sheet. Also be aware of how much pressure you put onto the tool as you may carve out more lino than you wanted and  use a table guard to fix your lino in place and to prevent any accidents. The areas that have been cut out will not print.
  4. If you have finished carving out your image you are now ready to print. it might take a few attempts to get a good, clear print.

The problems i came across whilst printing where that I occasionally put too much pressure onto the tools this resulted in carving out big chunks of the lino, this is is something that you can’t resolve because once the lino has been cut out it can not be put back.

I feel my prints were really clear and therefore the outcome was very successful. My favorites are three of the simpler prints i printed.e The coloures I used for the three were a lime green, turquoise, bright pink and black. I would like to display these as a four as  I feel they work very well together and the coloures really clash. This makes them as a four very interesting.