art · Articles

a review on inktober

This year, I finally remembered to join in on the manic art challenge that is inktober. And by remembered, I mean someone posted on tumblr the day before and I frantically drove to get a new sketchbook to ink in.

Inktober is an art challenge where for 31 days, you have to create 31 sketches in ink.You can use other mediums and of course a range of colours, so long as the main medium is ink.

DSCF1194.JPGAs well as uploading all my final sketches to instagram, I also decided to film all 31 paintings and upload them to youtube which, as I’m still editing all the videos, wasn’t the best idea looking back. I’m seriously behind on editing as it takes so long to compile them together, however I do think that this has allowed me to review my creative process and all the work I had put into the project.

As I’m currently working full time on my gap year before university, I haven’t got a lot of spare time, especially as I’m doing an apprenticeship so I haven’t avoided paperwork! By taking part in inktober I managed to give myself a routine- sketches during my lunch break and finishing off the sketch in the evening. This also meant I had something to focus on in my lunch break adscf1164nd felt more motivated afterwards as I was doing something worthwhile.

I also found that as the days passed I cared less about being ‘perfect.’ I tried out more poses and facial expressions which I might not have if I didn’t draw every day. By making art daily, I felt more confident in my skills and in turn, began to experiment more with what I was creating.

In turn, I also found that I felt more inspired as I was constantly thinking of new ideas and how I could create them on paper, and as the days went on my concepts also got bolder. I wasn’t just drawing faces and the occasional full body sketch, I drew dynamic poses. And as an artist, being able to develop your anatomical skills so that your paintings can get that one step closer to being exactly how you envisioned it in your brain is the best feeling ever.

Granted, most of my drawings used a reference and for my bts wings series which I did for a few days, in celebration of their new album, used their promotional pictures with a twist, I was still improving my skillsdscf1101 by being able to replicate real life subjects so that when I came to draw entirely from scratch later, I could map out facial features just that little bit more accurately.

I have also discovered things about my existing skills that I didn’t know beforehand. For example, I didn’t know that I could paint portraits in monochrome as well as I did when I painted my friend, Rania. And now I’m using that as a focal point for huevember (another art challenge) to further improve this skill. I’ve also discovered a new character in drawing. My sketch for day 10 was of a superhero who I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a story about (another hobby I’ve brushed under the rug for ages ;; ) and by sketching her, ideas about plots and other characters were spun into the web of her concept. And it also serves as a physical reminder, because for me, if I have drawn whilst thinking of a plot, or anything in general, I tend to remember it more.

One final thing that I also realised is that I can draw more difficult poses if I put my mind and hands to it. Take day 18 for example. I know that a person stretching and yawning isn’t really that challenging, but for me it is one that was difficult at first to map out i a way that looked ‘right’ in my mind. By working on it and changing certain elements, not just giving up and going with whatever I had turned out with first time, I managed to create a piece that was more active than my usual passive tendencies. Although the face isdscf1121n’t as expressive as I’d hoped, I still worked hard and I have the opportunity to work on that section at a later point as a redraw, because I know that I have the ability to do so.
In short, inktober has awoken my creative spark and pushed me to further improve my skills in a way that was fun and motivating and left me wanting to continue drawing every day, not wishing for Halloween to come so I could stop drawing.

 

 

fashion · Inspired by

Inspired by…Ikon- My Type

For the second part of the “Inspired by” series, I have chosen to create outfits inspired by the song “My Type” by the band ikon, under the YG Entertainment label. They are a band who I have been following before their debut, through WIN and Mix&Match. These guys have been through a lot to say the least and speaking as a fan, it is amazing to finally see them reaching their goals. Also a quick note to Bobby who’s family have finally been able to move to Korea with him after 3 years! Congrats!


Onto the designs now and this time rather than focusing on key elements, I took a step back and looked at the video style as a whole. There is a strong street-style vibe to the plot, with a soft colour scheme to match the song lyrics. I tried to mimic this through the use of simple patterns and light colours.


The first design has a more preppy feel to it. I took inspiration from the cardigan pictured above and put my own spin on it, sticking to the bold colour block style in the scene. This isn’t one of my favourites as I think more could have been done to make it more interesting and unique. Despite this, I do like the green and white layered shirt.


The next design is one of my favourites. As you can see, layering is a key feature in the music video and is a theme I carried on into my designs. I kept the design simple, with a striped arm for embellishment to keep the minimal street wear style. Distressed shorts gave the design a more casual look to contrast with the long shirt.


The final design is one which is more sporty. I combined two different prints; checks and stripes. This gave the outfit a more thrown on feel and the ripped jeans styled up the tops. For the tshirt, I looked to baseball for my inspiration.



For the next set, I took the features of pinstripes from the video however I changed up how the pattern was used. I used them on a scalloped crop top and pairing with a grey striped shirt and acid wash jeans to create a more dressy outfit in contrast to the others. I like this design as it conveys the lighthearted message of the song.


For the next design I took inspiration from the illustrations on the back wall as well as the colour block junper. I decided to make it into a dress to change up my designs and went for a Jeremy Scott style of clothing with. Bold prints inspired by thebacoground. I did like it at first, however I’m not sure on the design now as I think it doesnt work with the large images.

Lastly, I went with a more simple design with a cropped plain jumper and navy trousers, which are tied together with a patterned shirt I designed taking inspiration from the headscarves. I think that I need to work on my fine detail drawing for this design to look better as it looks a bit boring at the moment. I think maybe a contrast neck or cuffs would have worked to draw more attention to it.

What do you guys think? As always, I’m open to song suggestions for the next post and would love to hear your opinions on this one!

Previous post-> new music

Previous post in the series-> Red Velvet; Dumb Dumb

Check out my art Instagram here for more of my work and here for ikon’s music video!

fashion

Inspired by…Red Velvet- Dumb Dumb

I finally have an idea for some more interesting content! I already have my collection reviews and now, I am starting a new project to help me with my portfolio- Collections inspired by Music videos!

I think this will most likely be a Sunday thing, featuring at least 6 different designs inspired by elements of a music video.

The first music video I chose was the new song by Red Velvet; Dumb Dumb! I adore the style and cute style of the song, as well as the outfits and set. There is a theme of dolls and cuteness which I emulated with full skirts, bows and light colours.

The first outfit was inspired by the outfit pictured above. I spotted a boater theme with the hat and stripes, which I also encorporated into my design, going with a 1900s day out pattern . I also took inspiration from the Lolita fashion trend, with a full, high waisted skirt and thigh-high socks carrying on the striped pattern. The outfit has a relaxed feel with the rolled sleeves and loose braces: it’s definitely my favourite!



The next outfit combines the block print jumpers and oversized bows. I like the over the top cuffs and hems, which I enlarged to give a more manufactured doll feel. I also decorated it with a large bow in a contrast yellow to add to the doll clothes theme. This I accessorised with mismatched socks, also seen in the video.


The final outfit on this page was inspired by a similar outfit as the first, however it featured two different patterns which I also tried out. I liked a complementary colour scheme and tried a different skirt style, choosing a tighter pencil mini skirt instead. I decided to use polka dots for the short as it already had a fifties vibe to it with the frills.



In this set, the first outfit is my least favourite. I think it looks too much like the inspired outfit. Although I tried to alter elements such as changing the sleeves and making it into a crop and bell skirt. I don’t like the style of the skirt however. As it looks a bit like a tomatoe which wasn’t the look I was going for! Overall, it reminds me of the clothing from the Cat in the Hat.


The second outfit I like much better. This also encorporated some inspiration from the colour block jumpers seen in the videos and from the ripped jeans seen in one of the dance segments. I didn’t like the style of them much, but they sparked an idea to muse a boy-fit style with a cute appliqué knee patch like the 80/90s fashion. I really like the curved white hem on the cropped jumper; it was a complete accident but a good one!

 



Lastly, I really love shirt dresses so I decided to mix it with the open sleeve seen in the video. I also added a belt and some bow accessories to complete the look. I also love the pinstripes from the first outfit so I decided to use them again, this time in light pink and white, inspired by the day dress also featured.

what do you guys think? Leave a comment about your favourite outfits from the video, or if you have any tips for my designs! If you have any music videos you’d like me to do next, let me know-They don’t have to be kpop songs either!
Link to the official video; http://youtu.be/774lqxA9v5g

Link to my art instagram;

http://www.instagram.com/mashmato

 

education · tips

Sketchbook tips

As a textiles student myself, and previously an art student too, I know exactly how it feels to be running on a deadline and running low on ideas. It sucks, so I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you get out of the artists’ block and finish your pages before your deadline.gcse textiles sketchbook

  Know what you need to do!
I find that making a list of the things you need to do helps organize my thoughts and it’s pretty satisfying to tick/cross it off when your done! Post-it notes are also handy, especially when it comes to the editing and adding stage. When we were finishing out textiles GCSE coursework folders, our teacher would have post it notes for each page stating what we needed to add in or correct. It seriously helps a lot and is a bit less overwhelming than a list as you can take it one page at a time.
  Know when you need to do it by!
If you know when your next deadline is, you can avoid leaving it all to the last minute and focus on making your pages look carefully thought through and put together, not rushed and carelessly done. You can loose marks if your page looks like you’ve thrown it together aimlessly.
  Make the pages flow!
Especially for the pages which lay next to each other. If you have one page in bright pink and the next in yellow, it won’t look like your thinking about the layout and the project as a whole. Make sure the pages compliment each other and show progression through the project.
  Cut, tear and re-size!
(NOTE: This probably doesn’t apply to GCSE, as usually you work in A3 folders for textiles, and as for art, I’m not sure at all.)
When we started out first project in textiles around 6 weeks ago, out teacher told us to ‘cut into the pages and change the size!’ Needless to say, we were horrified! Why would you do that?! Towards the start of our next project all of us had added pages in, cut them down, and…completely ripped out a few which we got irritated with. It’s best to check with your teacher/lecturer before you do this. Your also told not to rip pages out (“you can work over them and make them better”) but sometimes….its needed.
 Inspiration!
If you really have no clue how to lay out your pages, then search online for examples to inspire you. Here are some of the websites that I use;
 
Textiles Arts (I haven’t actually used this yet, but it looks helpful and it was on the main page for my college)
 
Design Instruct (These sketchbooks are more personal than course work books so there aren’t notes and stuff on the pages, but they drift from the standard layouts so it might help to look at them for inspiration)
  
Pinterest (Pinterest is amazingly good at creating mood boards to collect inspirational images, I practically live on here. If you like it, feel free to stop by my page and follow me, or check out my sketchbook inspiration board!)
Tumblr (Another place to find awesome sketchbook ideas, which I am also on, follow me here if you’d like 😉 )
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Side tips:
  • Colour schemes work well and make your work look aesthetically pleasing
  • Texture can help with bringing a background to life.
  • Play around with positioning your work, try putting it in a corner, at the bottom, ext.
  • Add your own drawings onto the page to explore your samples.
  • Sometimes time away from your work will help you return with a fresh outlook, but don’t procrastinate!