Drawing tasks

Here we were given the task of creating portraits of ourselves and others using a viewfinder and other techniques such as continuous line drawing, willow charcoal drawing, layered drawing etc. I don’t feel my work resembles either Egon’s or Leonardo Da Vinci’s work as i chose to create a simple minimalistic self-portrait, however, i would like to add Egon’s expressive style into my art in the future.


  • Coloured pens
  • Charcole
  •  Graphite
  • Pencil
Layered Drawing

^ Here we layered up our drawings using a different color for each person’s portrait. were drawing on top of the prevous drawing

timed drawings – 1 minute, 30 seconds, 10 seconds and 5 seconds

^ In this picture we were given a set amount of time to draw individual portrait drawings. I decided to use the continuous line drawing method as I felt confident with is.

Graphite Drawing

^ my inspiration for this drawing was Leonardo da Vinci. Our aim for this task was to create very fine and realistic illustrations. I feel my drawings are not similar to his work as the markings are very thick from the graphite and i haven’t achieved a lot of details. However, the idea of realism is the same because of how i have tried to carry out a true interpretation of my side profile.


continuous line drawing 

^ I feel this drawing resembles qualities such as the disfigured faces of Pablo Picasso’s many portraits.

Charcoal drawing inspired by Egon Schiele.

Artist link Egon Schiele


Egon Schiele was an Austrian painter in the early 20th century. He tragically died at an early age of twenty eight, however he produced three thousand drawings over the course of his short career. He is mainly known for the many unique portraits and self portraits the artist produced. Egon was strongly influenced by the painter Gustav Klimpt this is shown very much so in the hands of the figures in his drawings. The twisted body shape and expressive lines in his work mark the artist as an early leader of expressionism.

I really like his use of colour and broken shapes and lines to create an ill, distorted feel. This makes me curious about what was going on in his personal life at the time. Maybe he suffered from depression?


Artist link Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci has a vast area of strengths including  painting, sculpting, architecture, engineering etc. He focused on the science of the human body and its functions. As Leonardo did not see the difference between science and art he drew in diagrams. He was born on the 15 April 1452 and died 2 May 1519.

I personally really enjoy his work , i like how anatomically correct it is and how the bone and muscle structure are on show. I also fined his research on the human body very interesting and how he said he doesn’t see the difference between art and science.




Introduction to Brief

Our first brief is in the theme of identity, it’s split into 2 units: Unit 1: The introduction of materials, processes and technical skills. Unit 2: Is the introduction to contextual research.  The start date for the project is the 12th of September, we have a mid assessment on the 26th of September and the hand in is the 21st of October.  Our whole project will be assessed by the 7th of November. In the project we will be given experience in practical workshops such as drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D and textiles. Throughout the project we will produce a range of test pieces which will be supported by a variety of contextual research and inspirational artists.

The theme is IDENTITY.  My first thoughts of this theme is who you are and your morals, features and the individuality of yourself.  In pairs we came up with words inspired by the theme such as STYLE, ORIGIN, PERSONALITY and CULTURE.  This gave us a base to work from.

I think the theme is vague although very malleable. The aspect from the theme i would love to explore is the facial features and the body. i was very inspired by Egon Sheile’s work because it is so raw and so simple yet complicated. This is something I’d like to take on in my art.

I am new to working with textiles however I am looking forward to this I especially  look forward to exploring embroidery and different ways it could be added to different medias.


Own Photography

today we were given the task of taking a variety of photographs that we will use later on in our identity project. Most of the pictures I took where portraits of me and a friend from different angles such as side, front and close-ups of the facial features. I found this task very enjoyable as I love Photography. We were given Vivian Maiers work to look at for inspiration, however other than the black and white filter none of my photographs were inspired by her work. The composition of my pictures mainly focuses on the face and expression, I also wanted a interesting background for a few of my photographs.

this photograph is one of my favourites as both the background and my outfit are very interesting. 

Book Sculpture Workshop

Today we made book sculptures using recycled old books and we repurposed them, makeing them into interesting sculptures.  We learned a variety of different folds that we could use on our books.  There was the triangle fold; it was very simple and easy to do.  There was the more complicated fold which I used, the staggered triangle where you would take the end result of the normal triangle (which would give a diamond effect) whereas the staggered would give more a complicated finish.  There was also a diamond fold which gave a gem effect.

Here I was doing a staggered triangle.  I started in the centre of the book and worked outwards to give an even process because the amount of folds would be uneven and difficult to work with.

Towards the end the spine of the book split and Amy helped me to stick it back together using double sided tape.  This was successful as the finished shape was neat.

I like the finished piece because I like the pattern because it is geometric and symmetrical. I have never used this method before and it was very pleasing to do; it’s easy and the outcome will always be:

  • aesthetically pleasing (you could hang them from the ceiling or use them as sculptures
  • they could have more of a pratical use (photograph holders)

Equipment & Materials

  • recycled old books
  • ruler
  • sizzors
  • double sided tape
  • cutting matt
  • scalpel


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