So this week it was back to work – and it went incredibly quickly! Which is lovely. Except when the little part of my mind, hidden away at the back goes ‘One more week gone, one more week closer to that deadline!’ My dissertation is due in on the 4th September, so now just less than nine months away, and while the reasonable part of my brain is telling me I have plenty of time, just keep doing what you’re doing, that little part of my brain is making me worry – I can see whole weeks vanishing before my eyes, it’ll be end of July and end of supervision before I know it, I’m not doing enough. And round and round this goes. So last night I decided to settle down at my desk with Richard Castle and Kate Beckett (my latest favourite TV show, Castle) and my school sketchbook which I use to help out the kids. I decided, as I was feeling quite inspired by their lesson yesterday, I would have a go at the little homework they’d been set – creating a research page in their sketchbooks on Kandinsky. This little project did exactly what it was supposed to do: distract my mind and allow me to relax and have fun without worrying for a couple of hours. I’m also really pleased with the double-page spread I produced!
I used images from Kandinsky’s works and cut the letters free-hand for the title, I then selected some of my favourites to add to the rest of the page. I stuck to the same mini-brief that the kids were given: Key facts, no white spaces, plus both cut-outs and drawings from Kandinsky’s works. I tried to use the elements of Kandisky’s works that I love; mainly the geometric shapes, the colours, and the layers.
My own drawings and the background have been produced using watercolours and my lovely new set of Derwent Academy Sketch and Colour pencils which I won from a Niki Pilkington Facebook competition (an awesome artist who creates images for Derwent’s packaging among other things). One thing I borrowed from the teacher’s demonstration was cutting out bits from the image and layering them onto the page – I then had a play with trying to recreate the effect of the slightly faded colours around the circles using the pencils.
I had so much fun creating this double-page. It’s been a long time since I produced an artist research page, and it made me think that I should do it more often – it forces you to look a little closer at artists’ works, how they’ve produced certain effects, whether those effects can be produced in other materials, and even looking at the influences behind the pieces. What was even better was discovering just how much I loved the format of this little sketchbook. It’s size and shape meant that I could work at my desk, where I don’t have much space, and it also forced me to think about how I was going to compose the page as I wasn’t used to working in such a small area. I think I’m definitely going to be doing more of these in future!