So, we have been doing two projects at the moment, one is Word & Image and one is the third drawing project of the year which is called analysis. In this drawing brief:
So for ‘A’ simulating reality picture, I found a great artist called Samantha Wall, who is from South Korea originally and now lives and works in Portland, OR. As you will see below she creates images of grappling women, showing strong harsh light and immense detail in the fighting figures. I chose her work as in each piece she captures movement and strength in great realistic detail and in turn you can feel the struggle between the various women.
She focuses detail on particular areas of the body, especially hands and muscles, trying to convey that they’re are in conflict and showing strength and also weakness and it seem who can also see a domination in each of the images, reflecting a relationship between them. Historically, aggression and fighting had mainly been reserved for men and images depicting male violence often reveal subtle sexuality. Women as aggressors are usually seen as somewhat of a spectacle geared towards male viewers and this is highly sexualised. Her drawings are women fighting with each other but not for an audience, they are revealing an emotional bond that blurs the boundary between love and hate. The fighters in her drawings don’t deny the sexuality of their battle; they simpley do not care if anyone is watching it.
It seems she must know a lot about anatomy and how the body works. Especially how to cature it in such a bold way, neat and precise also. I plan to look more into this as I’ve never really explored the anatomy before, and i think it would help my drawing skills and give my work a strong platform, not to mention letting me learn a little along the way about the body, which is always good. Something I enjoy a lot
This next one was an obvious choice. The keyword being ‘manipulate’ lead me to choose straight an MC Escher piece. Yes, I know, but in actual fact his work is amazing and technical, not to mention interesting. It’s jsut you see his work so much that you begin to tire of seeing it, that’s me anyway.
Even though I said that I tire of seeing his work, I cannot deny it’s brilliance can I. It’d be quite a challenge to create one of my own Escher’s, don’t think I’d have that much patience to be honest, but it’s be a great project for someone a little more persistent.
Okay, keyword for letter ‘C’ is ’embodies’, which lead to think about art therapy and paint being pushed about on a surface. This took me to a website which displayed images from people who had created these pieces to basically release some steam and be a little creative.
I also came accross this from another site by a young illustrator called Jenny Meehan, who uses quick movements and fast srokes to capture her figures, which I believe shows her working method and drawing process.
The next one ‘D’ is all about explaining a structure or a concept, so I got onto illustrationmundo.com and found an illustrator called James Provost of Jamesprovost.com who had done this illustration of a cube which could plan a city and make it a better using this magic cube concept.
My project to far….. I have just started part 2, by researching a bit about anatomy and having a go at drawing some human figures myself. I reckon i’m going to do some large scale studies of the human figure, probably women.