As our third week in the program is in it’s final hour, I am reflecting on several of my failures so far. Until this week, we had been learning about expectations, tools, and experimenting with research to see what works. Now that I have a foundation for what we ought to be doing, its possible to discern where I’ve gone wrong. I think it’s helpful to do some reflecting on what went sideways in order to, hopefully, correct course a bit for this week.
As I sat down to write this blog post, I was embarrassed to discover that the post I wrote last week had not been published, only saved. Arg! What a rookie mistake. At least the blog post was appropriately titled “The Struggle is in the Details.” It is my objective to become more organized and meticulous over the course of this program. I think that I currently lack the mental checklist for what’s important and I hope that will develop over time as I practice and notice my mistakes. Publishing blog post and checking how it looks – check!
In our Studio Foundations class yesterday, Pat Marsh elucidated expectations for how work is to be presented. I have always treated drawing as a means to develop my own skill, and usually ignored presentation. My work is a bit messy, with several sketches to a page no regard to composition if I am just practicing sketching. I haphazardly label pages and draw on anything, which means I have handed in ripped paper. It hit me today that presentation of work is just as important as what’s on the page when you’re trying to communicate an idea. I’ll work on developing a neater labelling method and create more full-page sketches, while considering composition on practice pages. Below are a few sketches from our 2-point perspective assignment.
Moving forward, I’ll keep working towards increasing the quality of presentation for everything I create.