The theme of art and society has been significant to me throughout my studies. I have developed a large body of work in response to this, and I had to change and rewrite my most recent project to incorporate the present circumstances. This abrupt change allowed me to reconsider my work but interestingly fits with my original theme.
I have found that as the year has progressed and I have been able to try out a variety of different art and design techniques, I have become particularly interested in illustration, I came to really appreciate the charming nature of a small yet impactful drawing’s ability to increase the effectiveness of a concept by working with text or an environment to create individual meaning for a reader. In particular when I made my first own two – part little story about a coin and its adventures, I found that when doing the illustrations you have to really hone in on what the text is talking about to enable the reader to attain more of a grasp of what is happening and when you do make that visual connection it is actually very satisfying and almost enriching to see.
Context and research have been really influential to my development and I have been inspired throughout by artists and illustrators such as Charlie Billingham for his lively and unique style of painting, Japanese art and cartoons throughout the ages, originally discovered at the British Museum, David Shrigley for his use of simple yet intellectual little cartoons and more recently just observing the current state of affairs in the world. Exhibitions such as Picasso on Paper arguably had a surprisingly impactful effect on the way I have been presenting my work as well as the work of Tim Walker in terms of eccentricity and subject matter.
I have learnt many new skills throughout this year. I have felt that collaging and experimenting with materials have helped me come up with new ways of drawing and illustrating my ideas. Workshops have played a crucial role, especially the painting and bookmaking workshops which have been extremely beneficial. – Now I know how to make a book! Not only is that exciting but also really useful for my illustration.
I tend to write out plans for my production in the studio, I have a checklist, but things constantly change and have been updated or added. Overall, even though this virus has proved to be a huge shock to the school and everyone working in it I feel that everyone has adapted really well. I have overcome the challenge, of changing my project to fit my working environment and have developed my work which has been very exciting, and I am proud of how it has progressed and turned out. Moreover, I am very happy that I attended City & Guilds of London Art School as I have acquired skills, I didn’t even think possible, with countless useful workshops given, enabling us to grow individually - I am very happy and much more confident in going forward.