ARTIST STATEMENT - REFLECTION : During this project I illustrated several tales from the book 'Icelandic folklore and legends' by Jacqueline Simpson, with a cover, endpaper and inner page designs too. What have I learnt during this project? I have learnt that I am simply not just interested in adding imagery to a tale but telling the tale itself and embodying the story, learning and successfully adapting my art to include the correct imagery and colour palate within. This was something I did feel a little lost with, as my work doesn't quite fall into any category for explaining what I do, but now I think I will say that I respond to folktales with pattern and imagery in mind. With this project, I did struggle initially due to upheaval with the coronavirus and the uncertainty of what was going to happen, the challenge of working from home also affected my project, you don't quite realise the distractions in your home until you are there everyday. Despite this, I set myself challenges to keep on track and I think I have managed to complete them. One of which is creating characters that match with my backdrops, which are usually very patterned with plenty of colours and shades. It has been a big challenge to me to include a character that can be simple, fluid and contain some small amount of pattern too, I haven't managed this well within previous projects. I do think I have achieved this, although it did take me a fair amount of experimenting to reach that point, simply letting go of the notion that characters must look very anatomically correct and realistic has helped me move on leaps and bounds. Another goal was to successfully influence this projects art based upon research on Icelandic culture and history, within a modern understanding. At the start of this project I became more focused upon creating a pretty picture rather than telling the story, this did hinder the progress but I am glad I did that investigation, because it taught me that such pieces are barren within. With no real meaning or sense of connection, no child or adult could identify themselves within such a piece. I have managed to use both primary and secondary resources within this project, I know I work best when informed. I used the city style imagery of the area around me (photographed on my daily walk) with research online with people's photos and blogs to influence the way I drew my buildings and backdrops. Although Manchester may have been a better area to photograph, I think that have managed well with the resources I had. I do think that my project does encompass an Icelandic theme well, I studied the colour palate of Icelandic towns and looked into what colours folk artists commonly implement too before making my own colour investigation. But there can always be room for improvement, if I could go back I would add maybe a little more detailing within my buildings such as signs and posters, despite this, I do think that my projects buildings have improved leaps and bounds compared to my previous project. Thank you for reading my artist statement - reflection!