The next project I went to was named “Old School”. I was asked to do work on some tasks of art skills. These are the tasks we are asked to do…
Two weeks of exciting and challenging manual tasks where only perfection is good enough!
Tasks 18-21 should be started immediately and progressed while you are working on the shorter exercises. As time management and organization are just as important as creativity it is crucial you complete all the tasks within the allocated two-week period.
TASK ONE (30 minutes):
Create an A5, portrait format, saddle-stitched book. It should contain 20 pages of white paper. The cover should be made of a thin, coloured card. The front should feature a decorative motif of four, 5mm diameter holes cut through to reveal the white page below. The holes should run vertically along the right-hand edge: inset by 12-14mm (hole centres) with a spacing between each hole of 40.5mm (centre to centre). Any page creep should be carefully trimmed.
TASK TWO (60 minutes):
Create an A5, landscape format, stab-stitched book. It should contain 12 sheets of A5 paper and 2 sheets of thin, A5 card to act as a cover. The holes for stitching should be placed at 15mm and 10mm from the left-hand edge. The interior sheets should have a cut, decorative motif achieved as follows: Sheet one contains a 50mm square hole (centered at 95mm from the right-hand edge and 74 mm from the top edge). All subsequent sheets (apart from the last) should also feature a square hole that uses the same centre as above but diminishes in increments of 4mm per sheet (i.e. 46mm sheet two, 42mm sheet three. Any page creep should be carefully trimmed.
TASK THREE (45 Minutes):
Create an A5, landscape format, perfect bound book. The cover should be made from a thin card. The spine should be at least 5mm wide. The first 20 pages should be vertically perforated 50mm from the right- hand edge. The final two pages should fold out (by an additional 40mm). Any page creep should be carefully trimmed.
TASK FOUR (10 minutes):
Window mount a postcard behind an A4 sheet of mounting card. The mount should be hinged to a backboard.
The hole should be cut with a 45-degree bevel.
TASK FIVE (10 minutes):
Surface mount six postcards (all in the same orientation) on a mid-grey sheet of thin card
TASK SIX (10 minutes):
Using a pen draw the outline of a perfect, 47 mm square in the middle of a sheet of A4 layout paper. This should be presented in pristine condition, the only marks on the paper being the ink outline of the square.
TASK SEVEN (10 minutes):
Take an A4 piece of thin card. Using a compass draw a circle with a 50 mm radius, centered on the sheet. Using a scalpel or craft knife cut out a perfect circle. Both pieces should be retained and presented. The curve should be continuous and smooth (no corners)!
TASK EIGHT (20 minutes):
Emboss a circle, square and equilateral triangle onto a sheet of white, A4 cartridge paper. The shapes should be 45mm high, share a baseline and be centered (landscape) on the sheet.
TASK NINE (30 minutes):
Cut the word SHOP out of black paper and mount it on an A3 sheet of white cartridge paper. The word should be set in uppercase letters 90mm high, be carefully spaced (kerned) and sit on a common baseline. You should use the font Rockwell Extra Bold. As with all the tasks, no glue or construction marks should be visible.
The Third Dimension
TASK TEN (30 minutes):
Using thick paper/thin card, create a perfect, white cube. Each side of the cube should be 90mm long.
TASK ELEVEN (60 minutes):
Using black, thick paper/thin card create a three-dimensional capital letter ‘R’. You should use Rockwell Extra Bold and the letter should be 150mm high and 40mm deep. It should appear solid when viewed from any direction like this…
TASK TWELVE (10 minutes):
Create a full-size; first angle orthographic projection of your 3D letter R. All construction lines should be in pencil with the actual projection rendered in black ink.
TASK THIRTEEN (10 minutes):
Create a full-size oblique projection of your 3D letter R. All construction lines should be in pencil with the actual projection rendered in black ink.
TASK FOURTEEN (10 minutes):
Create a full-size isometric projection of your 3D letter R. All construction lines should be in pencil with the actual projection rendered in black ink.
Colour and Tone
TASK FIFTEEN (90 minutes):
On a stretched sheet of A3 cartridge paper, using red, blue and yellow paint create a colour wheel that looks like the one to the right (omit the text). The diameter of the wheel should be 200mm.
TASK SIXTEEN (30 minutes):
On the same sheet of stretched cartridge paper and using black and white paint, create a sixteen step Grey Scale that looks like this >>> Dimensions: 240mm high X 50mm wide
TASK SEVENTEEN (30 minutes):
Using the same format as above, select one of the secondary colours you mixed earlier and position it in its correct position on the Grey Scale. Now create a tone scale for the colour by adding black to darken it and white to lighten. The scale should be positioned 15mm to the right of the Grey Scale. When complete, each step should be tonally identical to each of theGrey Scale steps that lay along side. Squint your eyes to accurately judge tone! A Parting of the Ways…
Tasks for Illustration Students
TASK EIGHTEEN (60 minutes):
This portrait of a Breton boy by Henry Lamb is a pencil drawing on cartridge paper. You are asked to make an accurate copy of it using the appropriate grades of pencil – as with all these tasks you can base it on a tracing. The drawing should be approximately 150mm mm high.
TASK NINETEEN (2 hours):
This is a dip pen and ink illustration by Mervyn Peake. Make an accurate copy of it using the original media and techniques. The image size should be approximately 140 mm high.
TASK TWENTY (3 hours):
This is a wood engraving by Clare Leighton. Produce an accurate copy of it using scraperboard. The image should be approximately 180 mm tall. This is a watercolour by Arthur Melville. Reproduce it at the size of 300mm high on stretched watercolour paper.
TASK TWENTYONE (2 hours):
This illustration by Brad Holland is painted in Acrylics on canvas.Paint an accurate copy of it 250mm high.
It took a lot of effort to work on the tasks, sadly I didn't get all the tasks done at the end of the project. But showed my tutors on what I've been working on they told me what I've done was right and wrong, and what should I do to improve.
This project was not just a test of my art skills, but to see what I can do to improve on as well as exploring new art techniques I pretty much enjoyed the progress. I’ve done some good work, but I still need to do some more practise and I need to do a little better. I’m happy with what I got, because I almost thought I was gonna fail the project, but I didn’t, everyone else thought they'd fail too. Instead they got lucky for a pass like me.
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