Sunday, 22 November 2009


I found the John Soanes Museum really interesting to look at but for some reason i didnt really enjoy drawing anything in there.
At first i couldnt work out why because there were loads of objects, statues and furniture that i really liked but i was finding them a bit of a chore to draw, but then when we were looking at everyones work afterwards it turned out a lot of people felt the same and someone said that although the objects were really beautiful, they were made to be decorative and so were already a piece of art and so drawing them was like doing a drawing of a painting.

I think thats why i preferred the Hunterian musuem - along with morbid curiosity.

Drawing in the Hunterian was more like life drawing as you could focus on creating your own drawing/image rather than copying a pre exsisting one.
I also really enjoyed the Exquisite bodies exhibition and found the models of the embryos and embryo faces at various stages really good to draw as they looked so inhuman - more like vegetable roots/rocks/aliens, i also found the use of religious imagery in the medical models interesting. There were a few small models in frames of a a woman giving birth, and the woman is made to look like the virgin Mary, looking strangely calm, as to have it any other way at the time would have been seen to be obscene or inappropriate.

Induction project - Baba Yaga

For this project i was in a group with Ella, Peter, Mumu and Harriet (shepherd). I think overall we worked well together, we all drew 5 images for the storyboard in black and white and then chose the most succesful elements of each image to use in the final film - a puppet show.
I think the mood/tone of the storyboard was reflected in the set we made, using only black and white materials and creating a wintery scene with flour scattered on the floor.
We didnt really allocate jobs to do seperately although we decided who would draw what characters or make what part of the scenery, we done it in class and would ask eachothers opinion so that we all had an input and would be fairly happy with the final outcome.
It was similar with the filming, we all helped moving the puppets and scenery and experimented with different lighting, giving a strobe effect or casting shadows.
I think we should have maybe spent more time on the filming as we filmed it all in one day, we weren't really familiar with the camera that we loaned and so weren't too sure about how to focus it which resulted in the film being blurry in places, so that probably could of been avoided if we had of done short test films as the project went along.
but Saying that, i think we had to wait for a camera to become available from CLS and so with the time we had i think it was done pretty well. Also it was interesting to hear what other people thought about it - for example Anne thought that it being out of focus added to the effect. I kind of agree but some of the characters were really detailed and that was lost in the film.