ASSESSMENT CRITERIA COMMENTS
DEMONSTRATION OF TECHNICAL AND VISUAL SKILLS
The unusual view-point shows observational skills, design and compositional skills. I have had to really concentrate of getting the parallel (and in places angular) perspective right. I also have had to work on making verticals vertical. The depiction of light shows visual awareness and observational skills. My use of charcoal demonstrates an understanding of that medium, its fugitive nature and the ability to work and re-work, including lifting out highlights.
QUALITY OF OUTCOME
The content of this piece matches the assignment criteria in that I have demonstrated knowledge of linear perspective (and hopefully have shown improvement over the course of the exercises). I have presented work in a logical, coherent and progressing manner. My initial sketches include reasons why the scene interested me in the first place. I have followed these through with studies that start to conceptualise my thoughts and communicate my ideas. These also show the evolution of the design process. Finally I worked on my final assignment piece drawing on these ideas. My final piece is not the best bit of work in this assignment, the graphite and water studies show far more atmosphere, presence and tension. Whilst I can discern these pieces are better than the final piece I am conflicted by the requirements for certain technical aspects specified in the assignment brief. I would have loved to have submitted one of the graphite and water studies as a final peice.
DEMONSTRATION OF CREATIVITY
I hope that the unusual perspective of these pieces displays imagination and invention. Using my imagination hasn’t gone too well for me in previous assignments so I have reigned it in here to improve an existing scene rather than create an entirely new one. I had to experiment and move the view-point to get a more interesting scene. I don’t think that I am showing much in the way of development of a personal voice, but possibly the studies in graphite and water show a move in that direction. Certainly my reaction to them would suggest that. In these studies I do explore media with which I have not had much previous experience, with great results.
I have shown how I was influenced by artists working in black and white media, most notably David Bomberg and John Virtue. Both these artists also produced much work from a bird’s-eye view and I had that in mind as I elevated my view-point in the sketches for this piece. I have reflected on my process in my learning log as I have gone along and have tried to be critical of my work. I am starting to understand the process of discernment and recognise that better work may not always be your planned work!