I realised the rest of my final illustrations from last semester haven’t been posted on here. So here they are! This is not the last time you will be seeing them as they will be a part of my book I have to produce for my exhibition show! I also want to re-do Bazyliszek.. considering i only did that one over night I think giving it a bit more time and making it larger would make a brilliant final piece for the exhibition!
Legends illustrated here are Bazyliszek, a legend about a dragon that hatched from a chcken’s egg, hiding in the dungeons of Kraków it guarded a treasure changing anybody who tried to steal it to stone!
The men and an eagle is a continuance of Lech, Czech and Rus legend I wrote about in my earlier post. In these illustrations they find the tree with the white eagle. Rus reaches out for his bow to kill the eagle but Lech sees it as a sign to stay and establish his land, the village (Lechia) and people (Lechiatanie) was named after him. Today it’s Polska and Polacy.
I admit! I have been rarely posting on here as I am buried in work. Second semester is packed with so much responsibilities for me it is hard to get my head round it. I am currently doing an Art History module where I am curating 3 objects for an exhibition! Very exciting stuff. Me and my other peers have to respond to a theme ‘Alternative Facts’ and write labels, panels etc for pieces from the School of Art Collection. The exhibition opens in May and everything has to be done by then!
I am also still powering on with my SUPER ambitious illustration! This semester we have to produce a book AND set up our own exhibition with the works we developed over the semester. So much stress and work, so little time!
Because of that I often loose interest in my project, and drift off to my random ideas to draw something completely irrelevant. Sometimes it’s something that will give me some more control over a medium I haven’t used before or a medium I haven’t used in a while. Doing so gives me a fresh look and inspiration towards my project… surprisingly! It all goes back to Uni work in the end!
It is important to me because sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we are good artists, that we have our own creativity and we know how to bounce off a certain project.
With these illustrations I was hoping to find out if I am any good with crayons and colour! Brought myself a very nice colour pencils set and I think I’m rocking it. I often consider using colour in my final illustrations, but I don’t think colour pencils would be a good choice with ink.
I was also practising my ability to control ink! It was really fun to do but so, so fiddly. And messy.. The drawing is of a photograph of a bronze sculpture I took in Cardiff. It was easy to identify the tone on it and how the face reflects light. I needed this exercise to broaden and improve the way I draw and shade faces and it allowed me to feel comfortable with ink.
First semester almost swiped out the way, only the assessment left on the checklist. With second semester lurking round the corner I thought about sharing another final piece for the Polish Folk Legends Illustration project I have been working on so far. I will carry on developing this project until my final exhibition… and probably carry on after that too.
This piece is an A3 fine-liner stippling where I carried on with my tutors advice and worked with tone rather than lines. It presents 3 brothers from a Slavic tribe, Lech (right) Czech (middle) and Rus (left). They are walking through a thick forest with their people in order to find new land. I wanted to show individual personalities of three men as they are often described in the legends. Lech was kindhearted and joyful, Czech was bright and clever and Rus was described as quiet.
With this illustration I wanted to bring out the importance of the men, by going lighter the closer I come to the figures I made them stand out from the composition. Although i feel like the tone should be darker in certain areas and I should practise more on that in the future. I believe sooner or later i would like to try colour in some areas of the illustration.
I have finally completed yet another piece. It’s getting there although I wish I could work faster.
In this illustration Wars and Sawa are already married and she can finally jump in his arms wrapping herself around him while kissing passionately. Her tail disappeared magically as she married a human, as it happens with every Siren you’d probably ever hear of. They live happily ever after, surrounded by people who respect them. Not long until a large village grew around their house.
In this drawing I have worked with tone rather than putting lines first. I have built the drawing from adding more and more layers, then I have used white ink for the first time and highlighted or adjusted areas that should of been a bit brighter. Then finally in the end I have added outlines to bring out some details. I believe there is an improvement from the last piece I have done for this legend although I don’t think I maintained it as controlled.
I have finally completed this A3 monster of a piece. It has taken me way too long although I can pinpoint the style and technique I want to go for the remaining pieces. It can only go downhill now! …Hopefully.
Explaining the legend I based this illustration briefly:
Wars and Sawa is a Polish folk legend that describes how the Capital of Poland has emerged. It is a love story between a fisherman and a siren living in the biggest polish river Vistula, they fall in love and when they marry the tail changes into legs. Wars and Sawa lived together next to the river with many people joining them creating a village of fishermen that was then called Warszawa (Warsaw), after Wars’s and Sawa’s remembrance.
6 hour drawing from life.
Surprised the drawing came out so well considering the models muscular body! It was extremely hard to draw.
I am proud of this drawing not only because I can certainly see so much improvement but also for the first time ever my tutor has stated that I have in fact ‘nailed it’. moment to remember 🙂
I am super thrilled as I am finally specialising! I have picked Illustration as my final creative module in Fine Art. It is such creativity feeder for me where I can adapt any brief to my own experience, style and ideas. So far I have been researching and doing bits and bobs toward my project where I am planning on illustrating the beauty and richness of my origin, Poland. I will do this by depicting a couple of most popular and beautiful Polish folk legends.
This is what I have so far, excluding the research.