Questioning why and how I do art.

For this post I just want to take some time to question why I do art. Why do I draw? Why do I feel the need to produce lines and forms on paper. For many others, my peers, they started to enjoy art at a young age. Yet, I didn’t really get into art until my late teens. I had previously done art but never enjoyed it due to the fact it was always being judged from parents to teachers and too other peers. It is like when you tell someone to do something while they have already started to do it; it makes you no longer want to do it. Why? I think it is the child inside that does that. Some feel to be an artist you still need to have that childish side of you to produce ‘good’ work.

I feel this is what challenges me within this project. I like to draw for myself than for other people. I like to draw because just the movement relaxes me. I am a very patient person so when I use processes like tracing, etching and simple line drawings and messy sketches have always appealed to me. As long as I do not compare the piece to other peers, I find I can enjoy the process. Yet, I do not like the outcomes. (maybe this could develop into unfinished drawings that show my impatience to making the drawings look good due to the fact they are unfinished meaning the outcome doesn’t have to me good).

Although this questioning does lead me to- what is a ‘good’ piece of art? Is it when some one has a specific theme running throughout a series? Is it the when someone sticks to their own style?

I find it hard to develop my style of work so if I did go and stick with unfinished pieces of work should that be stopping me from developing and challenging myself. Obviously, I need to brush up on my research by talking about artists from the documentary and book of ‘ways of seeing’.

I find it challenging to use processes involving a craft element where you have to create something with 3D . It gets confusing as making work through sculptures and marks on the ground like Richard Long. “Takes drawing into sculpture and draws with fragments of nature”. (ways of seeing ep. 1) takes a lot of skill to see the outcome. It is also due to the fact I get distracted by the process itself as I end up comparing the piece.

So maybe process should be the focus. Looking into etching and repeating. Tracing over that to create something new by taking out sections of that drawing. Making a collage of these.

Again. I come up with many ideas then start it but then I do not develop it further. I struggle with  theme and making sense of what my ideas even are.

Questioning why and how I do art.

The ‘100’

Today we were given the brief for this term which was about questioning how I approach drawing and how the perception of drawing had changed. It will help me understand why we use drawing to communicate.

First we had a discussion on what we did over the summer for our 100 drawings. As I stuck to being monochrome and simply observational my results in comparison to my peers were lacking a style.

We then went on to develop our drawings to change the scale by making a viewfinder.


We then enlarged a section of our drawing that we found interesting which was challenging as my drawings was not very complex. This meant that once enlarged from the viewfinder the results were rather abstract.

We then used ink to redraw the selected part into a A3 drawing. I found it hard to stay with my theme as we was not observing anything yet I feel that a change of theme would be good for this project. I can still use observational drawing as a way of documentation yet not as a single theme for my series of works I will be creating. I enjoyed being able to step back from my theme and create these ink drawings and see how they changed.

Then we selected drawings for display and arrangement. We looked at how the light and dark imagery should contrast together and they all showed a different story linking me to the theme of narrative.

From here I used my scraps of paper to recreate my drawings into a more abstract outcome.

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The ‘100’

Ext. Diploma in Graphic Arts


To start this term off we were given a task to complete over the summer. This involved 100 monochrome drawings with a theme of your choice. I decided to choose the theme ‘observation’ as it is something I love to do and would be doing a lot of it over the holidays. The way people act in situations has always been an interest of mine as well as psychology which is a possible direction for research. I found out there was different types of people- ones that sit by the pool and read, others listen to  music, others that stand by watching people, some are in the pool just swimming and the ones that play water-polo and other games in the water. This task was challenging due to having to question my style of drawing and to understand my reasoning for choosing to observe these people.


I originally wanted to do typography alongside my drawings but felt the task was challenging enough. I struggled to make my drawings diverse so during it I thought about doing my project based on objects we use on holiday, yet that didn’t have enough meaning to me.

From group discussion I found that I view drawing very negatively due to not being great at drawing which I felt is the reason my 100 drawings look mainly rushed and sketched. My drawings were mainly either line drawings or detailed drawings so they looked very similar to eachother. Due to working monochrome I used ink, pencil, charcoal, water colour and sharpie.  I found that ink was the best media to use to achieve the best results due to being able to change the tone and how it can be unpredictable depending on the brush. Also, I tried to use different materials and as I was on holiday there was always napkins available which made some results unpredictable due depending on the media used.


Ext. Diploma in Graphic Arts

Final Evaluation

Asher Foster 1882031872

I started the FMP by thinking about how I could change the perspective of other people in a contemporary culture on their views of nature in a social aspect. My specialism was in analogue graphics however this developed into a more digital specialism through the use of video, sound and layering the use of 2D and 4D.

I began my research by going to my space and documenting through; photographs, video recordings, sound recordings and the gathering of textures. My space is a nature reserve that is a forest with a nearby beach. It used coppicing which is a method of protecting and tidying up a nature reserve. This got me thinking about the layering of branches and how I could use layering in my work. From there I read the book Design as Art by Bruno Munari and was inspired by his quote “To complicate is simple but to simplify is complicated.” This inspired me to start making simple shapes that could lead to enlarged patterns. This introduced me to Margret Berg. She works with simple shapes and colours to create designs. This got me to look at how I can use light colours and to use my simple shapes with this style of working. When I revisited my space I found Grayson Perry’s Dream House. This gave me a new perspective of my space and how someone else would go about using it. Then, I watched a documentary informing me of his vision behind the house and he shown it through storytelling. This helped me go on and create experimental pieces and pop-up experiments with the thought of telling a story of my space with the reason behind that the contemporary culture should be more involved in these spaces. Although, I was introduced to a new documentary called, “My Beautiful Broken Brain”. This documentary used glitches and vibrant splashes of colour to show the experience the girl went through. This was inspired by David Lynch as he worked in directing films such as Twin Peaks Red Room which she was reminded of throughout her experience. This gave me the idea of connecting with my audience through using films and glitches in my work alongside quotes that I asked my peers about their experience of nature. Their views surprised me as they were very positive towards being with nature when in society it has always seen as “uncool” within my age range.

My work began by making experiments through ink based work that was done in my sketchbook. These then developed to wire with the use of line drawings of flowers. However, these were difficult to make as it takes time and is tough to do continuously and quickly. You have to be patient and it was hard to develop further other than using embroidery in relation to Lisa Kokin. Then I started thinking about other ways I could use flowers. So I used spray paint and flowers to create an outline of this using card. Most people had positive reactions to them yet they weren’t giving off the theme of a Sanctuary. I looked at the artist Lynne Avadenka, Avadenka made me think about what I have been most successful with which was typography. So I used the spray paint and created my own typeface. I used keywords that were said in my interviews yet I found that again, the spray paint didn’t give off the impression of a sanctuary. So from there I used ink with type to add colour to my work. This helped me give off the right message I was hoping for. With the typography however, I still wanted to pursue layering which is what got me to make print blocks. Instead of printing them in the print room I wanted to have something that looked fairly free so I used the print blocks with ink on card.

Overall, I wanted to communicate that everyone finds nature calming and relaxing; it shouldn’t be seen as “uncool” and it should be something that is respected. To show this I made a video of Wrabness, sounds of Wrabness, voice recordings of interviews and layering of my work over top. I felt this video was successful at giving my message across due to it being informative and a piece that pulls the audience in. Also, I had a collection of acetate pieces alongside my imagery with a projection overtop that used the same spray paint technique with flowers except I used daisies instead of roses. I got feedback for this which was that they liked the layering and how the text was displayed which was what I was trying to accomplish with this piece. Also, I was given the keywords; relaxing, open, purity and layering; which is what I wanted to accomplish with this. This year I have developed my understanding of graphics and learnt about new methods of working. My first personal project involved typography and a political theme of feminism. This guided my development and my experimentation as I had not explored the print room or type as a form of working. This then helped me with this FMP as I worked with making type into 4D which I wouldn’t have previously approached until now as this involved using moving image which I wasn’t that confident in. Next year, I want to develop my use of typography as it has been my strongest skill that I enjoy using and will allow different ways of presenting my work which would be more interesting visually. The use of moving image was effective towards my audience an further exploration of this work would challenge me further.

Final Evaluation



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11th Week reflection 04/06/2016

Tuesday was spent sowing onto pictures as I wanted to do some experiments relating to Melissa Zexter as she sows into pictures of people and environments. I wanted to use my primary research and incorporate the idea of story telling through using natural shapes (leaves and flowers) to represent nature. Although, if I did the embroidery on images like man-made buildings it would have creates a juxtaposition which would have given off my message a lot clearer. Zexter uses embroidery to emphasise identity and femininity. Whereas I wanted to emphasise how we are rejecting nature through having built up man-made areas to having the need for large nature reserves in selected areas. I found this process challenging and the outcome would have been more effective if the images were lighter so you could see the stitching clearer.

Wednesday I started a video to help with my development which is coming together well. I have added the small videos, sounds of wrabness then I spent this time editing the voice clips and playing with special effects like pitch.  Also, I made experimental pages into acetate pages; with these I want to make a zine book including typography. This would show my analogue experimentation but through a media that can reach my audience of contemporary culture. I changed how I was going to approach my project through this as I originally wanted it to be through an all analogue process with untouched digital. Yet, once I thought about the message I am trying to give off it made more sense to have the analogue in this format. Although, the original message has changed slightly from contemporary culture being against nature and not as connected to it, yet due to interviews I have found that most people react to nature as a peaceful place that they just wouldn’t share with another person.

Thursday I furthered my editing by adding a clip of me walking around wrabness at my feet. Though, this was still bland so I added my experimental work overtop of the video that make the video look like there is a glitch throughout. The glitching video is inspired by my beautiful broken brain. Which was described as David Lynch’s…… lotje sodderland

Experimental work like this:


Saturday I used my block prints and printed with inks to make patterns. I plan to make them into acetate then overlay them onto of primary research images.

Sunday I sowed into pictures and wire into fabric. I found that the pictures took a lot of time and the end result you couldn’t see clearly. Wire into fabric helped

wire into fabric


Finish video by adding title and any extra effects


11th Week reflection 04/06/2016