Ok so over the Summer as you may know I have explored the numerous angles of approach in terms of context hunting for the best area of text resource that inspires me the most. As I’m not a heavy reader but really enjoy smaller reads I wanted something simple and fun so the poems was the best category of reading that I was pulled towards. I remember from my childhood the effects of poems and how they fostered warmth, smiles and laughter to my family.
I created two simple zines consisting of 8 pages each made up of a folded A3 paper pulled from my sketchbook. You can see these zines and find out more about why I chose and what I hope to achieve with my outcomes on my website here and here.
Or see them in Gif format below:
In terms of development:
The purpose of these poem projects was to test my ability to come up with ideas and to exhibit the standard of quality in my end results. I have learnt that poems get me thinking creatively and also challenge me to produce something unique. From the results I have achieved I feel they are a delight and make a proud starting point to a journey in which I intend to develop much stronger images. What is working right now is the size of these stories that make a wonderful simple and attractive zine to read that takes two seconds and gives pays my readers with a smile back. What I would like to do however to improve any project for next time that I wish to explore is to develop my process quality. I am currently sitting on the translucent and muted effects of watercolours but I have a gut feeling that this is not where my work wants to sit forever. I know I have got more in me to produce better than this. I have ideas of investigating other paint materials like acrylic and oil and also paint brush size, shapes and textures to achieve more realistic and detailed results. Sometimes it is hard to know what you really want that’s itching at you but hard to hear.
At this stage I need to work larger and find artists who inspire me with their traditional paintings.
Below is a selection of what I feel are my three most successful experiments complete over the Summer break before the initiation of my most successful and pleasing poem based projects.
I was in search of selecting a more comfortable and preferable angle of context that works for me. I was looking for text that would spark lots of ideas and it had to create an environment where both text and image are exciting. I looked into the history of old fables and the idea of reviving their time and stories to the audiences of today.
Over Summer I have initiated numerous projects that is centred around my selected process of pencil>watercolour>pen(ink). I have learnt to allow my creative freedom to be expressive in all forms of these media to step into a world of surprises and enjoy and entrust my individual instinctive approach to the making of illustrations.
Out of all the paths I have explored including illustrating for old fables, news articles, website illustrations, postcards and charity focused topics. In terms of context hunting I have found that the current field of children’s poems are a delight to read and create for. I am finding my resource of children’s poems from this found website: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/. Using this website I have access to small and interesting intricate poems that teach us lessons about life through the experience of others. By looking at the world through poems I am learning how the stories release me to the discovery of stories that are humble and out of the ordinary crafted with an attractive short and sweet composition making them an easy read that is less demanding and more appealing to the reader to relax and enjoy. With children’s poems in particular I am attracted to the innocent nature, wild imagination and energy that is characterised with this audience which has worked to stimulate my mind’s eye interpretation to the concepts of these enjoyable and amusing reads.
Head over to my Summer Try Outs for images of my projects from before my latest poem focused work.