‘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.

Triptych Number Three- Skylines

The element that links the three of my 100 drawings that I chose for this particular piece is that they all are urban skylines of various scales.


Three of the 100 Drawings chosen for the Skylines Triptych

I knew that this would be the most challenging of the three triptychs, as I am the least familiar with lino- printing, the technique that I wanted to explore when creating the pieces. I did however learn the most from this technique…

first of all I had some linoleum ready to use but it was literally the type that’s used on kitchen floors, I quickly learnt the difference between that and the artist standard. Secondly I realised that it’s far easier to pre-plan a printing session in advance so as to be the most productive. Finally I learnt the actual processes behind cutting and then printing.

The Skylines Triptych

The right and left pieces were created using the floor lino whereas the middle panel was made using artist standard, straight away you can tell the difference in the quality of the print. The textured surface of the kitchen lino was difficult to cut and came out looking blemished, a blunder that I used (I think) to my advantage in that they look symmetrical as a triptych and add to the atmosphere and visual interest of the pieces.

I preferred both cutting and printing with the better lino however as it wasn’t so difficult to cut and you have more control over how the piece will turn out.

I do plan to explore further with lino as a medium and although I’m not particularly proud of how these pieces turned out, I think the exercise was a success due to the amount I learnt from it.