TessaJoLauren

These are the things I like and the things I do.

T.J.L.H

22

Huddersfield University

Hometown Manchester

Keep it simple. Simple


Personal blog: http://tictacat.tumblr.com/
tictacat:

Just a quick 10 minute project I did. It’s the ring on the back of my neck that signifies someone I lost. Ignore the un-even lines because I wanted it like that, I didn’t want it perfect for a more hand drawn effect

tictacat:

Just a quick 10 minute project I did. It’s the ring on the back of my neck that signifies someone I lost. Ignore the un-even lines because I wanted it like that, I didn’t want it perfect for a more hand drawn effect

I just looked through my collection of data on Depression, and it’s making me cry and how kind some people really are

My basic design for my design logo, I’m going to go into more detail on the hair to give it more dimension.

My basic design for my design logo, I’m going to go into more detail on the hair to give it more dimension.

So I genuinely just rounded off a blog piece for uni with this…

"Ta da! Girl with wispy hair on a cloudy blue sky background!"

Dem eyes. #wolf #mask #watercolour

Dem eyes. #wolf #mask #watercolour

My work tends to stem from topics such as mental health issues or body issues, these are personal things to me and help me form initial inspiration for my projects. Over the past couple of months it’s dawned on me how much I’m not suited to the world of Contemporary Art and the way that it works, instead I am much more suited to Graphic Design. So trying to keep my true style present I do find it difficult to always translate it into Contemporary Art as I sometimes feel myself veering towards advertising and other Graphic suited pieces.

This current project is based on natural forms. I never choose a closed brief, always one where I can branch off into other areas of interest along the way. This keeps my projects broad and able to change very quickly. Initially I experimented with drawings and sketches but after discussions with my tutor chose to stick with photography and computer images as this is where my strength lies. Macro has always been something that has interested me and a lot of my images are macro based. The idea behind my current work is that without knowing what an image is you can see the natural beauty that lies within it. For example with Cancerous cell images under a microscope, even though colour is altered and changed, these images are truly beautiful but knowing what they are you immediately see them as horrific and harmful.

I’ve primarily been using my 60mm lens on my Canon 450D EOS. This lens enables me to play with my macro theme and use depth of field to make my photographs interesting. I use my standard 18-55mm lens for wider shots, but this has not been able to produce the kind of images I was looking for. I want to create warm, intense and interesting images and I have been able to do this with little to no editing by using manual settings, by controlling my ISO and aperture (f-stop) I have been able to alter my white balance on my camera, this in turn creating warm images with lots of depth to them. If I had access to a darkroom I would be producing black and white photographs. I find them much more technical and more intimate than printing digitally.

I’ve taken inspiration from smaller, not very well known artists such as Carne Griffiths, Lesley Jones and Yvonne North Moorhouse as well as larger known artists like Ansel Adams and Ruskin. If my drawing techniques were better than I would love to be able to produce art like Griffiths as I find her work so fluid and flows so naturally. Ruskin and Adams link strongly to my nature theme, Adams more so because of the link with photography. He’s always been an artist I look up to when working within photography.

I hope to engage with the viewers of my work in a way where they take the time to look closely at my images and stop and think about what they’re looking at. I chose to print my images 6 x 4 not because this is a standard print size, nor because it’s cheaper and lazier, but because I wanted my images small so I could cluster them together. More to look at and more to take in for the viewer. I love small scale work and negative space with clean lines. Using smaller images gives me the chance to present them cleanly and neatly, and when all together on the wall they will form one larger cluster of natural form photography.

Over the past year of so, as the course has gotten more contextualised I have become to realise more and more that I am a graphic designer more than I thought. This in turn has made me realise how much of a contemporary artist I am not. I feel this course has prepared me to work with artists, which I hope to be doing, but by changing course I feel I will be better prepared for working within the graphic design sector.
My work tends to stem from topics such as mental health issues or body issues, these are personal things to me and help me form initial inspiration for my projects. Over the past couple of months it’s dawned on me how much I’m not suited to the world of Contemporary Art and the way that it works, instead I am much more suited to Graphic Design. So trying to keep my true style present I do find it difficult to always translate it into Contemporary Art as I sometimes feel myself veering towards advertising and other Graphic suited pieces.


This current project is based on natural forms. I never choose a closed brief, always one where I can branch off into other areas of interest along the way. This keeps my projects broad and able to change very quickly. Initially I experimented with drawings and sketches but after discussions with my tutor chose to stick with photography and computer images as this is where my strength lies. Macro has always been something that has interested me and a lot of my images are macro based. The idea behind my current work is that without knowing what an image is you can see the natural beauty that lies within it. For example with Cancerous cell images under a microscope, even though colour is altered and changed, these images are truly beautiful but knowing what they are you immediately see them as horrific and harmful.

I’ve primarily been using my 60mm lens on my Canon 450D EOS. This lens enables me to play with my macro theme and use depth of field to make my photographs interesting. I use my standard 18-55mm lens for wider shots, but this has not been able to produce the kind of images I was looking for. I want to create warm, intense and interesting images and I have been able to do this with little to no editing by using manual settings, by controlling my ISO and aperture (f-stop) I have been able to alter my white balance on my camera, this in turn creating warm images with lots of depth to them. If I had access to a darkroom I would be producing black and white photographs. I find them much more technical and more intimate than printing digitally.

I’ve taken inspiration from smaller, not very well known artists such as Carne Griffiths, Lesley Jones and Yvonne North Moorhouse as well as larger known artists like Ansel Adams and Ruskin. If my drawing techniques were better than I would love to be able to produce art like Griffiths as I find her work so fluid and flows so naturally. Ruskin and Adams link strongly to my nature theme, Adams more so because of the link with photography. He’s always been an artist I look up to when working within photography.

I hope to engage with the viewers of my work in a way where they take the time to look closely at my images and stop and think about what they’re looking at. I chose to print my images 6 x 4 not because this is a standard print size, nor because it’s cheaper and lazier, but because I wanted my images small so I could cluster them together. More to look at and more to take in for the viewer. I love small scale work and negative space with clean lines. Using smaller images gives me the chance to present them cleanly and neatly, and when all together on the wall they will form one larger cluster of natural form photography.

Over the past year of so, as the course has gotten more contextualised I have become to realise more and more that I am a graphic designer more than I thought. This in turn has made me realise how much of a contemporary artist I am not. I feel this course has prepared me to work with artists, which I hope to be doing, but by changing course I feel I will be better prepared for working within the graphic design sector.

My work is almost always asthetically based and then contextualized. I see art as made to look at not made to be read. Yes, there’s meaning behind some if not all art nowadays, but you make art to have in your home, in an art gallery or other public space. To look at.

Some more selected images from my shoot at Digley Reservoir the other day. Already ordered some prints from this collection I have a good couple of hundred images to choose from now, I’ll be printing off contact sheets so tutors and assessors can see all my images I have taken. These are a mixture of the better ones and some final images I have chosen.

melissaxhill:


Mycotoxins II
Ink Pigment and watercolour on wood
2013

melissaxhill:

Mycotoxins II

Ink Pigment and watercolour on wood

2013

Skin folds. Wanting to abstract folds, creases and joins in the body. Within my chosen topic “Natural Forms” I wanted to take things we see as hideous and vulger when we know what they are, but taken out of context, take away the knowing you see them as beautiful natural forms. Some of these innocent images seem to portray different, more intimate parts of the human body.

Some selected images from my shoot the other day. Using my macro lens I was able to pick up on the smaller details in the woodland space. Using a macro lens you can play with the Depth of Field making the images much more interesting and playful on the eye. The use of photography and computer graphics is my strength. I’ll be visiting Digley Reservoir tomorrow to get some panoramic shots and larger scale images.

Ruskin

I went to Sheffield yesterday and saw this exhibition which was really interesting, about Ruskin and his take on nature and all it’s beauty. I share this passion for seeing the natural beauty that surrounds us, which we often over look.

1 year ago - 1
weissesrauschen:

~ by Hi Brian Vu on Flickr.

weissesrauschen:

~ by Hi Brian Vu on Flickr.

Quick update

So what I want to be doing is looking into “natural forms” if you haven’t already guessed. But what I want to do it take something such as cancerous cells under a microscope and take them out of context. Without knowing what you were looking at you would appreciate it’s natural beauty, even though the colours on scans and under scopes is changed during image production. I’m exploring the body at the minute as I found cells and microscope images a bit “same old, same old”. Taking my own images of creases and bends and curves in our bodies and cropping into them. I might have my original images blown up on a huge scale or I might keep my work small.

I want to do some more printing and I might explore the materials I try printing with. Materials I know I want to try are, Lino, bark (or wood), stone, maybe try some mono printing again.

I also want to use some of my time to work on repetitive prints and mark making, to represent cell growth etc.

euphrosyneandrews:

Monoprints

I think these are so beautiful. I wish I could produce work like this. I love the subdued colours, they seem so natural and fluid in the way the lines and obscure shapes move across the page. I’ve always loved lines and these abstracted lines work perfectly in balance with the layers and colours included in these images. The bottom two are my favourites by far though.

(Source: euphrosyneandrews)