‘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 (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.

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


Location Drawing- My Room (Reflection)


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


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



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.