For this section, I was asked to use both traditional media (such as ink, pencil crayons and charcoal) together with non-traditional media (such as highlighters and wax crayons) to create a mixed media piece.
Firstly, I decided to get stuck right in and be messy and experimental with several different media and support. I used two pieces of work by two very different artists (the citation for which can be found by clicking here) as a guide. I decided to use different aspects from each piece to experiment with; the collaged supports from the top image, the wash over the support from the bottom image, but also from a ceiling I came across in a local cafe.
I was really pleased with some of the results in this experiment; I really liked the way the colours intensified or weakened depending on the support. I really liked the effect on the kitchen roll, especially the charcoal. I was rather surprised to see how well the charcoal mixed with other media. I also liked the way the masking fluid rubbed away somewhat on the white card when the ink was applied.
On the next page, I rather liked the result of the ink and soft pastels merging together and may use this going forward. Also, the soft pastel and oil pastel merged rather nicely too.
I struggled finding a muse for this part of the course, so decided to search the internet for the best fitting image. I decided upon a bunch of beetroot on a wooden surface due to the multitude of colours, vibrancies, textures and surfaces. I chose to work with a sheet of A2 sketchpad paper as a base for my piece. I then used some textured brown packaging paper to represent the wooden parts of the image. Next, I chose some grey tissue paper for the skin of the beetroot. I left the base of the insides of the beetroot as the plain white surface of the paper, but applied a layer of PVA glue.
Once everything had dried, I began working in some of the detail of the objects; I tried to work in the darkest shadows in charcoal. I then added some of the colours I could see in the beetroot skin with soft pastel, trying to recreate the purples, pinks and blues I could see as well as the grey. I also tried to bring out the lightest parts of the skins by adding a very light grey and white soft pastel. I used ink for the flesh of the beetroot, with a layer of wax crayons and oil pastels on top to add in the veins of the layers. I finished the piece by using oil pastels to add in the deepest shadows again as these became somewhat lost with the layers of soft pastel etc. I used black marker for the gaps in the wood and a brown conté stick on its side to add texture as if grains in the wood.
Overall, I am very pleased with this piece and think I have captured the different types of surfaces well. I think the shadow on the bottom middle beetroot could be slightly more prominent as it looks somewhat unreal compared to the others, or maybe I have simply overworked the others? I am not so sure. I also noticed a bit to the left-hand side of the bottom beetroot which is still white which works to spoil the illusion I am trying to recreate. I really enjoyed creating this piece and the methods used are definitely something I would like to consider incorporating for my final piece for this Part, but also in future parts too.
NB: Citation for images used in my sketchbook can be found by clicking here.
List of Illustrations
Fig. 1. Bunched Beetroot, Organic (500g) [photograph] At: https://www.abelandcole.co.uk/bunched-beetroot-organic (Accessed on 29 April 2019)