‘Curiosities’ Project Proposal

Historical Figures With Technology

Final- Emerging Celt (Print)
Emerging Celt Lino-Print

Technology has invaded almost every aspect of our lives… The Grandparent aged quote ‘how do you think we managed in our day’ rings around my head. And it’s a fair question, in an age where we go for a walk in the country and think about taking the perfect instagram snap.

Obviously this complete immersion is only a product of the past 15-20 years… Almost my entire life-span. For my generation our childhoods only just escaped the technology takeover of social networks, immersive game systems and smart phones. I was lucky enough to scrape a childhood of den building and river swimming. My teenage years were not so lucky, and I have genuine concern for the young people of the future.

For future generations it may be difficult to imagine a world without technology, themselves assuming that phones and computers have always existed if they aren’t told otherwise. it is this point that I want to explore.

Of course I must consider the helpful elements of technology as well. Examples include our ability to travel further and faster than any of our predecessors, whether by plane, bus, boat or train or even in the comfort of our own cars; Advances in medical equipment have improved the lives of countless people who might not have had much of a chance in life without; and we’re connected like never before with the Internet.

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.




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


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.

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

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

Lead Roman Figurine One (A5)- Pencil (H & B)
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.

Tuning (A3)- Pencil (H)
Setup (A3)- Pencil (H)
Playing (A3)- Ballpoint Pen
Loosey Goosey (A3)- Graphite Stick (9B)
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.

Location Drawing- My Room (Foreword)

By this point in the course I was up to date and had produced what I thought was a lot of work. Starting a project late has been a persistent problem throughout my education so far. Until now the reason has been elusive, but I have discovered it. It stems from an unwillingness to become inevitably absorbed by the project… Once I start I find it difficult to think about much else other than it. Now that I know this, I can find ways of working around or with it. This was the first setback in the project before I had even begun, by procrastinating and therefore adding to the time constraint.

The final project was to select a location in Bristol and base a project on it, as a bid to integrate us into our new home for the next three years.

My ‘false start’ and second setback for the project came in the fact that the security in my chosen location had tightened up due to the Paris attacks… I was no longer allowed to pass through the gate without a ticket and was asked not to take any reference photos of the location for security reasons. A sad state of affairs.

I had to return to the drawing board. My third setback occurred at this stage in the form of two funerals, one of a family member and another of a friend.

By this point I was in trouble in terms of having whittled my time down to a dauntingly short period.

As I saw it I had to think of somewhere extremely local that was easily accessible. Settling in to the City was my main goal for the first term, and by this point (near the end of the term) I had began this process but not gotten as far as I hoped. The reasoning being that I spent so much time in my university bedroom…

This was to be my location. I would evaluate why I spent so much time there and look for solutions to the seeming problem of it.

Found Drawings- Early Ideas

The task is to draw 100 A6 pictures based on the simple geometrical shapes/ textures found in observation.

The limitations are the size of the card; only being able to draw from observation and the use of only line in black, white and grey.

The are no limitations on the type of material we can use as far as I know.

The purpose is to get into a habit of regular work as well as training our brains to look closer and differently at the world. I have picked up from the tutors that variety in material and subject matter will not only make the work look more interesting but it will make the admittedly tedious task more fun. Another pointer we were given is to charge the work with the emotion that we are currently feeling, giving an artistic flavour to it. It was suggested that living in the moment rather than the future or past was advisable so as to follow tangents and avoid distraction.

The first 23 of the 100.
The first 23 of the 100.

The emerging themes that I would like to pursue in my work are repetition, bold lines, cut out pieces, transparency, symmetry, strong composition and media experimentation.

The materials I want to use are (but not limited to) poly pockets, transparent plastic, card, leaflets, linoleum, 3d printed plastic, wax, chalk, ink and oil pastel.

I found that the most interesting place to draw so far was in Bristol’s medieval cathedral, which boasted intricate gothic designs. I enjoyed working there because of the sheer variety of things to draw and my interest in history. It’ll be important to get out into the city for the task.

The best thing to do now is to get out there and start some exploring/ drawing.