Volunteering – St Francis’ Children Society

Through my school and the Get Involved (GIV) Project I was interviewed and chosen to take part and lead a project to transform a garden in a local children’s adoption centre. More on St Francis’ Children Society here: https://www.facebook.com/stfrancischildrenssociety/

BEFORE:

This garden was designed by myself and 4 other Sixth Form students; also with the help of Garden Designers from Cherrypip Garden Designers. This space was created to give, the community visiting, a place to both relax and play. The building is used for the children, adoption parents and adopting parents so a transformation like this can make a huge difference on the outlook from their time spent there. We were also lucky enough to be funded by the Milton Keynes Community Foundation and were donated plants from Homebase too.

At the end of only 3 days it was being open to the public and to do so the Mayor, Steve Coventry, visited. I was honored to give a tour of the garden, the building and explain our aims and achievements to both the Mayor and Mayoress along with another student I was working with.  I was interviewed by the press and many photos were taken. Take a look at the article published about the whole scheme, including a video: http://www.onemk.co.uk/charity-garden-created-by-milton-keynes-students-opens-to-the-public/story-29491896-detail/story.html

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St Francis garden opening 2

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I’m so grateful I got to take part in this scheme; working and helping those of younger years in my school and learning new skills, both socially and physically. I have done some volunteering in the past but this seemed like a whole new experience and I thoroughly enjoyed myself as well. I would love to take part in more volunteering and schemes like this in the future.

 

Emotions

I created this, tonight, to represent emotions and how only a small part of the body can send massive signals. I used a blank piece of cartridge paper to draw and paint eyes and allow watercolours to drip down to create the appearance of tears.

This is a very natural piece in the sense that I allowed the paint to drip and smudge where it desired. I used the watercolour first to create a base for the shadows and skin, then I went in with colouring pencils to create deeper shadows in the creases and create more colour in the eyes and brows. The last few steps were working in with an ink pen to introduce dark lines for hair and the pupil’s detail. The last step was going in with white acrylic to create a water/glass effect on the eyes and emphasise the reflection of light on the tears and eyes.

I really like the outcome of this piece because of the style of realism mixed with a slight abstraction of the disappeared face. I think this would look nice as a collection, built around this style, of multiple pieces.

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GCSE Food Project

Recently, I re-discovered my piece I created for one of my GCSE projects labelled Food. I got an A in this specific module.

I experimented with the movement and explosion of food and it’s colour. This was my final piece experiments. I used a mallet and hammer to smash the fruit and used a slow motion cam to catch the moments on film.

I then presented the watermelon on the ground in specific positions to take a few photographs in a still motion. I then used these primary photographs to create a final piece completed with a multitude of media. Oil paints, acrylic, watercolour and melted crayon were all combined to create this final piece.

I loved this project as it allowed my imagination to go crazy and made me go outside of my comfort zone in making a mess, to create a whole new idea that I’ve never done before. I would love to explore the experimentation of destruction to create art in the future.

 

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My Final Piece

 

Paris Short 2016

During my visit to Disneyland Paris with my sister this year, 2016, I tested out my GoPro for the first time to create a film. I started with a whole film of footage but then condensed it to make a short, lasting a couple minutes.
I loved making this, both the filming and editing; to edit, I used the software available for an Apple Mac computer called iMovie. It’s relatively easy to use once you know how to apply effects, cut clips and play with sound.
This is not my first time making movies/shorts but I want to publish this as I am proud and found that this has come out much better than my others; maybe due to the camera, software or experience.

Hope you enjoy watching!

Here’s the link to my Paris Short on YouTube:

Comparing VOGUE Covers from 1920’s to 20th Century

This was a piece that was incorporated in my recent A Level ‘Spirit of Art Deco’ Exam project. This was to compare the differences and similarities of Vogue covers over time.

I started with the date my project is based on (1920) and found it was very illustrating based in its style. I then looked at 1940 where it was still heavily illustrative inspired but the side text on the front covers started to appear and there was a more realistic approach to the style. The next was the 60s where it had taken a massive jump to photographs and its recognisable font and appearance that we see today.

This whole piece was done with watercolour and ink using a range of sizes of paintbrushes to create techniques from realistic skin textures to fine lines for the fonts.

My favourite is the 1940s one because I feel this shows off my skill the best and enjoy how the layout out is presented on the page.

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1920, 1940, 1960, 2016

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My favourite

Harry Potter, Warner Brother Studio Tour, London

I took a trip to the Harry Potter, Warner Brother Studio Tour in London a couple weeks ago. I was not only inspired by the great amount of sets and artifacts from the films but also amazed by the work and skill put into making the films and everything we see in the duration of them.

I was mostly inspired by the sketches and plans for the Hogwarts school and the scene boards for the characters in the film. I was so taken back because I got an insight on just how much work is put into films like this and how every detail is taken into account to meet very high standards. The style and presentation of these artworks were shown as sketches and carefully measured drawings done with pencils and ink pen, which I liked the look of.

I enjoyed viewing the illustration-take on the scene boards the most because they were simple yet detailed at the same time.

There are also some photos of the graphics work created for the props in the films. They are so creative and just like everything else, so detailed. I loved just looking at all the small artifacts and plans for the Harry Potter series and has definitely inspired my future work in illustration and graphics.

I have also inserted photographs of the building plans too. These are made from white card and incredibly detailed within the structure and form of the architecture. Looking at this, you can appreciate the detail and precision one needs to have an end result like these.

 

Art Deco Patterns

I decided to play around with Art Deco patterns more and see how they can be incorporated into an illustration piece.

The first two patterns are from secondary sources, printed from the internet but the last is painted by myself. They all are created using watercolours; the thin black lines are made using highly pigmented watercolour and a size 0 brush to get small, smooth, controlled lines.

I like these pieces a lot and would like to work more in this style as I think it’s similar to my own map idea (earlier post) so is quite original and it’s also fun to work with.

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Printed pattern, done with watercolours

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Printed pattern, done with watercolours

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Self-created pattern, done with watercolours

 

V&A and The National Gallery

Recently I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum and The National Gallery in London.

I did this to inspire my recent work for my Art Deco project. I was looking at not only the artwork on display but also the architecture and structures of the buildings around me.

I found this trip inspiring but was down that the Saatchi Gallery was taken over by a single exhibition at the time I visited; I would like to re-visit this gallery in the future. I found a few artists and artworks which have developed in my project, mostly focusing on patterns of the 1920s Art Deco movement.

 

 

Developed Art Deco Illustration

This was a development I made to my last art deco style with illustration. I focused more on the face due to inspiration from the artist: Katie Rodgers.

I still ran with the idea of making it Art Deco using patterns instead of the fashion during the 1920s. I really like how these turned out and want to work more in this style and with these different medias like watercolour and ink and also fabric.

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Primary image inspiration, using watercolour and ink

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Done on Fabric with watercolour and felt pen

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Secondary image from fashion magazines, using watercolour

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Secondary image from fashion magazines, using watercolour

“Art cannot be criticized because every mistake is a new creation”

During a London visit in 2012, an exhibition was held displaying the works of Mr. Brainwash. His work is greatly inspired by Banksy. The exhibition ‘exit through the gift shop’ displayed wonderful, imaginative creations with the words from Mr. Brianwash, admitting he is “Banksy’s biggest work of art”.

I loved the look of these pieces and as they seemed free-spirited and so fun to look at. There was everything from portraits created from broken records to paint splattered to all corners of the room. I found the exhibition very different to anything I’d seen before as nothing was in frames and if they were, they were graffitied or broken; I enjoyed myself and the whole atmosphere of the warehouse-looking space became exciting as soon as you went inside.

These pieces are sold for £26k for an original piece, or more but if you can’t spare that type of money, you can pick up a free souvenir poster on the way out. Just as I did!