Friday, 26 August 2011

Update on my summer project

So today Wendy told me that she was leaving the course, so that means from now on I have to recreate the images myself. We never got to swap images although I've started my sketchbook off and I'm in the middle of finishing my first re creation, but I will find ways to recreate my images in my own ways.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

James Dickinson Innes and Paul Nash

This artists work 'Welsh Mountain Landscape' really caught my eye, it was just so beautiful. The colours he'd used to express the feel, smell and warmth of that day was just amazing. I felt as if I could have been there myself and I think i was attracted to the softer colours that he used. I feel a connection to his other paintings too. I know that he was mainly a landscape artist, and he was born in 1887 and died in 1914, he was born in Wales. 

I can't say im a huge fan of Paul Nash, but there were a couple of images I saw in the art gallery that really wowed me. I love the creepy soulless look, i feel as if the place is deserted almost. I just think its really effective and very dark. I've looked into Paul Nash a little more and I keep finding works that I'm impressed with, like this one. Paul Nash is a landscape painter who is also a surrealist. He was british and was born in 1889 and died in 1946. This one i feel is more sketchy and natural, whereas some of his other works I feel are very surreal and I much prefer this type of his work.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Rachel Goodyear

Rachel Goodyear was is a yong yet successful artist Wendy and I came across whilst visiting the Manchester Art gallery, Her illustrations are hand drawn, pencil, fine liner and water coloured, they are very raw but very imaginative. She is inspired by mythology, folklore, and person experiences, which she uses to create these eye catching images of people and animals. I can't help but find some of the images we saw, quite sinister and dark. The characters all looked very soulless and tormented. They all seem to have very intense emotions too. There was also an animation of these birds coming to life, it was called 'Kissing in Tunnels' and i found it to be very creepy, but i was mesmerised by it.

Here are some pictures Wendy and I took from the gallery:

She is most definitely someone I will look back to.
Here is Rachels website:

Gallery Visit

So this summer I was given a brief which said that I had to go to any art gallery I liked, and pick a partner to go with. Wendy was my partner, and so we decided that we'd go to the Manchester Art gallery. The brief specified that we had to choose any image we liked, gather information about it and recreate the images in any way we desired. We would go home and recreate the image individually, but then we'd have to find a way to exchange our recreations, whether in person or by e-mail, and then recreate their images, and we'd keep doing that until we have 6 images.

La Ville Petrifiee (The Petrified City)

So today Wendy and I met up in Manchester to go and Visit the Manchester Art gallery. We spent about 2 hours looking around for potential images to recreate. In the end we narrowed it down to about 4 different images, but in the end we decided that it was 'The Petrified City' by Max Ernst. The image itself is oil on board, with paper stuck on it which had been rubbed with textures, a technique called 'Frottage'. It was the colours of the image that caught my attention, and also the coldness or the sky. It was created in 1933 because of the world wars, and for me is captures the anxiety of that time period.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Martin Haake

Martin Haake is an illustrator and artist who has lived in London but is now living in Berlin, with his wife and children. He's inspired by american folk art. One of his most famous piece of work was a cover for the 3x3 magazine. It's called the General and it was selected for the 'communication arts' annual. I was also lucky enough to bump into him in Berlin when I had planned to meet Olaf Hajek, and by chance he came by the studio! He even showed me a power point he had made for a client, and showed how he makes his work now. He used to paint, but now we have more advanced technology he uses photoshop to make it easier to change things for the clients rather than having to paint over something and start again. He also sent me an e-mail containing various pictures of inspiration and pictures of the General before it was finalised.

So last year I was given a brief to recreate a piece of art work that we were given, and I was given Martin Haake's 'General' and after I did that, I seemed to find in myself a process that I feel I'd never really felt much, but it was so inspirational to me. He continues to be an inspiration to me today.

Here is my recreation of the General: