Using colour

Throughout all of my life drawings that I have done so far I have continuously used monotone or muted colours and I fancied a bit of a change. Therefore, I decided to start using some colours in my watercolours. I focused mainly on pink/orange pastel-like colours in my experiments as I thought that they complimented each other well; as well as working well with the black ink and watercolours that I used. I am particularly pleased with the messier watercolours and I found that not staying within the lines when using colour works really well.

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Body Image

Seeing as I have been focusing quite a lot on hands recently I thought that I would go back and explore taking photographs of body parts. I wanted to also focus on the male body, as I have taken quite a lot of female bodies photographs. I also wanted to look at coloured photos compared to black and white photographs to see what looked best. I also wanted my photographs to be more focused. I particularly like the shadows in these photographs; they make them seem more interesting to the viewer.

Changes in hands

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Seeing as I have been looking at hands a lot I thought that I would have a look at the different stages hands go through in the process of a hand going from clenched to relaxed. I wanted to do this because I am experimenting what works best in the photographs as well as the editing.

I also want to take photographs of different types of hands; old, young, smooth, rough, etc. to explore what works best to photograph and display together as I haven’t decided whether to refine my photos or keep the subject broad.

Drawing over&Tearing photos

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Seeing as I have been doing a lot of messy, line drawing styled life drawing I thought that I would merge my drawings with my photographs. Therefore I printed some of my body image photographs as well as hand photographs, varying the two body image insecurities between black and white and coloured edits. I wanted both black and white as well as coloured so that I could compare the outcomes. With these photographs I used white pen to outline the body parts photographed; using the same style as I have previously with my life drawings. I also used a tool to scratch into my photos to make them look a bit more rough. I also liked the idea of ripping under the photos- or peeling/ripping apart the insecurities.

Life drawings

I thought I would do some more experiments with different styles of life drawings; and I particularly enjoyed the messiness of the drips coming from the watercolours so continued with this idea.

As well as using watercolours in my life drawings I have now started using charcoal and ink. I have done this because I am interested in messy materials that are quite fluid to use and work with I have, and am going to continue, experimenting with layering. I thought that I would explore this because I have looked into ripping and drawing on to photographs so I thought that I would look deeper into playing around with my life drawings. I have also started putting watercolours around the outside of my art pieces; to make the life drawings more bold to the viewer, as well as to give them a bit more depth.