Illustrator Journal #7: Studying Art Movements

No particular illustration work today, since college has kept me preoccupied. I decided instead to pick up a couple of books and learn about art movements that came before the modern day. The reasoning is less about academic prowess and more about personal insight: I am curious, so I want to study. The two books are entitled:

“Concepts of Modern Art” by Nikos Stangos
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and

“New Media in Late 20th Century Art” by Michael Rush
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Both will help me gain some knowledge in the styles of art that came before me and perhaps give me some inspiration to my illustration work. So far I’m only partway through the first book and it’s going to take me a long time before I finish them both. From what I have read, it’s such a good resource (that I loaned from the library) and the more I read, the more intelligent I feel. There are some interesting illustrations that go in the back of Concepts of Modern Art to compliment the essays and their contents. As much as I was sceptical about picking up an arts book, I find that it’s thoroughly enjoyable to read, if at best daunting with the vocabulary.

Labelling Myself – Part 1

This is an art assignment for my Art Foundation course that was given to me to complete over the summer. I was to complete this in the summer and have it ready for when I go back to college in September.
So, I was given a brown luggage tag and told to use it in a creative way to portray myself and my personality. The final piece has to be creative and/or functional and we could do what we like to it. For me, I have decided to turn it into a book, using the tag as the backing binder and finding 2 pieces of cardboard to use as the backs. It’ll contain a plethora of illustrations about me and the things around me :).

This is obviously the first part, being the startup and crafting. Part 2 will include designs and the rest of the crafting, as well as the final piece.
So I took some photos to show you:

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