3rd - 6th March: Tutorial with Rob & Experimentation of Techniques

Today I had my tutorial with Rob. He was able to give me a lot of advice as I seemed a bit stuck with my project. I understood that I wanted to focus in on superstitions, but I wasn’t sure what and how to do it. He suggested that I take a different way of approaching the subject as it is one that is commonly approached in terms of illustration since it deals with narrative so forwardly. He suggested that I look into perhaps a scientific way of approaching superstitions as a contradiction which is an idea that I find interesting. I also asked for his help in terms of image making as I felt like I kept making images of the same nature and it wasn’t very exciting. He gave me a list of practitioners to look into and methods which I could experiment with. 

After my tutorial, I researched into monoprinting and bought a bottle of ink. At home, I experimented with creating images with brushes or dip pens in ink which provided more variety in line weight. Monoprinting was something which took a bit more research to understand how it works. I have never done it before and found that I needed block printing ink, plexiglass and a roller. I didn’t have plexiglass so I simply used a piece of glass from a frame I bought and found that it did the job perfectly. I also experimented monoprinting with gouache and watercolor as well just to see what the difference was. I really liked the images that it created and I found that I really enjoy printing as a medium in general for the analog feel it provides. 

I also interviewed some friends from traditional Chinese families on the superstitions in Chinese culture. Having experienced some of it myself, it was still eye opening to see how many different types of superstitions that are in the Chinese culture. The overall idea I got from this interview was the amount of pressure which was on the individual to keep the evil spirits away and the gods happy. Wanting to experiment with different types of material, I tried to create some work based off of this pressure which one faces with tracing paper. I looked into some tracing paper illustrations online and found works by Brooks Salzwedel which captured the use of the tracing paper perfectly. There was some form of transparency and mysteriousness in it which I liked. 

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