Over the last week or so, I've been working on a few of the points picked up in my last critique (mentioned in my post, Developing to the Decorative).
Mostly using a few bright colour palettes - sourced from holiday photos and paint swatches I like - and adding hand drawn textures and patterns. I've also been thinking about composition a lot; adding in more "human" elements and characteristics.
A tonal workshop from illustrator Bridie Cheeseman has helped my work develop hugely! She taught me to consider the dark to light tones of an image, and then the colour palette: Using the tones to pick out elements you most wish to be seen/communicate an idea. The varying tones also help limit your palette as they create the variation. This helped hugely in composition, how the visual language works, and working better with colour.
Here are a few images I've been working on recently: A lot more refined, working part digitally, and images that have surface design potential:
In a discussion this morning with tutors, I've been told to refine my colour palette further but that the bright colours and working tonally is working great! As well as to continue with the hand drawn elements, to work up textures; possibly using inks to bleed and blend and compliment the scenes, etc. They liked to see that I've been considering my mistakes and developing images in different ways, etc., as this as clearly helped to push this unit and practice. Also to work to the same format, i.e. all square, to help the uniformity of my images.
I'm really pleased with the points made: I'm really enjoying working this way and I feel it's working well for me too. It was also noted these would work well as surface designs, which made me super happy! But application is something to think about a bit later one, once these have been refined further.
The scope of images were received really well, and agreed that the colours and landscapes celebrate and compliment my theme.
Illustrator Christoph Niemann's work in ink was mentioned as a style and method to consider. I can really see a resemblance and will take into consideration his palettes and line quality, as a development and great work to consider.