Curiosities- Historical Figures With Technology

This is some of my sketchbook work and finished pieces for the curiosities project a few months back.

‘Showing our escalating reliance, obsession and inescapable attachment to technology, as well as highlighting our taking of it for granted; I aim in an engaging and fun set of drawings and prints to show historical figures using gadgets, in a way that questions some of our 21st century habits.’

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Vaping Norman (Lino Print)
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Glaring Man (Etching)
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Shield Wall Selfie (Lino Print)
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Texting Pilgrim (Promarkers)
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Templars On The Tube
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Selfies With King Alfred
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Knight With His Oyster
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Dinner Is Escaping
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Texting Templar On The Loo
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Don’t Text & Ride
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Texting & Galloping Celt
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Horse Head Study
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Texting Pilgrim
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Shield Wall Selfie
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Knight At The Tube Gate
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Welcome- Waving Knight
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Vaping Norman
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Morroni Study (Lithograph)
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Boudicca Statue Study
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Centurion Texting
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Owain Glyndwr Statue Study
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The Gatekeeper (Process)

This is a brief look into my creative process.

Gatekeeper Line Drawing

Here I ensure the accuracy of the final thing by measuring, checking and rubbing out the most in the whole process. Some of the lines mark shadow, some mark edge and some texture… I try not to overcomplicate it early on, focussing on the basics.

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Filling The Lines

Usually section by section, I start filling the lines with shadows and textures. Often I jump straight into the most important part to avoid it becoming daunting. To prevent smudging I sprayed fixative after finishing each section. This was my favourite part in the process.

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Complicated Textures

The water droplets on the character’s raincoat was a new and challenging texture for me to draw. I pre-drew the lines so as to avoid my eyes getting lost and making mistakes when flicking between the drawing and the reference material.

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The Finished Piece

After filling everything in, I looked at the image in the mirror to check the composition and tones to tie the piece together. Overall I’m pleased with how the final thing turned out, but in future I would like to rely less heavily on reference material.

Location Drawing- My Room (Final Piece)

Before starting the final piece, I shot some photos for reference. After settling on a pose, I began to draw.

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Final Piece (A2)- Pencil (H, HB, B & 4B)

I am happy with the line drawing, although with more time I would have shaded the picture and possibly added another figure and a background.

I think I’ve captured a likeness, the pose expresses what I wanted and I’m pleased with the line-work used to mark shadow, edge and texture.

Location Drawing- My Room (Items/ Areas)

I tried to ensuring that the project remained observational rather than slipping into the whimsical or emotional.

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Bookshelf (A4)- Pencil (6B)
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Desk Tidy (A4)-Pencil (H)
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Mosaic Bowl (A4)- Pencil (HB)
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Salt Lamp (A5)- Coloured Pencils
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Mood Lamp (A5)- Coloured Pencils

 

Location Drawing- My Room (Reflection)

 

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Reflective Surveillance From The 10th Floor (A3)- Pencil (H), Ballpoint Pen & Marker Pen
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Fighting Poses (A3)- Pencil (HB)

 

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Bedroom Textures Grille And Wallhanging (A2)- Pencil (H, HB, B, 2B, 4B & 6B)
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Bedroom Textures Mildew (A3)- Pencil (H, HB, 2B, 4B, & 6B)
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Sleep (A3)- Pencil (H)

 

 

Location Drawing- My Room (Painting, Drawing & History)

 

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At The Easel (A3)- Biro Pen

Since I was a child I have been fascinated with ancient and medieval history and throughout the term I have been listening to The History Of Rome whilst I work, a fantastic podcast series that I highly recommend.

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Centurion (A4)- Pencil (H) & Digital Enhancement

More often I am using digital elements to tweak my work.

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Lead Roman Figurine One (A5)- Pencil (H & B)
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Lead Roman Figurine Two (A5)- Ballpoint Pen
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Coming To Life (A3)- Pencil (H)

One of my favourite concepts is the combining of historical figures and technological gadgets. In this case a Celtic Warrior clambers out of my iPad screen.

Although no different in the use of line drawing, this is the piece I’m most proud of so far in the project. I have taken a concept (combining history and tech), applied it to a specific idea (listening to history podcasts via my iPad) and executed it successfully combining relevant reference material.

Location Drawing- My Room (Bass Guitar)

I started the project by focussing on what I spend a lot of my time doing, playing bass. I was glad to be working with a theme that I was able to chose myself and have more control over than the previous two projects.

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Tuning (A3)- Pencil (H)
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Setup (A3)- Pencil (H)
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Playing (A3)- Ballpoint Pen
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Loosey Goosey (A3)- Graphite Stick (9B)
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In Concentration (A3)- Pencil (H & 6B)

In this first stage I decided that wanted my work to largely consist of line-drawings. I also planned for the work to be figurative, as this is what I strive for. I enjoyed the freedom of using a larger A3 sketchbook.

After these initial drawings I felt committed to the project and got stuck in.