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Helen Capewell
OCA Learning Log
Student Number: 522802
Degree: Illustration
Current Level: 2

Exercise 1.2

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

Making Mistakes

Working Fast And Cutting Up Work.

A view of my desk where I spend a lot of my time during the day. This is drawn with pen.

The view behind me from my desk sits an easel. Behind this was a hanging jumper and my wardrobes. This was done using my fingers and crushed charcoal.

The view to my left is a sofa and a mirror. This was done using watercolour pencils.

The view to my right was not scanned before cutting it up and making a small zine out of it. Due to the steps made to make the zine, which involved cutting and glueing, I haven't been able to scan it after. This was a window view with closed curtains. Lights shone through which would cast shadows behind the curtains from the plants on the window. To create this delicate view I used crushed charcoal, a sponge and the end of a bank card.


The scans above already show the folds and cuts in them. It was a fun experiment which gave new perspective to very quick sketches. I liked how the tiny frames created from the folded pages produced new abstract illustrations. I didn't feel it was necessary to add to these pages.


I'm not sure all of the zines were a success in terms of functionality. I'm also not sure whether I will repeat this process, certainly not from A4 sized paper. I feel it might have been more interesting to have work at A3, however I did appreciate the forced approach to looking at sketches differently. Not all work in books need to be perfect, the really are just a work in progress. Using an extra step such as this may inspire a different direction to an initial idea. It adds different dimension to the eye which I think is pretty neat.

So with that said, yes, I think I will try this again. A great teacher once said to me, don't be too precious to your work. I think this exercise just made sense of this. Don't be afraid to make the mistakes and cut it up. Nice early lesson to be learned. Thank you!


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