When I started this journey my main aim was to improve my skills whilst doing something I really love. I’ve always really enjoyed painting and sewing, but sometimes felt like I didn’t know what to do next, I was hoping this course would give me a definite direction to work in, and it has, although I haven’t always enjoyed the areas needing to be studied.
The area I’ve found the most helpful is creating sketchbooks, before if I wanted to create something I just dived straight in and didn’t always get the results I wanted. Using sketchbooks has shown me how useful it is to quickly try out ideas and different ways of expressing them, as well as the importance of practice. I feel regular practice of drawing and painting skills in my sketchbooks have really improved my techniques, so I feel happier with my final pieces of work.
Working on my final piece has really shown me that I’ve changed the way I develop an idea, before I would’ve just made my final piece then had to go back and make up all the preparation work to fit in. Instead I started by gathering some reference images, then sketching out some initial ideas. After feedback from my tutor I then tried to incorporate his ideas into my work, before trying out a number of different techniques and ideas in smaller samples. I then chose my favourite areas from these samples to work into my bigger final piece.