During this Unit in art we have been printing and carving. It has been a great process as I have learnt many new skills such as carving and printmaking. I learnt how to Properly clean up and how to carve without cutting yourself. I have really enjoyed this unit because we got to take something we love and incorporate it into our art. My personal interest was Soccer, I incorporated this into my design by adding four soccer fields into the bottom corners of the motif.
Strengths/Weaknesses (evaluating my work)
I think I did a great job on making the motif interlock because it connects perfectly which makes it look connected as a piece of artwork. I am very proud of my work because it represents me as a person because it includes the cultural influence which is the criss cross pattern and that represents my childhood because I used to play chess all the time. Also the contrast of colours look nice because there is a light colour on a dark piece of paper or its the other way around which makes the print stand out. I was very proud of the solution that I came up with to include soccer into my design and it to be noticeable because I didn’t want to do a ball or a circle because that could be anything and its hard to distinct the cultural influence and the personal interest. I like how sometimes the two intersect but for this piece of art I really wanted to show part of me. A few weaknesses was when I carved the centre part of my motif where the little circles are, they were supposed to be a bit bigger and the thing that I did is I kept carving into the plate so that they were all even but every time they would get smaller and smaller because I kept carving unevenly until they were almost unnoticeable. I would change my motif next time so it was a little less crowded because there is a lot going on, also I would not really divide it up into sections because a lot of other peoples motifs seemed as though they transitioned smoothly without any really straight lines. Also another problem I ran into while I was creating my motif is that I realised that I was quite far behind everyone else but I solved this problem by consistently coming into open studio so that I could catch up and I ended up finishing my work. For example when I was still designing my motif, Regev was already carving so I decided to catch up so I would not have to stress about not finishing. Every week I caught up little by little and in the end it made a big difference. Another issue was when I was sticking my prints onto the paper, I accidentally stuck one on wrong so I had to reprint and it came down to the last second for me to finish. Next time if I had to redo this I would be more careful when sticking my prints on the black paper as if you make one mistake it could ruin the whole thing.
My creative thinking was thinking of alternate possibilities. I did this when I was creating my design because I needed to think of a way to combine both soccer and an ancient Egyptian motif together or at least incorporate them both in my final motif. My first thought was to have circles surrounding one thing in the centre but I did not like the idea because my personal interest was hard to distinct from the rest of the pattern. So I thought of making it based around soccer and then incorporate the cultural influence in from there. I also had the idea of creating soccer pitches because I realised that my cultural influence included a lot of straight shapes and lines such as squares and rectangles, so I used that to create the Soccer pitches. Also I kept coming up with ideas about things in my design that could be thought of it one way or the other. For example the criss cross pattern looks like a chess board and it just so happens that chess was a big part of when I lived in England. I had many different ideas of what things could be but in the end I had to limit myself or the motif would end up a mess and this is something I really learnt from which is it is fun to add lots of different patterns into your design but in the end if you add too many then it could end up really hard to carve or you might not be able to tell whats what.
Cultural Influence and Personal Interest
My cultural influence in this project was Egyptian, this Egyptian motif is very simple yet effective because it seems complex when you look at it but really the contrast is doing a lot of the work, other than that it’s just a few boxes with squares inside them I chose this not because I have anything related to Egyptian but I just love the way that their motifs are quite basic but very effective, as shown above where they only use two squares in the boxes but it looks like an illusion and it looks quite complex. The thing I love about this cultural motif is that anyone can manage it yet it looks amazing. This is important to me because it shows that everyones art is unique in a different way, and it doesn’t have to be really complex in order to look good. This gave me a lot of inspiration to try new things out. I used to think that my artwork was bad because its too basic but this gave me inspiration and that is why I like it so much. My personal interest was in soccer and I showed this by putting soccer pitches into my prints which then in colour looked amazing because it really brought them to life as they were the colours they usually would be in real life. They also really helped balance the positive and negative space because soccer fields have a lot of empty space and so if I decided to print the goals and the halfway line there would still be a lot of negative space. If I chose the empty space as my positive space it would have had an equal amount of ink to what it was the other way round. I chose soccer because I have played it my whole life and it is my favourite sport. Also a lot of memories I have are from playing soccer with my friends and family and that is what really brought everyone together.
The artworks Elements
In my artwork I used very straight lines as well as curved lines because in the Egyptian design that I was inspired by, many of the lines were very straight which created shapes that have no curves but I decided I also wanted some curves in so I did and I think it looks great. Also the lines in the Egyptian motif they are quite thick and easy to carve so I used the same for my design and it worked out perfectly. In this unit we did polychromatic printing meaning that we printed with many colours. I printed in many colours to make my prints stand out. The pattern I created is I had the main print in the centre which was white ink on green paper and the reason I did this is because that is typically what colour a soccer field would look like and then from their I used lighter and darker shades of green paper to show the different ways a pitch could look during different types of weather. Then I started to use more blue colours because another sport which is similar to soccer is water polo and I actually quite like watching it so I decided to put that in the corners so there was a pattern with the blue colours in the corner and then the white and green colours in the centre. The colour inks I used are: blue, turquoise, white. The colour papers I used are green, light green, dark green, light blue, misty blue. I created a pattern with these colours to show unity so the artwork fits together and is not just random. I really thought about how I could make a pattern with these colours and I decided on this as the final one because it looked the best from my perspective. It is ordered by in the corners there is the blue and then with each colour paper and ink it was 2 away from the same type of print. Then in the centre I had the main print which was what a soccer field would normally look like. My motif interlocks perfectly because throughout the whole process I used a ruler to make sure I was accurate and in the end it worked out. Also it interlocks in many places like the criss cross pattern and the straight line and the soccer fields.
In conclusion I am very proud of my work because it represents me well and it includes a lot of different aspects of my life. I used my experiences in life to draw and create an abstract piece of work because the criss cross pattern and the straight line pattern show that in my point of view sometimes soccer is smooth and nice to play and sometimes it is straight and quite serious.