Minimalism emerged in New York in the early 1960s among artists who were self-consciously renouncing recent art they thought had become stale and academic. A wave of new influences and rediscovered styles led younger artists to question conventional boundaries between various media. The new art favored the cool over the “dramatic”: their sculptures were frequently fabricated from industrial materials and emphasized anonymity over the expressive excess of Abstract Expressionism. Painters and sculptors avoided overt symbolism and emotional content, but instead called attention to the materiality of the works. Minimalism kind of says that if you put one mark on a page that one mark gets 100% of the attention. If you add another mark the first mark only gets half the attention, and so on so that as you add more things each of the individual things loses some of its impact. I can sum up Minimalism in the quote “Less is More”.
I really like the Minimalist movement, just because of it’s simplicity in some sort, in the visual way, while there might be the deepest and complex meanings behind it. I’ve researched this painting and found out that what appear at first to be white lines are actually bare, narrow spaces of unprimed canvas between the standardized black bands that the artist applied with a housepainter’s brush. There was nothing to this work, the artist declared, beyond the observable—as he put it in a now-famous maxim, “what you see is what you see.” While Stella insisted on the non-referentiality of his paintings, the German title Die Fahne hoch!, which translates as “hoist the flag,” is taken from the “Horst Wessel Song,” the Nazi Party’s marching anthem. The phrase may also refer to raising the banner of a new aesthetic or some sort.
Abstract Expressionism is different from Minimalism in the way that in abstract expressionism the painter is showing his or hers own energy through the brushstroke. The viewer can feel the painters emotions by following the jabs, swirls and marks the artist made.
I particularly enjoy looking at this painting by Sam Francis, I think it has a great purpose of reflecting the Abstract Expressionism movement . The large size gives the painting more intensity and heaviness to the look. I find it hard to describe, but when I look at this painting it seems like if I look long enough the brushstrokes, the colors are gonna start moving in a circle like a smoke from a cigarette coming up and slowly dissolving in the air. Also, very brave and bold choice of color, I always pay attention to that. The artist is mixing cold, primary, blue color with glimpses/marks of secondary color yellow, showing through and creating some sort of contrast on a white canvas that does contain bunch of different colors that are sloppily placed around. Yet at the end the composition works well together. Reminds me of graffiti too.
After finishing my research for my Personal Style project, it was time to start gathering ideas on what I want my cards look like. I went through my sketchbook and chose the best bits I thought would look nice on a card. Those bits included research pages, illustrations and fashion collage.
After choosing which part of my sketchbook I’m going to use for my cards, I scanned everything I needed and emailed them to my tutor so she can print them out for me.
By the end when the cards were nicely printed I was very satisfied with the outcome and I thought that this project was a nice start to this year. I was so proud of how my cards looked, I gave one of my cards as a present to my sister and signed it.
Continuing with my fashion illustration, I drew some really successful fashion sketches, showing my ideas. I was inspired by patterns (mostly shapes and lines) and how they work on clothes and body. I drew 4 models, used mostly markers. The colors are dark and earthy, a lot of green a brown. After that I chose my best sketch and decided to work a bit more on it, by scanning it on scanner and just changing color palette, the outcome wan’t crucial it was just for my own practice.
For me personally there’s no difference in just drawing and fashion sketch, you’re still trying to deliver forms, shapes & movement. Before I started doing fashion illustration I drew anything my hand will desire and I developed this topic quiet a lot. This is just a different style of drawing I call “Symbolic Drawing” or “Animation/Moving Image” where of course forms and shapes might be a bit exadurated or vice versa, it’s all about animating, not clothes, that’s the difference between fashion sketch and animation drawing. So I did a whole page on those kind of drawing, very colorful, detailed and interesting to look at in my opinion.
Next in line was make-up chart. I knew what it was before my tutor mentioned it, but to be honest I never used one myself. The tutor gave everyone hand-outs with printed out blank make up chart (face) and said we could use those, but it wasn’t in my interest. If I’m taking this project seriously, everything would have to be done using my hands only + it would take me less than a minute to briefly draw a face so why bother use print out when I can have my own how I like it. On my 1st page I have 2 make-up chart, both of them mostly done in markers and pens, but I did try to use real make up on the second one which turned out to be not very leasing. I have to say, I though I’d do better with this make- up chart, I had a lot of experimentation and I’ve never drawn with real make up before. What I’ve noticed is make-up does interacts with paper it’s own way, which for me is not really an option. On my 3rd make-up chart I decided to use only make-up to see what it’s gonna look like. I tried using liquid highlighter, which was a success texture vise, the paper was super shimmery and glittery but not color vise, because the skin looked dirty and yellowish. On the lips I tried matt liquid lipstick, which worked out well it dried out and stayed without leaving any marks. Tried to use powder blush instead of cream blush, because cream blush leaves obvious marks, but powder blush didn’t have any pigment in it at all so it didn’t really work. Overall, I’m glad I’m trying something new and pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
Dada movement was kind of this violent and accidental starting point for people and for the art world to capture in between 1915 and 1922. The war that was going on in France at that time kind of created this desperate movement that would aim to find something in this blowing up chaos that’s going on in reality and try to irritate, amuse and distract people. For example when Marcel Duchamp drew a moustache and beard on Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and penciled “L.H.O.O.Q” at the bottom of his altered image which meant “She has a hot ass.” in French, which is a very childish thing to do, but childishness played very important role in the Dada movement.
Another really good example is Man Ray’s “Compass”, 1920, which was the magnet-and-pistol device that he took photo of right when he made it, therefore we can look at it and analyse. This magnet holds a child’s gun, a toy, not a grown up’s gun. He was using objects to create ideas and in this particular piece portraying the contrast between child and adult but at the same time bringing them together by showing that there is an attraction in violence even in children.
There is a lot of cases and mentions of accident in Dada movement. Discovering something by accident and the meaning of accident itself. Also, in my opinion the historical art pieces I saw that relate to Dada movement in summery I can say that they all brought something new into the world, something surreal and weird. I really want to compare Marcel Duchamp to Banksy in the way that both of those people broke the rules at the right place, at the right time. For me Dada movement was always the beginning of something new, the flower of life, the world where people compare sex machine to coffee grinder and exposed to light paper in the dark room to two people kissing and creating the tenderness between each other. The power of imagination.
This week I started looking deeper into fashion illustration. I found my old sketchbook which is like 2 years old and I found some sketches/drawings from there I decided I had to include. First, I included my mom’s sketch she drew it when I was only starting to find out what fashion illustration was & because my mom does have a degree in constructing clothes she knew everything about it. That was kind of a starting point in me attempting to commit to fashion illustration.
I also drew a lot of observational drawings of female’s (model’s) body, mostly with normal drawing pencil, first I kinda did it step by step, from lines to forms and I tried to capture the movement of the body, by adding shading and just practicing and practicing, until it would take me few minutes to quickly sketch a model. After that I started simplifying my sketches to just continuous line drawings and I switched to pens and markers, because they can’t really get smudged like pencil and you don’t need to sharpen it all the time, plus I like the idea that I can’t rub away pen, which means I gotta think twice before the line appears on the paper.
As I look at my sketches now, they do look a bit too much black & white, I would personally add color but they are just rapid drawings, so there’s no reason really. From drawing only bodies I moved on to drawing clothes, which was a bit more challenging, because when you drawing clothes you need to be able to show the texture of the fabric and how its “sits” on the body, where it folds, where it doesn’t. So to start off, my fashion sketches were a bit 2D (flat).
One of my fashion illustrations (you don’t have to call it that) “2Faced” is a really nice example of what might be on the card at the end of the project. That’s what we gonna do, come up with up to 10 images to put on cards and I think this one would look great.
Today I was introduced to my first project of this year that was all about personal style. I’m really exited to do it, because I love to talk about my personal style and I think I have my own way of doing things and few ideas to develop, so I’ll see where this short project takes me.
First in my sketchbook goes mind map, than I’ve done like an entry page where I look deeper into the meaning of the word “style” and what it means to me. After that I’ve done four mood boards and I tried to make them as monochrome as possible so the viewer understands what color I’m focusing on. Well that was only really successful only on my first mood board. Anyone could say that this is just bunch of random pictures and I would agree at some point, but all the pictures I included in my sketchbook does relate to me it their own way. I tried to do the mood boards in my style, which is fashionable and with humor.
Also, as part of my secondary research I’ve looked at Rihanna as a fashion icon and made a whole page about her, because I love the way she dresses, very expensive and unique. I ended everything with one more mood board.