Chris Pantling FMP Mid-point Review
Inspiration Gemma Correll Sarah King Matt Blease Abby Wright
Exploration My original basis for my FMP was based around the theme of exploration. This began life as I took a trip from Epsom to Clapham Junction, sketching as I went.
This task proved to be difficult due to the time limitations I set myself at each location in order to get to all the stops before dark. This made it very difficult to find something of interest and draw it. I also felt that I was still unsure as to what my theme was. Whilst I had the branch of exploration, I failed to go to each place with something specific to draw, this lead to me drawing flowers and animals, which I didnâ€™t think worked particularly well at, as they arenâ€™t something I have had much success in illustrating.
Daily Journal I have also kept a daily journal based on what Iâ€™ve been doing each day. This task was limited to black and blue ink.
My daily journal has been particularly inspirational as the project has continued. Whilst I have lifted my limitation on black and blue ink and spent a little longer drawing each page, the premise remains the same, illustrate what I do each day. I have found that this separate piece of work has been very productive, and has given me ideas that have inspired my FMP work as well.
Things I need... Following my original travelling I also began looking at items I would need to go travelling.
After I went travelling I felt that I needed to start drawing something more specific, as my exploration theme wasnâ€™t really giving me the focus I needed. I went back through my sketchbook and found that the things that I liked to draw most were in fact my belongings. I spent the next few hours drawing various objects from my bag that I had taken on my travels. This proved to be extremely productive, and felt like I was on the right path.
Inanimate Objects The previous sketches in my sketchbook lead me onto producing a large illustration of random possessions. This started with just some of my possessions and lead onto me drawing the contents of one of Beckyâ€™s drawers.
From the initial sketches and illustrations in my sketchbook, I went on to produce this large scale illustration (poster if you will). Originally I intended to colour it like the images in my sketchbook with acrylic ink, but after a little thought I scanned and photomerged the illustration and coloured it in Photoshop. I am glad that I did too, the finish I achieved turned out to be extremely successful and really motivated me to continue.
Possessions Further experimentation of my theme of possessions looking a little deeper into how people feel about there things, in this case shoes.
As a bit more experimentation, I decided to try a smaller scale and introducing some copy. In my last task I had drawn a lot of possessions, but felt that it wasnâ€™t really displaying any kind of message. To alleviate this I have begun to look into meanings behind objects. Starting simple I illustrated my shoes, and applied meaningful quotes (Forest Gump) to them. I also drew Natalie Ewinâ€™s shoe, and applied a quote from her as she gave it to me, this felt a lot more meaningful, and makes me want to look at some more sentimental objects to see what attachments they provoke.
What next? Next I aim to continue looking at objects that mean something to people, looking into objects that are sentimental, more so than shoes.