Artist Designer Profile Two
Now is the time to select the second of two artists or designers that inspire you the most. As you know, you will study them in depth, so you can use their ideas and techniques in your own project.
This second example could be similar to the first - or you could deliberately choose one that CONTRASTS with the first one.
- They may share the same subject matter / content - but handle it in a completely different way
- They may not be / may be from the same period of time / place as the first
- They may not be / may be from the same ‘movement’ as the first
- They might work in the same media or method as the first?
Whatever you choose - it’s important to select something that you feel creatively inspired by!
Content - What is it about? [Story]
An exciting way to describe an art or design work - is to imagine you can WALK INTO IT! Use the questions below to help you describe what you experience:
- What do you see on your left?
- What do you see on your right?
- What do you see behind you?
- What do you see above you?
Use all of your SENSES:
- Visual – look closely around you - what is the detail?
- Auditory – what would you hear?
- Kinesthetic – what physical sensations do you have?
- Olfactory – what would it smell like?
- Gustatory – what would it taste like?
Be playful, and show that you have explored the artwork thoroughly
Form - What form does it take? [What is it?]
Literally, this means exploring and recording what the art or design work physicallyIS…. the mind map below gives a few possibilities….
Research and note down what the artwork actually is. Make sure you include the basics of:
- What it is - e.g. “Oil Painting”
- Scale - is it bigger than life size? Miniature?
- Artist/Designer name/s
- Date made
You will gain lots of marks by explaining WHY you think the maker chose to make it in the form that they did… If you can consider some of the different possible forms the artist may have considered, and rejected, then you will really get under the skin of their idea - and explore alternatives
Mood - How does it make the onlooker feel? [Does it change your mood?]
Now you need to look carefully into the art work and ask “How this mood is created…..?” There will be more than one answer to this - so the following prompt questions will help:
__VISUAL ACTIVITIES __
- Recreate a section of the work in a different media
- Recreate a section of the work in a colour range
- Recreate a section of the work with a different central image
- Then record how the MOOD has altered. Interview a friend who has not seen either image before, and record their comments.
- What does this tell you about how MOOD has been created?
- What methods most excite your own creativity? Say why, and how
Process - How was it made? [What materials & techniques were used to make it, and how?]
What ever you find the makers process is, try to find out as much as you can about how they made it. There are infinite ways of using the same materials - so this where you need to be a visual detective, and really try to investigate what they used, and how. Here is just one example spider diagram, just on simple drawing:
Once you have given a simple written description of what the maker of the work did, with which materials, get onto trying the very same materials yourself, to capture the process!
Insights Your Own Opinions AndIdeas Observed
Your personal responses to the Art/Design work…. The sky is the limit here - you just need to capture in images and words that you make, what you think about this first work that you have explored in depth..
- Show the examiner what excites your creativity about this work
- Say what you like about it, and why
- Say what you dislike about it, and why
- Say what visual ideas it has, that you would like to explore
- Compare and contrast it to other works you have seen
Some key questions to consider are:
Use these keywords to assist you, not just in your written, but also in your image responses.
The examiner wants to see both of these - but mostly, the images that this artist/designer/maker has inspired you to make, YOURSELF.
Get sketching and drawing these, amidst your words - you will be able to develop creative responses from these, later!