Process Seminar

On Tuesday the 13th of October I attended my Process Seminar with my illustration Adverbs group and this time with tutor Amelia Johnstone.

Instead of each student presenting and explaining their work one by one we instead worked in a group to discuss and give feedback on each other’s work and then we would each reveal the concept of the work after our group inputs and unique perspectives which created really interesting results.

I really enjoyed this way of learning from each other as there was a lot less pressure on me to translate and explain my work effectively. I enjoyed sharing my opinions and personal perspectives based on other student’s work and particularly listening to the interesting perspectives offered by the tutor and students to the discussion. It was really intriguing and good fun studying the unique individual creations made by the other illustration students.

Five things that I have learnt from this Seminar:

  1. Colours evoke different feelings and responses from each person.
  2. Sometimes it can be clear and other times it can take time to translate an artwork.
  3. Colour is important because it can give the viewer specific information to perceive things the way the artist intended you to see them or feel.
  4. The longer it takes me to try to translate a piece the less interested I feel.
  5. Colour can provoke feeling more than a black and white image can. It reveals more and it is more impressive to master.

After sharing my ‘Library of Colours’ collection of photograph’s presenting found artwork in the library books that I browsed and that I identified as particular effective colour palettes. My tutor Amelia felt that my choice of the marvel comic piece created by artist Jack Kirby was not an expressive palette as she believes the artist has used a restricted and controlled use of colour.

Marvel piece by Jack Kirby.
Marvel piece by Jack Kirby.

After looking into the definition of ‘expressive’:

Effectively conveying thought or feeling.


And after researching for ‘expressive artwork’:

polarization of light through the chemicals crystal blur


I grasp now that it really is a combination of the wild and energetic application of colour and mark making as well as that vast amount of colours that really present the use of an expressive palette effect.

Expressive colour palettes in art are very abstract!


Author: ellosweetmellon

I am 21 years old and I live in Cardif. My dream is to be a great illustrator that can sell and exhibit my work with pride.

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