Part 3 – Feedback Notes

Notes from feedback:

After reading my tutors feedback report I found that most of her comments were positive. I was happy when I read that my tutor liked my ‘diagrammatic illustration’ project. She said that my ‘process here is strong’, ‘It’s great to see you drawing in your sketchbook’ and that ‘my images are simple and this makes communication clearer for instructional illustration’. I think this project was my favourite to do because of how ‘simple’ the brief was. I wasn’t given a lot of information to follow, just to draw a simple and clear diagram of ‘how to make a cup of tea’. I understand that this project was one of my ‘strongest’ because of how much ‘visual referencing’ and research I did for it. I will be using this project as a good example of what I can do if I include research and referencing. Another part of my tutors feedback that I was really happy about was when she mentioned ‘I really like your set of drawings, especially the children on the step’. I enjoyed this project also as I was able to choose one of my favourite books to create a ‘mock-up’ book cover for.

Obviously there was also some tips and information my tutor gave me to take away so that I could improve on certain aspects of my work.

After reading through my feedback I sent this email (please see original email in blue) to my tutor (please also see new information in red) :

“I am currently reading your feedback for part 3 and making some adjustments to the way that I work and also my WordPress page. I have been going through your feedback with different highlighters picking out useful information. I have created a new section on my WordPress page where you can access my feedback to your feedback! (if that makes sense!).

I am going to watch Len Lye’s abstract films tomorrow and feedback about them also. 

Feedback to Len Lye’s abstract film:

I watched 1935-1937 Len Lye – “Kaleidoscope” on YouTube

It is definitely abstract. I was very shocked to see that this was from the 1930’s. I have to say that I found the video very ‘trippy’ but I understood the reason behind why he made it and how it relates to my abstract illustration from my ‘rite of spring’ project.

I have taken your advice have purchased 4 books from the reading list, these include: 

  • Wigan, M, (2014). Thinking visually for illustrators. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. 
  • Male, A, (2007). Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective. AVA Publishing.
  • Hobbs, J, (2014). Sketch Your World: Drawing techniques for great results on the go. Hove: RotoVision. 
  • Salisbury, M & Styles, M, (2012). Children’s Picturebooks: The art of visual storytelling. London: Laurence King Publishing.

I have 2 still to arrive in the post within the next 4-5 days but have already received the ‘Children’s Picturebooks: The art of visual storytelling’ and ‘Thinking visually for illustrators. London: Bloomsbury Publishing’. Unfortunately one of the ‘essential’ books from the reading list was unavailable everywhere that I looked: Brazell, D & Davies, J, (2014). Understanding Illustration. London: Bloomsbury Publishing”.

After this email was sent I read through my tutor’s feedback again.

I understood that my ‘strongest’ projects had a lot of sketches and ‘working out’ involved in them. As I am a ‘neat-freak’ when it comes to my artwork (a flaw that I have been struggling with since school) I have been using an A4 folder with plastic inserts and drawing on A4 paper.

I have now decided that this way of working is stopping me from reaching my full illustrative potential during this course so I have now bought an A2 sketchbook from ‘Pink Pig’. I originally meant to buy an A3 sketchbook but somehow I didn’t read the details properly and now I have an A2! It’s almost a positive mistake though as I think that I would enjoy the amount of space that I have on each page to ‘work things out’ using sketches and research.

Here’s a photo of the new sketchbook (Excuse the Onesie!)

I am currently looking at the tutor report still and am taking some tips and advice that my tutor has given me, here is what I have so far:

  • I will start to ‘cite’ any research I have in my learning log using the ‘Harvard Referencing System’.
  • I will study as many illustrators and artists as I can whilst on this course and I will write down my findings in my sketchbook.
  • I will look at the lectures and articles that my tutor has given me.
  • I will print out the ‘composition and viewpoint’ information that my tutor has given me, I can refer to this information when ‘seeking creative solutions’ in the future.
  • I will consider the ‘hierarchy’ when creating my art in future projects.
  • As advised by my tutor, I will analyse my image from the ‘visual properties’ project so that it relates to the previous project where ‘hierarchy is involved so that my projects flow.
  • I will answer the blue questions from my tutor’s report and put the answers into my ‘visual properties’ page from part 3 on WordPress.
  • I will improve the quality of my photos that I put on WordPress by using better lighting and a better camera, I will also make sure the resolution of my images is 300dpi.
  • I will be more experimental with my image making in future projects.
  • I will find and take part in free web courses in order to enhance my knowledge of digital illustration skills.
  • I will reflect more on my creative process rather than describing it.
  • I will refer to key themes so that my projects make sense.
  • I will try and be more diverse when creating illustrations, I will make sure there is a balance when it comes to working digitally and on paper.

Bring on part 4!