Monday, 16 November 2009

Long Sketchbook Project

Over the recent half term, we were given a long sketchbook project. This was to give us a starting point for our personal narrative final piece.
The book had to be based on single idea, that you can explore and develop through-out the book. The book that we were given to use was a concertina sketchbook, we could use it in any way we wanted, as long as we stuck to the brief.
I based my book on food, I wanted to use this idea because it is an everyday function that we all have to do in order to stay alive. However, this subject is often overlooked and is quite a private and sensitive issue with a lot of people.
To explore this idea, I decided to record the food I ate over the period of 5 days (that is the amount of food that I could fit into the book!!). I made minimal comments on the food and how I was feeling as I think the drawings alone reveal enough about myself.
I found that recording everything I ate and presenting it in such a way, was a very overwhelming idea! Also, showing other people what I had eaten is also quite daunting, I felt like I was being judged and I felt vulnerable due to revealing a part of myself often goes unnoticed by other people.
From my group critique, I found that other people also started thinking about their own eating habits and comparing them to my own.
The book works both as a book, where you turn the pages, but it also works stretched out as the pages blend into each other. Below, I have presented each of the pages in book form, as this was the easiest way to show them on here...

All in all, I found this to be a successful project, although I feel that some of the drawings and page layouts could have been produced better.
I will also apologise about the quality of pictures, I am yet to purchase a scanner that works on my laptop!

1 comment:

  1. juju you have put together an impressive sketchbook with a very topical subject but one which is, like you say a topic that not everyone is comfortable with. i don't eat my three square meals a day, so i end up snacking a lot. my bad. food for thought :)

    your drawings are fantastic and well composed.

    good luck with your course. i know you will do well.