After talking to my tutor Dwayne about what I'll be doing for both projects, I set to work.
I've already made a start on them. What I did first after doing some research on a lot of artist, I wanted to learn and what I could use to help out. I start with taking some photos around my bedroom, kitchen and outside my house then I go onto some walks and run (for some exercise), and taking some more photos of the place I've been around Carlisle. I've been marking a map of where I went in every walk/run to show not only how empty Carlisle is due to coronavirus lockdown, but to if there's any change for everything going back to normal. There were some people going about in the city centre one time, but earlier it was so dead empty and quiet (including the Lancs shopping centre), whereas parks, public footpaths and the Hadrian's Wall has been people with kids, families and their dogs running about.
This is what has been happening, when people are in lockdown of coronavirus.
I've been told by Dwayne, that I don't need to put too much writing or it needs to be type writing when creating the pages, I could just mainly drawing in several types of fonts and place them over the drawing. I'll work on something when creating the pages. With this being told I got to work on a few pages I ideas with the title of Carlisle Living magazine. The idea for the final design of an article for a local magazine is placing an image or picture of a street park, city etc... an area of what it was like before the lockdown with a drawing or two I've done during the lockdown next to the picture. With that will be the name of the area, words of before and during COVID-19 and the date of when I did the drawing to show how much has changed from the coronavirus. And in each page will have a quote from the notes I've written for this project. I went through each of these designs from the ideas, I've drawn out, I may add or change of few words to help make it a lot better and clearer for people to see and read, but I'll be doing that towards the ends of the project. The last design seemed to go a lot better, because the writing doesn't take too much space and there's not a lot of it through each page.
Maps of my Travels around Carlisle
From every route of a walk or run I've taken, I saw how quiet it can where everyone is forced to be isolated from a bad virus. With everything closed down and staying in their homes all the time, there was nothing to do but wait for cases of anyone having coronavirus go down and safe to come outside into the city again.
Photos of where I've been in Carlisle
Before doing any artwork similar to some of the artists I've researched for this project I took some pictures of how empty Carlisle was during COVID-19 (Starting from my home and building from street to street, towards the national trust trail and to the city centre), like a photographer giving the new report.
Artwork in the Artist's Style
Artwork in David Gentlemen and Lucinda Rogers' style
Starting a little reportage artwork around my house and bedroom, is good practice, before going out around Carlisle. From both artists I created my artwork in a mixture watercolour paint and colouring pen, and taking a picture of where it's been and done at, so that it won't be confusing as to what the drawing is because sometime seeing picture in close-up can be confusing to what the subject is at a very close range.
Artwork in Leonardo da Vinci's style
After doing a little practice, I get to work on Leonardo da Vinci's art style. To make the artwork almost ancient like he did, I use some coffee to stain the paper and some light and dark brown watercolour paint, and then drawing of the places I've been are done in both, drawing pen and colouring pen and pencil. All of that to see the effect in my own art skills and some of it went really well, this is something I might use to creating my a little article about lockdown of coronavirus.
Artwork in Charles Keeping and Paul Hogarth's style
Working on the style of these two artists was slightly longer than I thought but have learnt one or two things while doing these drawings. The line-marking from Charles Keeping looks like continuous drawing in details of both character and object, from my own artwork I've done something similar into some buildings around city centre and university in Carlisle. And in the artwork of Paul Hogarth, there is more of watercolour paint then with any pen or pencil markings being done in, so in my own artwork, I did a little mixture of both to get better detail and visibility of the places I've been.
Writing Notes for the Article Design
Developing the First Article Designs
Creating an illustrated article for a local magazine is slightly more difficult to work on, while setting the drawings, photos and writing in place. It's going to take a lot of work to try and get it right.
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