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Since last week session I looked and thought about colour, also the different mediums and textures that were used within the book and the film. Whilst watching the film and studying The Second Tale in detail, the most common observations of colour were reds and oranges. Then at home, I tried the Ink and Straw Blowing technique to try and create tree-like shapes and see how it reacted on a page. (Image 3). This was similar to the illustrations within the book. I then dropped the ink straight into some water and watched its movement qualities, realising it was a lot more fluid than dropping it on a dry piece of paper. This was similar to the effect created within the film during The Second Tale.

In the film, the mother says, “Life is always in the eyes,” which I found really interesting and meaningful because of its context within the plot. It also brought some wild emotions into the story as everything had been very neutral until this point which in some cases made this more extreme as very little other text had allowed you to be this imaginative. So, I then created a water colour drawing to represent “Life is always in the eyes,” I did this by dropping a number of water colours onto the eye drawing. I felt that this representation of what you see with the eye worked really well and represented of how a child sees the world.  I knew that this drawing need further work if it was to be the subject of our installation. For example, a ‘3D eye’ would have veins like tree branches and the whitespace in the centre of the eye would form the silhouette of a Yew Tree. (Image 3)

As part of our group collaboration, we shared our ideas from last week. As a result of this, we came up with a number of similar ideas, especially using Ink and Straw Blowing. We then made a joint piece of work based on Ink and Straw Blowing. (Image 4). As a result of this, the group realised that if we had a focal point it would give a sense of perspective and purpose, as our original piece was very random and without focus. It looked more like an exercise than an artistic piece. Similarly, we had only tried it in bright colours but we should have tried it in black-and-white to make a comparison. This would of given us a different emotional response. We discussed the different emotions we would of experienced from the two pieces of art and compared them to how the books art made us feel. This would be something to question in the future whether we wanted the audiences’ emotions to be the same or different to the original illustrations. From this we also experimented with the Rorschach ink technique and discussed how suddenly reflecting an image can change how you see the patterns and colours. (Image 5)

We shared our work with our tutor within the seminar, however he believed we did this in a generic environment and we should think about experimenting with the location where we created our work in to see if it would give us a different outcome. In addition to this, the paper size (A4) restricted the work we could produce, and we should think about firstly the size of paper used and the sort of canvas used. This was all about removing our artistic boundaries so that with our work we could be more creative.

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