Week 2 Lecture & Resources
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Bold Graphics: inspired by visual effects with strong contrasts such as blackout poetry, graffiti/street art and the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Creative Collage: inspired by layered, textural effects, experimenting with a mixture of surfaces and mark making. DIY aesthetic.
Seasonal Shifts: a visual representation of the shifting of the seasons seen in the natural world throughout the year.
Drawn from Nature: inspired by traditional botanical drawings, drawing from life, plantlife forms and natural textures.
Nature up Close: taking a closer look at the details of the natural world around me – colours, textures and patterns.
Visual Development – Rough Visuals
I decided to pursue the “Creative Collage” direction for my approach to the visual journal. My thinking is that this will actually take the form of 4 separate but related mini journals, each representing one of the seasons. The collage style will allow for a lot of flexibility and creativity in how they are put together, as well as introducing different visual textures. I intend to make them as physical objects because I feel this is an effective way to emulate the idea of a tangible visual diary or reflective sketchbook, which would be much more challenging to represent using digital media.
Reflection on the week
BOYD, Drick and CHANG, Heewon. 2016. Spirituality in Higher Education: Autoethnographies. London: Routledge.
CHANG, Heewon. 2008. Autoethnography as Method. Walnut Creek, California: Left Coast.
HELLER, Steven AND TALARICO, Lita. 2011. Typography Sketchbooks. London: Thames & Hudson
LUDWIG, L.K. 2007. Mixed-media Nature Journals: New Techniques for Exploring Nature, Life and Memories. Massachusetts: Quarry Books.
NEW, Jennifer. 2005. Drawing from Life: The Journal as Art. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
PERRELLA, Lynne. 2006. Alphabetica: An A-Z Creativity Guide for Book and Collage Artists. Massachusetts: Quarry Books.
FAIRMAN, Elisabeth. 2014. Of Green Leaf, Bird, and Flower: Artists’ Books and the Natural World. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press.
Walker Art Center. 2011. Graphic Design: Now in Production. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDbmP21_Rjs [accessed 24/10/2021]