This is the first project we've been given for our second year. Titled 'Ways of Seeing'.  It is a very vague brief as it's main goal is for us to reflect on how we see everyday things. Taking part in various workshops and trips, we should eventually build a wide range of drawings and designs that encompass how we see the day to day.
Seeing the old as new, familiar as special and bland as exciting, we are meant to just simply draw everyday life but in new perspectives...
These were observational drawings conducted in a Wetherspoons in Nottingham. I decided to use a Micron brush pen for these pieces as I have found out after experimenting last year with this medium that it provides a very natural and ostensibly 'raw' depiction of what I had seen. Alongside the guarantee that anything could move at any point, I had to work at a quick pace. I find that having gradually developed these quick observational sketches has resultantly led to this minimalistic yet effective style of sketches.   
We then had a photoshop workshop to help us add texture to pieces we've already created. I decided to use colour to my advantage to give each of my pieces a whole new style and mood. With the image below, I liked changing the colours of each table, as it reinforces the differences between each of them. This is my second introduction to textures in photoshop and I believe that this second time has been more helpful to my work. Having slightly more of a confident outlook on said software, I wasn't held back as much in terms of creative freedom. Therefore, I believe that I benefitted to a greater extent and I am very pleased with the pieces I made, albeit in a short time span in the workshop.
Having said that, I have yet again reflected on my perception of what makes a good piece of illustration. I typically believed that time was a heavy contributor to making something look desirable. However, having exposed myself to much more ways of seeing I now see that even the most effective of illustrations can be done in seconds.
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Below: drawings conducted on a day out
Below: a series of drawings conducted at my work
What | thought would be an interesting take on the concept of 'ways of seeing' was to depict a typical day at work. Being behind a deli-counter may seem laborious (and to be quite honest I cannot argue against that), and so I decided to doodle certain things around the shop. I used what materials I had around the counter which I think adds its own charm to my illustrations; providing a much more authentic depiction. As well as that, I made a comic book strip inspired by the irony of my circumstances being a vegetarian, yet working in an environment where I handle meat. It was fun to make and I definitely would want to explore creating humorous or even informative pieces of illustration based off of real life.
Here, we had to draw a random person's items that they believed best described themselves. I was given the images on the left and illustrated them all together. 
The second illustration is my piece that has been drawn over by two other randomly assigned people in my class. Once I got my work back I believe that it looked even better with the two portraits over my work that what is was on its own. Having multiple techniques and mediums I feel has brought his piece to life.
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