Thursday, 14 October 2010

The Colour Pink on the Forest Floor

Throughout this week I have debating in which way to take my colour scheme. I've been drawing from nature looking at plants, seeds, bits of old wood and I've found a good source of on flowing resources to use from looking at the undergrowth and woodland floor, whats been cast off by trees and etc. Peeling back the layers to reveal not just leaves, but insects, mushrooms, moss plenty of things that I can make visual drawings from.
However I found it all to be a bit to brown and I wanted my textiles to stay away from been to dull and muddy, so I've chosen to look at a completely different direction for sourcing my colour pallet, I want a light and almost vintage tonal look to my colours, I found that "shabby chic" crockery and bright spring time blossom as a perfect colour reference and it will be interesting to see how I can combine woodland decay with such fresh gentle tones.

From these images I will do several colour stripes, then work that colour into my drawing work and see how it turns out, it may go horrible wrong, but this unit is all about been exspiremental and making my own stamp on my work.

Think of those colours from the images above been used in images of frogs and mushrooms, its almost sycidelic!

 Leaf Study... Charcoal Pencil.....

 Conker Study..... Water colours and Ink.....

 Wood Study.... Water colours and Ink.....

This is a colour pallet that I was working with before looking at nature to get my inspirations, I love the colour, however I felt that I need it to be lightened up more as I want to keep my actul textiles nutral and work into them.

Colour Stripes from Branch of Birds....

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Attempting to be a good student


 This is my first attempt in been a model student and making the effort to get myself out there! Just a small intro, I'm in my final year at MMU studying textiles to try and get a good well payed job and to have a long and happy life out of it!
So this is going to be a personal journal if you like to my final year at uni, with my thoughts and development throughout the year, so fingers crossed it doesn't suck!
Well three weeks in and I am all ready behind motivation why have you not come to call however, I did spend a lovely autumn afternoon taking photographs for my current project.

Drawing Project
For this final year I have to do a drawing project which will take me all the way through to next year so I had to choose a theme that wasn't too limiting and which I could get alot of work out of, so of course I chose "nature" a easy subject matter which I can develop alot from.
I want to look at textures and layers within nature and collage and paint them, I'm currently looking at seed heads and doing detailed but fluid paintings from as well as having a trip to my local park (Longford Park in Chorlton) and taking close up photographs of just general nature and seeing where that gets me as well as collecting bits and pieces to do observational studies from.
This is just a starting point to this project and I hope to develop into something a bit more in depth than just nature, I'm going to be experimental and adventures with my methods of drawing and hope to link this project smoothly with my current textiles project.

Longford Park -Nature Photographs