Experimenting with expressive lines and marks.
My first piece was influenced on the emotion of ‘anger’ for this piece I experimented with: Compressed charcoal, Conte sticks, ink with a cocktail stick and graphite.
The materials in what order: Top left- ink with cocktail stick, top right- charcoal , bottom left- graphite and bottom right- conte stick.
For this emotion I found it hard to get into the mood of anger yet once I tried I found I was putting a-lot of pressure into the materials to create the marks I did. With the materials I used I wasn’t caring about what was happening and what type of marks I was making with my hand. I just marked the paper with aggression which created harsh movement onto the paper with the sharp lines and bold marks. A-lot of my mark making turned out messy, which I doesn’t usually gravitate to. In the top right I found myself not caring for to smudge the charcoal and created dark patches with a hard hand. All in all this emotion wasn’t the nicest to feel and not normally the emotion I go for when usually creating art yet it was fun to try.
My second piece was influenced by the emotion of ‘calm’ in this piece I experimented with: Compressed charcoal, Conte sticks, ink with a cocktail stick and graphite.
The materials in what order: Top left- ink with cocktail stick, top right- graphite , bottom left- charcoal and bottom right- conte stick.
For this emotion I found it more relaxing, it was easy to get to this emotion as it’s much more casual the normal emotion I have whilst creating artwork. In this exercise I found to have a gentle tone with my work and create marks which represented objects or things which are calming. For example with the top right I created these wavy lines which I see as the ocean and the wave coming in to the beach which is a settling thought of holidays and fun times which I find calm me. Then again in the bottom left I found myself drawing bubbles using subtle smudging to show the glisten in the bubbles. All in all I found this emotion a chilled approach to the mark making and I wasn’t using much pressure onto my materials at all, my movement was a-lot more refined. For this piece I wasn’t happy with the way my lines with the conte worked out as I didn’t make accurate straight lines.
With my forth piece the marks were represented with the emotion of joy, again with this experiment I used:Compressed charcoal, Conte sticks, ink with a cocktail stick and graphite.
The materials in what order: Top left- charcoal, top right- graphite , bottom left- conte stick and bottom right- ink and stick.
When making marks to this emotion I found it very fun, I enjoyed this feeling when creating and I made some really happy toned marks. With this piece I felt my hand was relaxed and excited to make these marks, I took inspiration from things which give fun and excitement. In the top left these have always reminded me of birthdays from the wrapping paper and the turned excitement you get in your tummy. The top right was meant to be inspired by fireworks and the blasts of colour in the sky although this section I wasn’t happy with as it didn’t turn out as well as I’d planned, I think I could’ve done this idea better with the media of the ink. The ink and cocktail stick weren’t working out as well as I’d hope on my other pieces therefore I changed my material to the other-side of paintbrush to get more precise mark making. All in all I liked this emotion it was a happy piece to make and got me excited to make joyful mark making.
For this last piece we were asked to come up with our own emotion, I chose to use the emotion of ‘trust and trusting somebody’ I thought this emotion was used everyday in people therefore I would represent the feelings we may get. For this experiment I used:Compressed charcoal, Conte sticks, ink with a cocktail stick and graphite.
The materials in what order: Top charcoal, top right- graphite , bottom left- conte stick and bottom right- ink and stick.
In this emotion I felt trusting and wanting to represent the feelings I get around my family, my family are a big part of my everyday life therefore I trust them a-lot I wanted to express this emotion through mark making. My marks were light and I trusted the way my hand was moving, I aimed to show the marks as linking to show the act of linking arms in trust. To show how trust shows connecting and learning how to join as one. I was happy with this piece yet I wished I had done a piece which represented how an emotion would feel when trust isn’t anymore but I think that would lead to my angry piece. I liked feeling this emotion when creating this work, I found my hand movement was light and I represented the emotion well, it was a nice feeling to have when creating marks.
All in all I found this exercise went well and it made me really think about the emotions I feel when creating artwork, I liked the joy feeling best when creating as it made me feel excited and ready to make movement with my medias. The material I was most found of when creating these markings was the ink when I had the right tool to use it with, I found it gave an accurate mark to what I was trying to show. The most difficult emotion I had when creating was anger as I didn’t like to get myself in such a state and use my materials so harsh, yet I found it a good exercise to really get into that mind set and see what art came from it.