Quentin Blake 5/5
Quentin Blake was probably one of the first illustrator I became aware of as a child, reading Roal Dahl’s books. For his lasting contribution as a children’s illustrator he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2002, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books.
William Hogarth’s A Harlots Progress (1732) 4/5
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A Harlots Progress by William Hogarth was originally a series of six oil paintings (1731, destroyed in a fire in 1755) these were the first of what Hogarth called his ‘modern moral subjects’. In 1732 Hogarth created etchings of these paintings and printed a great number of them which he sold to the masses.
The six prints chart the miserable fate of a young woman named M or Moll Hackabout on her arrival in the city from the country looking for work. Moll picked up by a brothel mother for the pleasure of a perverted aristocrat where she then descends through a series of increasingly tragic events that Hogarth traces out remorselessly from start to end: her passing into hands of a rich Jewish man who she then betrays with a younger suitor, her career as a common prostitute, her subsequent arrest for practising her trade where she is sent to Bridewall Prison, and finally her undignified death from venereal disease. Her coffin confirms her age as 23.
The series was originally developed from the third scene: Hogarth already having painted a prostitute in her apartment on Drury Lane, which at the time was one of the worst slums in London, famous for its prostitution and gin palaces, and then decided on creating scenes from her earlier and later life.
Hogarth was born in 1697 and grew up in the middle class where his time spent drawing the many people he saw on the street undoubtedly lead to his fascination with the moral and immoral behaviour of the people of the 18th century. Moll’s arrest and imprisonment in the story could have been influenced by Hogarth’s own father’s time spent at Fleet Prison for a time during his childhood, his father spending five years there for unpaid debts.
Chris Ware - Building Stories (2012) 3/5
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Chris Ware’s Building Stories is told through over 200 pages spread out over 14 different books, newspapers, pamphlets and posters of different sizes, Ware’s comic depicts the multidimensional story of the life and times of inhabitants of a Chicago apartment building.
On the ground floor of the building lives the old spinster who owns it, and it has been her home for entire life. Inherited by her parents, the building became her responsibility, as well as caring for her sick mother, which eventually held her back from ever marrying or having a family of her own.
Above her in the middle apartment is a young couple who have come to hate each other, the boyfriend works nights to avoid his girlfriend, whose weight gain disgusts him, and arguments and insults seeping through the ceiling above to the top floor which is rented by a young, single art student. It’s this woman, who has her leg below the knee amputated, and all the time in the world to worry and obsess over her past, that you feel Ware’s real interest lies.
Ware was born in Nebraska in 1967 and later moved to Chicago, his earliest comic strips appearing in the late 1980’s. Since then he has published the award-winning comic, the Acme Novelty Library. In 2001, his graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth won the Guardian First Book Award, among others. Building Stories is his newest piece of work.
Gemma Correll 2/5
Correll is and illustrator and cartoonist, who has recently had a surge in recognition and popularity. I connect a lot with her simplistic drawing style as well as the content of her cartoons. The humour is self depreciating and revolves a lot around cats, she puts a lot of her personal experiences into her work.
Tom Gauld 1/5
Gauld lives in London and draws weekly cartoons for the Guardian Newspaper, as well as his own projects such as Goliath. I think Gauld was one of the first illustrators I really latched onto when I was younger, as someone to aspire to be like. His infographics above of ‘characters from an epic tale’ are simple but theres also something eye-catching about them. Once you look, you can’t stop looking. He’s definitely rubbed off on me.
My final series of prints for Pro Con. Really pleased with how they turned out and I have lots left over to put up on my walls.
Manchester Communication Academy Interview Day
I applied for the placement at the school in the hopes of being offered a paid placement for 10 weeks. The teachers we spoke to outlines what they wanted from us: a 20 minute workshop we would do with around 30 students, teaching 4 at a time.
The interview day consisted of a group task between all the applicants, 20 minutes each with 4 students and finally a one-on-one interview.
I had planned to do a blotted line technique with the students which I had been experimenting with for some time. But we were rather poorly informed on the ages of the students we would be teaching. I was under the impression we would have year 11 students, but ended up with year 8’s. I think the workshop was a bit too complicated for them and all the students were at different ability levels. I wasn’t really prepared for these changes, and would have thought of something more suitable for younger children if I’d have known.
I tried to be upbeat and encouraging towards the students but they were clearly ill-informed about what was going to happen and I don’t think the teachers really knew what was going on either. I felt slightly annoyed, as if i was taking the time to reach out to people who weren’t really interested.
Overall, I spent most of the day sitting around speaking to the other applicants, who I learnt quite a lot off. Its wasn’t a complete waste of time but I definitely felt as though teaching was not for me.
Some experiments as I went through the screen printing process. These are mostly ones that went wrong, but there were a lot of successful ones as well.
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I was very keen to do print because I didn’t really enjoy web or motion last year. I found that the things I was taught, while interesting and undeniably helpful, were the complete opposite of what I wanted to do. It didn’t help that everyone was on different skill levels and I struggled a lot.
So having the option of choosing print was refreshing. A sketchbook filled filled with ideas and thoughts and things around me? I couldn’t understand why we weren’t offered this module in second year. The theme allowed us to draw anything we wanted and it was an occasional struggle to narrow things down, when I wasn’t sure where I wanted this module to take me or what I wanted from it.
My knee-jerk reaction, as always I’m finding, was to draw lots of cats. I don’t really know why its my default but I just went with it. I really enjoyed learning about all the different ring processes, lino being the one I found most satisfying. But I felt my sketchbook started to look a bit silly and I was drawing a miss match of everything, so I had a long think about what I’d like to draw a lot of.
I settled on buildings because its one of the things that attracted me to Manchester in the first place, all the beautiful old stone carved architecture, mixing with new modern steel and glass structures. I also collect photos of buildings, from places I’ve visited, so I had plenty of research material to draw and look more closely at.
My final piece came about through Rob showing me the blotted line technique and then me becoming slightly obsessed with it, finding the perfect paper to use as well as buying lots of ink and pens to try out.
This was just me casually exploring a technique and then I found it tied nicely into this project when I tried it out on some buildings from my sketchbook. The final three images I chose have no real rhyme or reason to them, they are just my three favourites. A Castle in Scotland I visited with my dad before his heart attack and long stay in hospital, a derelict post office near Manchester Victoria I’d walked past a hundred times but never really looked at, and the Printworks, also in Manchester, just because I really like the building and the neon lights at night.
After achieving the blotted lines for each of these buildings, I wasn’t really sure what to do with them. I wasn’t thrilled at the idea of learning how to screen print a few weeks before a hand in, not to mentioned I created so much work for myself by wanting to add another colour, but in the end I’m actually quite pleased with how they turned out. Some of the black ink didn’t sit on top of the colours very well, but as a set, I think they’re really nice together.
If I were to do this project again, I think the only thing I’d change is trying harder in the beginning to find a theme to really get into, but overall, I think its turned out quite well. I like my sketchbooks, even if I did completely change ideas halfway through term from cats to buildings, but its nice to see the journey I’ve taken with this project and where I’ve ended up.
Pictures from ‘Gallery in the Gardens’ at Buxton Pavillion. Some really pretty paintings for sale, as well as sculptures and crafts.