I have always had an interest in model making especially in the form of dolls. Being inspired by Dollightful and Lavendertowne, I have been practicing my model making skills for about 7 years.
I wanted to include these skills in my Final Major Project, so I set out to designing characters that were based in a fantasy world, such as witches, elves, pixies and fairies.
Going into this project I had a few ideas and when I decided to settle on video games, I already had a vague idea of what I would go for, theme wise at least. They are something I enjoy playing and also enjoy watching others play no matter the theme or genre, though most of the time, horror related games catch my attention a bit more.
I wanted to design and create a new video game with an interesting story line combining the thought of innocence and my interest in horror-based characters.
As I’ve already mentioned I was inspired by existing horror games, I’m not sure what it is exactly that I enjoy about adorable happy themes mixing with horrific ones, but I tried my best to create that sort of feeling and mood with my own game. I suppose its intriguing and these types of games make you want to keep playing to find out why everything is going horribly wrong to uncover some hidden mystery.
In this project I wanted to achieve a series of final pieces that showcase the importance and acceptance of the LGBT community. These illustrations would perhaps be showcased in educational environments or public spaces to make LGBT people more comfortable in the general community. I have a strong interest in the community and equality. I love the welcoming atmosphere it gives off and how it shows real acceptance.
Throughout the Level 3 Art and Design course I have grown so much as a person and an artist. My work and the way I draw has improved. I have the confidence to experiment with new medias and even if they don’t turn out the greatest, I know that’s still development. I have really enjoyed the course, it has been the best 2 years of my life, this is down to the amazing classmates I have, the skills I’ve learnt and the tutors for being so kind and eye opening.
In the future I hope to make my tutors proud by one day becoming a tutor in the creative field myself, to inspire young people as they did me.
I have a strong interest in Architecture and 3D Design, as I enjoy both designing and model making. I decided through my project, I wanted to create a series of colourful houses to represent what architecture could look like in 100 years' time.
In my final major project, I chose to focus on bullying because it is an important topic and one, I feel strong about. Throughout my project I wanted to create a campaign which focused on the impact of bullying. This could then be taken into schools and colleges to raise awareness of bullying.
I started to research news articles to gather people's experiences and how that made them feel and started to research the different aspects of bullying, that I could potential use later on.
I have a strong interest in illustration and self-love. This theme plays a big part in most of my work, as I find it is hard for some people to love themselves. Throughout my project I have wanted to show some of the effects of self-love and try to empower women to know their imperfections are perfect.
Throughout this course I have learnt new skills that I will take with me. This course has also taught me to be confident in my work and my own decisions.
I have really enjoyed these past two years meeting these wonderful people. Being able to travel and see new places, the opportunities have been amazing, and I will take them through my life.
After college I and doing an illustration course at UCLAN and hope to progress my learning further.
I have an interest in how the human body works and looks, so this became my starting point. Throughout my project I wanted to play to my strengths in Fine Art, but to also challenge myself.
I firstly looked at the human body, and artists who specialised in anatomy. Later, I looked at mandalas and flowers, these are calming to the human mind. Mandalas are spiritual and ritual symbols in some religions and humans have always had a close relationship to flowers, we tend to them and admire them, like giving them as gifts. I find them beautiful and I found connections between them, the body and mind.
I have grown so much throughout the Art and Design course, both artistically and personally. I have learnt new skills and made lifelong friendships and thoroughly enjoyed every moment while being on this course. I enjoyed each project; time just flies by when you're having fun. It feels like yesterday that I had my first day.
In this project I wanted to look in to event planning, advertising and branding for companies. I decided to work with the Wonders of the World and a fictional company called 'Westford Brooks'. This company was the organiser for the 'package holiday' let's say. I wanted to produce a set of posters that would be clear to the viewer, include colour and with the media of paint.
I really enjoy making mixed media pieces by using a mix of textiles and fine art techniques. Because of my keen interest in these areas I decided to combine my skills and knowledge to make beautiful surface patterns designs to be used on a range of products.
I started off by researching the colour and how colour can be used and portrayed through art. I also thought about my own opinion of the colours and how they make me feel, so I could create designs more personal to me. When doing this research, I found that the colours can be used and perceived differently, depending on the person viewing the piece. I decided to stick to warm colours as I wanted to create emotional, colourful and vibrant pieces of work.
During my time as an art and design student I have achieved many things. My confidence and skills have grown massively by gaining experience in new areas such as textiles and 3D.
I have grown a lot as an artist and I have an all-round better understanding of art itself. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. I have been able to take part in activities in and out of the workspace, I have met some amazing and supportive tutors, and the most importantly I have been pushed on to do the best I can.
I really enjoy creating characters and have been exploring animation as a media for some time now. I appreciate the way you can create something into life, rather than it be on pieces of paper and I wanted to explore this further.
I started by looking into the meaning of different colours and decided to try to convey the traits of these colours in to my characters to show their personality.
I have a strong interest in textiles and fantasy plays a big part in my art style, so this was my starting point to my project. I knew that I wanted to create something within a fantasy world but use objects that are around me. I started researching into psychedelic fantasy as I like the colours and mind set of the psychedelic art movement. I also found that most of the artists produced art in a creative way and saw things for what they could be, not what they are. I then went on drawing random things from around my house turning them into colourful, fantasy pieces.
My favourite bit about textiles is the freedom that you can create pieces using a wide variety of media from fabric to cotton, to paint and paper.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wigan and Leigh college learning about the textile's world of art.
Learning new techniques within textiles has allowed me to create some extraordinary pieces, from wall hangings to dresses and I have found things could be thrown away could also be used creatively as a piece of art.
In the future I would love to help people who are in the same place that I was when I started art and teach them all the amazing things that I have learned. My biggest goal in life is to be happy and create amazing pieces of art that inspire people around me.
Next year I am going to study a BA Hons in Textiles at Bolton University.
Throughout the project I looked more into the pressures of public figures, celebrities, plastic surgery, Facebook, Instagram and the images that are perceived as perfection. However, the effect this can have on people could lead to anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. I took some questionnaires on how people felt about this and generated a word bank from these, such as poison, control, compact, trapped, bound and knotted.
I wanted my pieces to represent the mood, emotion and struggle some people may feel with these surrounding ideologies, almost wanting to break free, but bound by the convention of society.
I have a strong interest in the way the human world works, and the way the universe works, and this project has been a fantastic opportunity to do that. Throughout my project I wanted to create a sketchbook full of research on different subjects that may seem unrelated at first but hopefully by the end will be more sensical. I started by exploring the basics of what makes up our ways of life, researching morality, ethics, society and politics, looking into my views and opinions on them while also adding non bias research.
After researching the ‘basics’ of human life, I researched more into consciousness, psychoactive substances and the queries of life and what it really means to ‘exist’. I found out during this project that not only am I a solipsist, but also realise that there is much more than we realise, and that what we know and think of as important in everyday life, means nothing on an intergalactic level, and that we should spend more time embracing being aware of our conscious, and spend more time understanding how we work.
My final pieces are watercolour based. They consist of the scary, critical, political world we live in, in comparison to the rest of the universe and the mind, and I wanted my pieces to represent the fact that I don’t understand how people can live so peacefully doing everyday tasks, such as going to work for years, or building a family with children to continue doing exactly what the previous generation did.