Project 1 Emo: My lines are such feels

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So, for the Assignment 1; My Line is Emo, my 18 emotions that I have chosen for this assignment are listed here .

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Mindmap of my emotions sorted with Positive & Negative emotions

 

Research:

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Research on Artists; (Left to right) Hilma Af Clint, Rex Ray, Emma Kunz
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Research on Artists; Julie Mehrutu, Agnes Maria, Cy Twombly
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Andy Warhol (His shadows), Franz Kline, more on Cy Twombly (His drawings)
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Rorschach; with my own replications

For research, I checked out all the contemporary artists listed in the Assignment brief. And the main new found favorite artists of mine were Julie Mehrutu and Cy Twombly. I was very interested on how the end products they have and how they did it as it was very distinct. Julie Mehrutu made use of lines on her paintings and paints, and the directions of her lines while Cy Twombly made use of strokes and how they scribbles were full of energy and generate emotions.

This had a very Julie Mehrutu feel to me
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While this was made from the splatters of one of my plants

Explorations

So I’ve kept them in mind more when I started on my explorations during in class when we had our first time in the studio bringing our mark-making materials and using the block paints, lino cuts, and simply exploring how they did their techniques and how they go about it.

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Use of comb and looking like Julie Mehrutu’s work

I made use of my comb from EC CUT (finally! haha) and tried it on the newsprint, keeping Julie Mehrutu in mind. Then I played along with strokes made with the plants I have and they were mostly filled up my news prints as they were a good mark-making tool. Both for splattering, as a brush, and even for its own textures.

There were many techniques explored like lino cuts however, I kept both mark-making tools in mind as they were durable, do-able and it was the most aesthetic and remarkable when I look back on it.

Process

Memory Drawing was the basis for the Affection which made me wanna use it as unconsciously drew a heart shape
Memory Drawing was the basis for the Affection which made me wanna use it as unconsciously drew a heart shape

In my process, I took the Memory Drawing as the starting point for every emotion I will do along the list. And if it shapes out to something very interesting that I could pick up from I would continue with that. I did mostly Memory Drawing as the basis for my work therefore it was something very personal to me however for other emotions that I felt I wanted to explore on before such as Psychotic was something I had to research more on and how people do away with how does someone feeling psycho would feel.

There were some particularly like Distracted & Awkward that I didn’t do Memory Drawing too. I felt that I should feel the emotions on the spot. So, I made that possible by watching Youtube videos. I was Distracted by watching videos and keeping my focus on the videos that what i was drawing on the paper, then for Awkward, I watched one of my favorite Youtubers who was known to be awkward in social situations –which made me feel the awkward through from the screen hahaha .

By the first 9 emotions, I realized it was easier for me to express positive emotions than the negative emotions. This made me realize I was brought up in a very loved environment which made me appreciated my family more and also that I had a very optimistic view in things. It was hard to express the negative emotions as I realized from the Memory Drawings that I had that they always looked the similar and there wasn’t much of a variety.

Therefore I did more research when it comes to negative emotions than positive emotions in which I had a clear plan when I thought of the emotion already.

I also realized that I was a very visual person in which I connect words with symbols, the memory and observations I had then, the object/person I relate it with and even the colour it could represent. For example, Passion to me was the colour red which I had to find out how to translate that strong energy and vibrancy in black and white therefore, making me focus more on the energy it brings.

The difficulty I felt through this process was trying not to imitate the Artists’ I’ve researched styles as I wanted to create my own style. It was also why I started with Memory Drawing too as it was more something I can come forward saying that I made that piece entirely and not because I copied Julie Mehrutu’s abstract lines and that it felt like Cy Twombly on my final result but, it felt like the emotions I had whenever I look back on it. So, I had a very strong connection to what the visual representations of my emotions were because I can say there were mine laughing

Final Project

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Here are my final pieces and I am very proud of them 🙂 I explored more on the textures and layers only at the last part when I look back at them and felt like they needed something extra.

I’m glad I explored on the media I was comfortable in such as paint, calligraphy pens and pencils and also the exploration of texture and how it feels as it’s own piece. I would always refer to my family members and ask them what feeling it would be. And if it were about the same feelings, I feel like I’ve translated the feelings across visually properly.

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Amazed; Drawn in pen and inspired by how beautifully intricate nature God made to me
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Affection; Drawn in pencil whereby my Memory Drawing revealed a heart and decided to keep it
Distracted; Texture was made through the work of a palette knife in which it could mix well with a sharp direction
Distracted; Texture was made through the work of a palette knife in which it could mix well with a sharp direction

In the end of this project, I think my emotions are emotionally extracted

Cheerfulness; Texture was done with the end of a brush and that it creates a sharp and controlled stroke
Cheerfulness; Texture was done with the end of a brush and that it creates a sharp and controlled stroke

and are all mounted as I feel emotionally drained at the end of it hahahaha . However, this made me able to learn myself more in knowing how to express my negative emotions and also that the abstract painters do put in a lot of effort into their art which makes me more appreciative towards them.

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