Observational drawing-self portrait

As part of a Unit 5: Identity theme are college group are taught by three different tutors each tutor having their own little brief and towards the end of the unit everybody will have produced several final pieces.

A couple of weeks back are tutor Darren(who teaches us on a Monday) told us that we will produce an Observation full body self-portrait from looking from a mirror. To be completely honest I was absolutely terrified of doing this task I had never properly drawn a full body self-portrait and to do it out of charcoal. I very much like planning my pieces out before going straight into a task so this was a new for me.

Starting of we had to stick to pieces of A3 to each other to make sure there was enough room to fit yourself and your surrounding. After doing so I didn’t have the best luck in the lesson first off I tried to hang my mirror to the wall and it dropped to the floor immediately  causing it to smash. This made me think is this a sign that today isn’t my day which I believe so. At the time of doing this task I also had the January cold causing my mood to be a little bit down, But I pushed through and just carried on…


(This isn’t the picture of the end result of my piece. It before i did the background and i will update the blog post when i take the picture of my finished product)

I’m pretty happy with the outcome of the piece do it be my first time doing self-portrait and that it’s on the rather large-scale, which I’m not really a fan off doing because I tend to create quite small, detailed pieces but I’m glad that Darren pushed the class to work on the larger scale.It will help me develop my sketching skills and also to experiment more with doing piece in different size and techniques.

One thing I would do if i would be doing the task again is to try to be more loose and not be to stiff with my mark making and more.




Introduction into Unit 5: Identity

Over the Christmas break we were given three briefs to ease are way into are new theme, we will be doing in class over the next upcoming weeks.

Are first brief was given to us by Darren which will be focusing on observational drawing. Which to be completely honest I’m a little apprehensive about but also I know it will be good to improve on my drawing from life and maybe not from a picture what I usually do. The first task given by Darren we were asked think of 10 words or phrases that important to describing our identity.

I decided to approach this task by googling the mean of identity…Here is my sketchbook entry. After googling I found two meanings to the word which I found it quite interesting , how identity doesn’t just define what makes you who you are but how you are defined as an upcoming artist.

And here is my sketchbook entry of the 10 words. I decided to create a simple mind map which I’m still working on it. I found this task a little difficult with coming up with the right words to describe me. I made sure not to be too negative.

The other task are class was given, create a monotone self-portrait. I was immediately terrified by this task because I really struggle with drawing faces and people but college is all about improving and broadening my skills. my self-portrait, I’m quite happy with this sketchbook entry I did struggle with trying to get the proportions right but I think I did pretty well. Maybe next time I would work on the background and the hair.

I will be documenting throughout the identity unit on this blog 🙂

My finished transcription piece- Pablo Picasso Woman at the window

Yesterday we were given all day to complete are A1 transcription piece. Here is a photo graph taken of my transcription piece

For this piece, I was unsure about what media to use as the piece I had chosen was a print and I felt like from the previous print I had done of Picasso work didn’t give the finish I wanted. I eventually came to the discussion that I was going to mix using oil pastels, chalk, charcoal, white paint, off white paint and pencil…

To begin with I painted the A1 piece of paper with the off white and white paint to create an oldish looking effect to the paper. I decided to do a rough sketch up on the paper the outline of my idea (my dad drawn from three different angles.) I then went in with oil pastels to create the thick black lines the same style as Picasso used in the pieces blending the off white background and the black oil pastels with chalk it got rid of the sharpness of the white, I saw how blending these two materials together revealed a ribbed texture of the paper which was a nice surprised, still keeping peeks of white beaming through the black like what was done in Picasso’s pieces. After adding the black,grey and white I felt like something was missing… before creating the A1 pieces I created three mini versions of the pieces each slightly different from the each other. I tested colour with the three ‘mini versions’ of the A1 pieces and i liked the bold red colour i used but i felt it would have been slightly to extreme to create the full A1 in red. I thought the splash of red colour was the thing i was missing in the pieces, adding the red to the main points of the pieces.  I’m pretty with the outcome of the pieces, I maybe should have add more to the background due to the way i feel like it’s missing something, I’m going to consider this and maybe i will continue to develop this in the near future.

I asked my dad what his view of the pieces was and he just smiled and laughed so I take that as he liked it 🙂

Exciting Upcoming artist- Artistiaid Cyffroes y Dyfodol

For today’s task we were asked to team up in pairs and to interview each-other. I was lucky to enough to get to interview young and inspiring welsh artists, Erin Williams

Together we came up with 8 different questions to ask each other. Here is the interview:

Hello Erin im grateful that you agreed to take part in this interview. The first question What sparked your interest in art? (Beth a danios each diddordeb mewn celf?)

Well, cychwynnodd fy diddordeb mewn celf yn nol yn mlwyddyn 3, am fy mod wedi cael athrawes celf anhygol or ene Mrs Parry, dysgais llawer iawn ganddi fel ddim i fod yn  ovn i drion pethau a deunyddiau newydd. Roedden ni’n creu llawer o waith 3D efo athro amcan y dasg oedd bod mor ddychmygol â meddwl allan o’r bocs oeddan ni yn gelly fod.Efo Mrs Parry creuon ni hunan portread i anfon i griw celf.Rwyf yn ddiolchgar iawn i Mrs Parry

Pa ddeunyddiau ydych chi’n hoffi gweithio efo? (Which material do you prefer working with?)

I fod yn hollol onest rwyf yn hoff o bob mathau o ddeunyddiau gwahanol. Ond os dwi’n gorfod dewis un gweithio efo deunyddiau 3D yw’r un rwyf yn mynd i ddewis. Rwyf yn hoff o ddefnyddio pinnau ffelt enw ‘pro markers’ i greu darluniadau o bobl neu anifeiliaid, rwy’n hoff iawn o allu cymysgu tonyddiaeth rhwng lliwiau gwahanol, creu cysgodion a chreu lluniau realistig ond hefyd yn semi abstract



Here is a picture of Erin’s 3D work


Beth yw eich cefndir? (What is your background?)

Rwyf wedi byw yng Nghriccieth er 2008-am drost 10 mlynedd. Yn ysgol gynradd roedd fy ffrindiau a fi yn chwarae gemau siop trwsio dilladac.Rwyf wedi gweithion chaled iawn i fod yn berson rwyf ydw heddiw.Rwyf wedi cyferbyn problemau dysgyu. Roedd darllen a mathemateg yn anodd roedd rhaid i mi gael llawer o wersi ychwanegol i helpu gyda hyn. Dwedodd yr athrawes ym mlwyddyn 2 efallai fy mod yn dioddef o anabledd o’r enw discalculia gan fy mod yn cario blaen i ysgrifennu mewn ffordd anghywir ac yn cael trafferth i gyfri ôl o 13 ar bapur. Ond ers hynny, ar ôl dderbyn fy tgau o’r 23 Awst 2018 nesi i basio Saesneg a Mathemateg gyda B a C. Mae nain cofio nol i’r adeg lle roeddwn yn cael trafferth i ddarllen ac mae hi bob amser yn atgoffa beth dwedais wrthi dwi byth give up nain



Beth yw eich hoff waith celf ac oes yna unrhyw waith celf sydd wedi ysbrydoli neu wedi eich dylanwadu? (What is your favourite art piece and is there any piece of work by other artists that inspire you?

Starry Night gan Vincent van Gogh oedd fy ysbrydoliaeth fwyaf pan oeddwn i’n ifanc. Roedd yna gymaint o donyddiaeth a lliwiau gwahanol wedi ei ddefnyddio yn gweithio’n llwyddiannus efo’i gilydd.





Here is Erin’s felting pieces

Sut ydych chi’n teimlo am gymdeithas celf a chrefft yng Ngogledd Cymru? Ydych chi’n credu bod yna ddigon o gyfleoedd o waith yw gal yma? (How do you feel about the art community in wales, do you think there is enough opportunity?) 

Dwi ddim yn meddwl fod yna llawer o gyfleoedd i Gymru dwi’n meddwl fod rhaid symud o leiaf i Gaerdydd i gael cyfle da. Mae yna lawer o artistiaid yng ngogledd Cymru, ond y broblem ydi bod gwaith yn rili anodd yw ffeindio.

Pa fath o sgiliau,themau neu dechnegau ydych chi eisiau yw datblygu yn y dyfodol? (Which skills, themes or techniques do you want to develop in the near future?) 

Rwyf eisiau datblygu ar fy sgiliau graffeg. Dwi’n mwynhau gwneud gwaith ar y cyfrifiadur ond mae photoshop yn un anodd ei ddefnyddio.

Here is a link to Erin’s blog: https://wordpress.com/post/blogcelfadylunioerin.wordpress.com/179