ATV Part 3 Written Reflection

At first I thought I might find this part of ATV challenging as I have diagnosed colour blindness. When I was younger during an eye test I was presented with a colourful book of circle patterns with numbers hidden within them. As I worked through the book slowly not being able to pick out the numbers I was told I was blue-green colour blind which was very unusual for a female! However working through some of the online resources has brought me to the conclusion it must be fairly mild.

Apart from this, other things I have learned from the exercises in this section are:

  • Working with neutral colours is much harder to match, the variations in tone are so subtle it is very difficult to precisely mix paint to get a correct comparison.
  • Textured fabrics also cause a similar problem. Depending on how the light hits them or the quality of the light can produce lots of tones making it very difficult to match.
  • Looking at the Old Masters painting and the ‘colourless’ glass showed me that by observing them closely the variety of colours and tones I was missing before.
  •  I am definitely drawn to colours you are more likely to find in the natural environment rather than bright, vivid colours.

Assessment according to course criteria:

Demonstration of technical and visual skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skill

I feel I have satisfactorily completed this assignment. I created a clear and well presented colour resource book. My page layouts represent visual awareness and good design skills and I have used a variety of materials and techniques to produce the book. I hope the variety of work displayed within the book demonstrates a good understanding of techical and visual skills. I feel I could improve on the watercolour studies as I don’t feel they are a good representation of my compositional skills as I have produced a palette of colours rather than a striped design. I got a little confused at the outcome I was trying to produce and it was only while writing my work up I realised my mistake.

Quality of outcome – content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualism of thoughts, communication of ideas.

I think the quality of my colour book is of a good standard, it is clear and laid out in a coherent manner.

Demonstration of creativity – imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice.

This section probably allows least for demonstrating creativity as it was more constructed than the previous ones. However I hope I have demonstrated a level of creativity in the fabrics I have chosen, the extended layouts and the production of the colour book. The stitched front cover was inspired by looking at Ptolemy Mann’s work.

Context, reflection, research, critical thinking.

I’ve researched a number of artists and designers reflecting on whether their work appeals to me or not. I’ve used critical thinking as I’ve reflected on my own work and as I have worked through my learning log. I’ve also researched and trialled some colour research digital tools and resources, reflected on their outcomes and applied critical thinking to their usefulness.