This is a critical part of my creative presses. It is a part that I sometimes get wrong. It is important because it’s in this part that I choose what ideas and samples I am going to develop further and which ones I choose to put down. This time I am going to look at my work and think about what samples I find most successful and how I am going to try and improve them or maybe think about which samples I can develop into a surface pattern. I tend to complicate myself and sometimes try and develop too many ideas. This time I want to prove to myself that I can do a surface pattern that can work well for fashion or/and interiors. After doing part four I realised that I should make more use of my drawings and learn to develop them further.

In part five I have ended up with a big body of work. So many variations of the same print. Some prints where just to abstract and not refined enough. I remembered Jennys’ advice in my previous reviews ‘think about quality’ and with my tutors words in my ear I started sorting.

although I think the images above are successful I decided that at this stage they were not right for a surface print based on ‘femininity through an artist view’.It was simple! I just wasn’t happy with the hands as they are not refined enough. The image didn’t seem to fit well amongst the other images. After fiddling around with compositions I decided that these samples wouldn’t make it into my surface print.

Above: Even though I am happy with the results of some of the shading and light on my skin and I learnt that the skin has so many different hues (after researching Jenny Saville’s work) I decided the self portrait above is not fit for purpose. It didn’t fit my idea of femininity through an artist view. I think the reason why is because the image is to polished. I wanted my images to be more “feminine” “subtle”. I was looking at a more “romantic” view of femininity. ‘The art of the fail’ also didn’t fit in well when trying different compositions. In the end I didn’t choose it for my final stage of sorting; simply because it didn’t work well with the other images when thinking of a composition for my surface print.

The image above: I would like to develop this image more. I think it could be developed and made into a mono-print just to add a bit of ‘abstractness’. I enjoy the fact that femininity comes in different shapes and sizes. The feature of this image is the underwear. Underwear does not define how feminine we are but it can help us feel more feminine (I think). I enjoy how I have managed to depict the detail of the underwear, the detail of the lace was quite a success! I wonder how this would translate on a mono-print?

Above: I think the drawing above is a successful one. I enjoy the delicacy of it. The pastel colours soften the nude and I am really pleased with the outcome of the skin tones. I am also proud of the light on the hair, especially where the hair rests on the left shoulder. Although I enjoy the colour pallet of this drawing I want to develop it into a mono-print and incorporate it in my surface print. I think this image is a direct response to my research into both Leonardo da Vinci and Jenny Saville but still keeping my own voice. The outcome of this image really surprised me!… still… the colour pallet is not what I want so for that reason I will adapt it to a mono-print. I migh also look into doing my own lino cutting. I wondered if this image would translate well?

Above: I think this is a successful mono-print. I captured the statue in Sevilla well. In reality the statue was more voluptuous but from the angle I drew her from you couldn’t see her thighs and bum never mind her breast!

I chose this angle because I enjoyed the contrast of the building and the guitar. If I could do the mono-print again I would probably draw the guitar a bit better. I think preparing the paper before doing the mono-print worked well. I enjoy the composition of this drawing and I am also happy with what it depicts. Femininity is about being strong and confident and being in touch with one self. The woman in this drawing is a dancer and makes music with her voice and her guitar, she is a gipsy from Triana and they are known to be “earthy” and strong.

Above: I enjoy this drawing. I simply enjoy how the hair is gathered at the back of her neck and the lady is exposing her décolletage (in my opinion one of the most feminine parts of a woman’s body) whilst covering her neck and upper part of her arms. I also enjoy how I have captured some of the mystery of this lady, similar to what I learnt by researching Leonardo da Vinci’s works.

Above: I just adore this mono-print. It is in my opinion so delicate and refined. It is adapted from one of Leonardo’s drawings of faces. I felt I needed some of his direct influence in my future surface print. I just love the way the paint has made interesting 3d marks just in the right places. The face of the lady looks serene and lost in her own thoughts.

Above: it was important to me to have an image of the female form that looked weak and desperate. Femininity doesn’t always look strong. Sometimes it is in despear. As women we have so many thoughts and emotions to juggle and we can sometimes fall and fail. Our minds although strong can also be frágil which can cause depresión and anxiety. I think this image depicts those emotions well. It is a simple but effective image.

Above: I decided to include this image because it is a direct response of the imagery I collected when travelling to Madrid. It shows a women dressing a young lady. It is a made dressing a lady (a very common scene in many paintings of old masters when depicting female nudes) I enjoyed the idea of women helping women. The reality of what these images represent is very different but as I have creative licence in this project I like to give it a more romantic outcome. I like to think of this image as a woman supporting another women. Both ladies building each other up, exchanging ideas and tips on how to look and be stronger.

Above: A mono-print of a sculpture in Sevilla. The composition works. It is not a very clear image but it suggest cloth, femininity, and grapes (all framed under an arch and two suggestions of columns.

There are other images that did’nt work so well. Some because they had to much paint and felt to heavy for my theme. Other images turned out to be too vulgar or “esplicit” so I made sure I did’nt include them in this project. I learnt there is a fine line inbetween depicting femininity in a drawing and pornografy. I wanted to keep this assigment classy and femininine not “brassy” or “cheap” so for those reasons I will not be sharing those images.

My next step is to collate all these images together. Develop the images that have potential to be transformed into mono-prints and lino cuttings and then come up with a surface print that depics all of my research and studies of ‘female form through an artist view’

on to part six Prototype/maquette-making …