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Can you see me?

Some work I did for a project at Uni based on the ideas of loneliness and desperation. I did a mixture of mixed media on images found in magazines and some photographs taken in a rundown abandoned car park.

I enjoyed the contradiction of these images together. I believe the effect is subtle but unnerving.

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This entrance way was on the top floor of the car park. Someone had spray painted words onto the walls that makes this frame look sinister. “Help me” , “Welcome to hell”.  collage-3In this small project I was able to experiment in ways I hadn’t done before. I found it effective using white ink as well as black. This effect becomes almost haunting and along side the black ink it gives a contrast to stop the image looking washed out.

9-1collage-1I had fun adding tear lines and blocks of colour to my images, I feel that these additions added a level of detachment from the faces that formed a barrier to isolate the content.

14-2collage-4To this image I tried adding thinner lines in pen to add detail to the face as the figure is farther away from the ‘surface’. This small addition I feel added more emotion and tension.6-4collage-3-2With this image I experimented further by exploring what effect could be produced by cutting up and rearranging the image. This fractured image that is the result brings a sense of distortion to the face that triggers the emotions I was hoping to evoke.

19-2collage-5This image is one that came about though the use of white ink. I used the white at first as a base and then reinstated the black to reform the image. The result is a dark and sinister effect and the addition of the colour red brings the focus onto the mouth. 12-2collage-6

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Sketchbook work

I find that my sketchbook work tends to be very centered around portraits and quotes. I suppose that’s because I find faces to interesting and that I enjoy creating narratives in peoples faces.

Most of the time in my sketchbooks I draw in Biro or any black pen I have to hand. First I’ll find inspiration, either in image, person, object or quote and I’ll do a rough idea of what I want to page to look like and to make sure the features are accurate.

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Then I go in with pen and once that’s done I decide if I want to add another aspect to make the drawing mixed media. Most of the time if I feel an image needs it I would add watercolour, either to add more tone or to brighten it up with some colour.