I liked the way that Andy lead the graphics week, we started off my creating drawings not with just our hands. For example the first task was to look at the person opposite for 30 seconds, then close our eyes and draw them from memory without looking. This was difficult as obviously we could not see what where we were drawing and it ended up all over the place with features mixed up all over her face. It was amusing to see where my hand took me rather than my eyes, and although all the facial features where in slightly wrong places and the face was wonky and incorrect, one can notice the Alice-like features in the drawing. For this piece I chose to work with charcoal. We also had a limited time to finish the drawing, we were given 5 minutes.
The next task was to pick a different person to draw and use our mouths to use the pen rather than our hands. I chose to draw Steph with a pink sparkly pen, a colour that I think relates to her personality. It was challenging to keep a straight line in the drawing and the facial shape ended up very wonky, but overall I think there are some recognisable features in the drawing that relate to my model. I focussed on the features that are prominent and recognisable to the individual such as her hair and glasses. We also had 5 minutes for this piece, which is a short amount of time. The idea was to make it look as much like the person as possible.
Our next drawing was to be done of another student but this time it was supposed to be drawn with our alternate hand. I am right handed so I used my left, it sounds a lot easier than it is! This time I chose to use another colour, a green felt tip pen. I used Victoria as my model and kept looking back at her face to try and search for the distinctive features of her face. I tried to get the face shape correct but this was hard with the other hand! My aim was to reveal the distinctive features in my drawing in just five minutes. The drawing is rough due to my weaker left hand.
The final five minute drawing was a self portrait drawn without taking the pen off the paper. This was also difficult as I had to concentrate on not taking my hand off to overcome my natural reflex of doing so. This distracted me from focussing on the distinctive features of my own face and it turned out looking like how I used to draw when I was younger and less experienced! All these drawings were on an A3 piece of paper.
For the second part of the day we looked at scale and were told to draw someones ear on an A2 piece of paper. Again we had limited time for this therefore I concentrated on the characteristics that distinguish an ear. Using an orange crayon, I made sure that as well as drawing detail of my ear model Meg's ear, I used tone and shading to make the ear look realistic (even though it was orange).
We then put all the ears together on a large space to see what everyone had produced. It was great to see them all together and notice people's techniques.
We were told previously to bring about ten magazine cut outs of famous people to bring in to work with. This was so we could make a collage out of them to create a new face. We could do this in a way of our choice, I chose to focus on facial skin tone and colour. Using my cutouts, I separated the skin tones into lighter and darker tones to create a female face. I used a range of celebrities eyes, nose and mouths so it did not just look like one person. We were then told to create a view finder of 2cmx2cm out of a piece of paper the same size (A3) in a random place and see where it ended up on the collage. It sat just under the left eye of my new celebrity showing a few different colours of skin tone. I then sketched this in my sketchbook.
Making a poster. We were told to make a poster of a retrospective of what we want to be in 20 years. I decided mine was going to be a poster on packaging design.