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Markmarking

The group had a session called Markmaking with Orly Orbach and Michelle Salamon.

Monday, the group had Orly Orbach to lead this session and it was a very busy day. Orly introduced us what Mark making was. She asked if anyone did any life drawing session. Not a lot people did it, She then gone on to say that we should really do it and it didn’t have to be life drawings of the nude body but anything for example people sleeping on the train etc.

In the mourning session, Orly has given us the first task which was Orly leading us go to the corridors and made us draw dramatic movements like speed walking, jogging, three way walk etc. The image below was the results of the first task. everyone used different materials to draw these movements likes makers and soft papers. I used colour pens by Paper Mate called Inkjoy. Instead of drawing in my sketchbook, I just used paper that had a smooth and shiny surface on one side and normal cartridge paper on the other.
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The group went back to the studio and began with the second task. The second task consisted of two mini modelling session. The first session was me paired up with a partner. I was meant to tell the model to pose in a certain way and have them say how they feel. The partner has their eyes close during this process, so they don’t see how I’m placing their arms and legs for the pose. The paper on the far right on the image was the result. The other two sheets was the results of the second mini modelling session. The second modelling activity was that everyone was to be paired up in threes, having two modelling and the third drawing. Once the person finished drawing, they exchange with modelling and another person in this mini group start drawing and verse versa.

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After lunch, when the group got back together thats when the final task was given to us by Orly. This last task was to create a 10 panel scene. This was exampled in detailed, everyone had to be split into small groups and design and create masks. Once the masks are created, one member has to draw whilst rest of the small group have to acted out the scene.

There was three small groups consisting of two 4’s and one 5. I was in the group of 5. We weren’t sure what the scene was going to be about, so we just went into designing the mask. during this process members of the group had ideas of what they wanted the scenes to be and we all decided to base it on nature and pollution. The other groups made two masks in total but my group made three based on the amount of people and we did come up with a narrative we were sticking to. The images below were the creation process of the masks.

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Here’s what one of the masks looks like once it is been modelled. This mask is based upon a bird. This narrative the group came up with was that there are three characters, a bird, pollution and nature itself. The looks of Pollution was designed on one of London buildings and Nature looked like a face with flowers coming out.

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On Thursday session it was led by Michelle Salamon. The second mark making workshop started with presentation. Michelle talked about the reductive mark making. We were given a brief called ‘Skyline’ and the context behind it is take advantage of the birds eye view perspective of the local area that being on the 6th floor provides us with. The first task was to get everyone to sit in front of a window and focus on what part of the view they are going to draw.

The purpose of the brief was to explore and experiment with different mark making techniques. We would be using an “Iterative Process” to develop a final image which means that We have to re-work into an image until we feel that the piece is communicates our idea effectively.We had to use a variety of mixed media techniques before we settle on a final techniques.

Looking around other people drawings, some have drawn large pieces however I chosen to do a two small drawings that have two focus points of the view from the studio.

The image below are Michelle given an the group an tutorial of how to the materials that were brought in for this session. Some mateirals that was been shown were Indian ink, block ink, Graphite stick and charcoal.
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Michelle is showing the group how to monoprint and how create the stencils based on one of the drawings that we did on the view from London. The images below is of Michelle appealing block ink and Indian ink on separate sheets of paper.

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She has then showed us another way of creating an image called Graphite technique. There were two Graphite techniques she showed us. One was Graphite powder, where you put the powder down of paper and start rub it down to create tones and the other was a graphite stick which can do the same thing as the powder but the stick gives a sense of control. The image below just shows Michelle showing the outcomes of what both techniques gives us.
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Out of the two drawings I’ve made in my sketchbook, I’ve chosen the second drawing because between the two I thought that the results of the second came out better and it was easy to tell what buildings. Drawing isn’t my strongest. When it does come to it, I prefer to take my time and really focus on the subject then doing few quick sketches because I feel that I’m being rushed however I do think this is a great process for me to learn different drawing techniques and skills.

I scanned in the second drawing and enlarged it in Photoshop. Because it’s drawn in pencil, the lines are very light and grey. I was having trouble on how I would cut, after receiving advice from Michelle, I just cut out the outline of the buildings and used both pieces for different mark making outcomes.

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