Tuesday, 8 March 2011

What is a line?...

The Brief:

Using the manipulation of line, frame , format, media and colour you are to produce a body of work that visually investigates one of the following definitions of the word "line":

"A formation of people, objects or things on besides/ behind the other."
"A connected series of events, actions or developments."
"The descendants of one individual."
"A mark indicating position, connection or boundaries."


You will need to develop, document and catalogue a range of investigative and experimental approaches in response to the quote you have chosen. You will also need to document the application and evaluation of media.

How do you construct line?
Draw, trace, add/ remove, layer, dot , drag...

What media do you use?
Traditional drawing materials, photography etc...?

What format are you working to?
Is your frame constant or changing?

Mandatory requirements

The work presented must represent the time given to complete this brief. You will need to set time aside to draw regularly. There is no point rushing this at the end of the module, time management is essential. Your investigation should become part of your everyday life and developing design practise.


A set of notebooks/ sketchbooks and drawings/ images in an organised, rational and considered format.

Studio deadline: 26th April 2011


Techniques that could be used:

- Hand crafted
- Sculpture
- Photography
- Screen printing
- Measuring
- Textiles
- Spray painting
- Painting
- Digital
- Mark making
- Typography
- Moving image
- Illustration
- Book making
- Rubbings
- Recording sound

Themes for line:

- Constellations
- Family trees
- Skylines
- Animal print
- Wrinkles
- Road markings
- Maps
- Bar codes
- Journeys
- Train lines
- Finger prints
- Lines of conversation
- Heart monitors
- Graphs/ maths
- Lines of symmetry
- Queues
- Continuous lines

Combining theme and technique to present a concept:

- Photographing skylines from various places and then tracing the photos to produce line drawings.
- Maps- using different mark making techniques to simplify a map.
- Constellations- using dot to dot or measurements to show the distance between stars and constellations.
- Illustrating my family tree using line drawings.
- Using moving image to document a journey.
- Mapping train lines throughout the UK.
- Crafting animal print
- Imprints of textured lines eg finger prints
- Recording heart beat lines
- Bar codes- documenting and recording with photography and digital media
- Time lines using different techniques of mark making

Three i narrowed down to:

- Photographing skylines from various places and then tracing the photographs to produce line drawings

I think this would work really well because i can combine photography with more traditional media such as pencil drawings or i could keep it all digital and trace on illustrator. I like the idea of simplifying busy skylines from bustling cities or simply enjoying the simple outlines of a quiet village skyline.

- Bar codes- documenting and recording with photography and digital media

This idea could work well because it would be interesting to see the huge variety of bar codes as for each product you buy the bar code will be subtly different.

- Imprints of textured lines eg finger prints

I think the beauty of this idea is how obsessive you could become with it, you would turn into forensic scientist looking at peoples finger prints and comparing them, there is a lot i could do with this idea.


I decided to go for the skyline idea, combining digital and traditional media. I enjoy photography but haven't really used it as much as i would of liked to. It is also an opportunity to go exploring around Leeds and near by cities. I have chosen places which i know i could go to easily within the time given and they are as follows:

- Leeds
- Manchester
- Newcastle
- Amsterdam ( i am going there during easter break)
- Cambridge and its small surrounding villages
- London
- Sheffield

It would be nice to collect a variety of different skylines from tall buildings in huge cities to a small village church and small cottages.








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