After a busy few days following my website and social media refurb, and some uni side projects, I've been refocussing myself on my Final Major Project for my degree...
I have always struggled to find a specific "theme" and context behind my work, or for a brief when it comes to my uni modules. I have a tendency to overcomplicate! So to kickstart my final degree module - and the most important one to help build my portfolio! - I really needed something to add that extra level to continue on from my Pre Major series. I really enjoyed that module as I felt I had finally gotten into a form of illustration that felt like me, with outcomes I was pleased with. However, they still needed that something else to help communicate and push a message.
To build on my successful aesthetics and to help push my practice further, my tutors recommended I use a form of narrative to help kickstart some thoughts. Immediately I thought "no thanks!", because I don't think of myself as a 'story-telling illustrator', and really struggled in the sequential narrative unit last year. I also have grown some sort of fear around drawing people and characters. I used to LOVE portraiture, but it's a totally different area to illustrative characters.
After a week of panicking and playing with the human form in a really simplistic, abstract way - after all my practice has taken an abstract turn, and my current favourite illustrators manage to make their characters look great without being too realistic - I finally stopped over thinking the process and found a method I enjoy!
AND! I have a found a short story about a travelling couple based on a beautiful Greek isle that I can use a catalyst for my project. To help me form ideas and compositions - and to add a layer of meaning - I feel it has already helped!
For most of my illustrations I tend to build up pencil roughs and draw back over them to get the composition and line right. Then I can add the colour and texture; my favourite part! I've recently become obsessed with risograph prints and their process, and also thanks to a great tonal workshop, I found a digital process that helps me create really interesting, colourful imagery that I love!
It's so important to me that I've found a process I enjoy, with stylised results that feel like they belong to my practice, and that I love!
The main points that I have set out to focus in my Learning Agreement for my Major Project until the end of April, will be: