Category: Part 4

Research: Self-portraits

This was a good exercise that taught me a lot about self-portraits. I had seen them before, obviously, but I hadn’t realised how widespread they were, nor had I ever considered why an artist would paint a self-portrait. Two really useful books I read were Self Portraits by Liz Rideal and A Face to the …

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Analyse a Formal Portrait

To select a painting for this exercise I visited the National Portrait Gallery. I had already researched a number of options as part of the previous exercise. I chose the portrait of Sir John Tavener to analyse as it immediately struck me when I saw it in the gallery. Therte seemed so many points to …

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Visit a portrait gallery

For this exercise I went to the National Portrait Gallery in London. I think that this may have been the first time I had visited the NPG as previously if I had visited a gallery it would probably have been to the National Gallery next door. I was pleased that I made the trip. It …

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Annotate a portrait

I went to Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery to look for a suitable painting which I could annotate for this exercise. I came across this work by Peter Tillemans, an artist I had not heard of before, so in just doing this exercise I have already broadened my artistic knowledge and added to the …

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Research Point: Portrait Sculpture

I used a couple of examples of portrait sculpture for this exercise; the sculpture of Sir Thomas Browne in Norwich City Centre and of Sir John Betjeman at St Pancras Station, London. I visited both sites to study the sculptures and learnt quite a lot from it. Prior to this course if I looked at …

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Exercise: Looking at cartoons

This was quite an interesting exercise that took me inĀ  a direction I hadn’t anticipated at the beginning – starting with Steve Bell and ending with Roy Lichtenstein. I began by assembling the cartoons outlined in the course guide, including several by Steve Bell, and started the exercise. As I was in London one day …

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