After a relaxed Christmas break and finalising my Investigative Study ("Exploring the effects of the application of surface design, which take an illustrative approach"), I was extremely happy - and somewhat nervous - to receive my Pre Major grade and feedback! I'm definitely one to care about my grade and stay consistent, but since my degree I've become more aware - and more caring - of a decent portfolio over anything.
So! I'm really happy with my grade, but mostly the feedback. It was great to receive both during a one-to-one tutorial, as I felt I could properly understand it all and kickstart my Final Major Project. The key points discussed between my tutor and I, were:
I have plenty of time during the beginning stages of this project to keep experimenting with materials and techniques, and can visual loads of exciting possibilities that I can't wait for! But, I didn't want to kick start anything without figuring out more of "title" or "brief" for myself. So, I was able to mind map and explore reasons why/what is it about my PMP and the Mediterranean that inspires me to continue to draw around that subject...
Looking back over my finalised image series for my PMP, I noticed a very similar compositional response: I had been creating images of quiet moments. I've always been drawn to the aesthetics of the area: I obsess over the bright, fun colours, the forms and shapes I see in the landscape and nature, and the kind of fullness and well being I feel there. However, any photos I take and spaces that I see as patterns, are all of mostly unacknowledged, sometimes unappreciated areas and moments - the "negative" space surrounding the life and holidaying. Is this the personality of the area underlying its frontal beauty and aesthetic? I think this is something that I wish to try to explore and imitate, and feel I've found my emotional attachment to this place.
On a side note of my art, I've recently been experimenting with expressive abstract pieces and fluid pouring/art to create marbled paintings. I find natural occurring "drawings" and textures like these everywhere, and feel this is the other extreme and emotive level to my initial imagery - and I need to bridge to two.
The two extremes of my illustration - creating imagery that beautifully captures an aesthetic moment, versus abstract explorations of colour and texture - I'm excited to bring them together! Initially to kickstart my FMP, I'll explore the possibilities of showing serene, quiet moments of the Mediterranean (possibly more specifically Corfu where we visit frequently). Visually using my love of bright colours (front level), to show intimate sides of this amazing area (its depth). Teamed with the Batsford Prize to interpret colour, this could lead to a really exciting project!
I never want to overcomplicate a project, but after talking through my fears and aspirations I have towards illustration I feel closer to and more comfortable with this project.
My Pinterest boards have been a great way for me to mood-board and combine ideas, illustrations and illustrators I like etc, for further inspiration. Check it out to get an understanding of the direction I want to push! Check boards "Mediterranean", "Surface Design", "Illustration I Like", and "Pattern and Colour".