Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Life Drawing 3

1 comment:

  1. Anatomy: Interim Online Review 05/10/2010

    Hey Sam,

    What impresses me about your work so far is its sensitivity – and emphasis on humanity. Your latest developmental drawing, in which you picture yourself as if oppressed by your mutation, is very interesting indeed, and linking it to the plight of Joseph Merrick further underlines your thinking. I’m very interested to see you develop further this idea; I like the emotional content of the portrait; after all, while ostensibly ‘monster movies’, all the films thus far in the ‘Shapeshifters’ film series, have, at heart, been love stories – or relationship stories. One suggestion might be that you could adopt an additional visual language for your self-portrait; you might depict yourself as if on a ‘Freakshow’ poster – some lurid, but tragic attraction at a travelling carnival… Perhaps David Lynch’s film version of Joseph Merrick’s story will further inspire you.

    You write very sensitively too about the films we’ve watched, and I’ve noticed the way in which you reference other movies and influences as part of your reviewing process. This bodes well for your written assignment, though I notice you haven’t posted anything here about your proposed subject for this aspect of your submission…

    I’d like you to invest some time in your blog template. I want to see you express yourself and your work with more confidence. Your blog is a shop-window into your creative practice – and one day (quite soon!) it will be one of the first ways in which a potential employer or work placement opportunity will encounter you and your character. I think you can afford to be more bold and individualistic. I’d like to see you take a few more steps into the limelight, Sam! I want you to consider the presentation of your blog, which includes standardizing your fonts, use of colour, and image sizes etc.

    For a great example of what a good creative blog can look like – both in terms of general presentation, formatting and content (i.e. lots!), take a look at Leo Tsang’s unit 1 blog. Leo is a second year now, and always scored very highly in terms of his creative development; the reason for this should be clear. Copy-paste this link and browse backwards through the older posts; the brief was different then, but this is what a degree level creative development blog can – and should – look like:


    A general reminder that, alongside everything else you need to have ready for crit day, you also need to submit an offline archive of your creative development blog. There is a way of exporting your blog as PDF via Blogger – which would be ideal for this purpose. Incase you missed the original post, Alan gives details here:


    And finally – now is the time to return to the brief; time and again, students fail to submit what they’ve been asked to produce – and how; usually because they haven’t looked properly at the brief, or haven’t done so since week one. Trust me on this; just take a few minutes with a highlighter pen to identify what is required, when, and how. Remember – non-submissions are dumb!