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Culinary tools and notational drawing / Eating space and drawing eating

There is value in exploring food within interior design because we can use this to engage our audiences and help them to understand our design intentions. Food isn’t the only thing that we all have in common, but it is a universal language of ingredients, processes and tools that we can all understand.

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Six Examples of Why Line Weights Matter

In any design drawing, both sketches and technical drawings, the unsung hero of the drawing is line weight. Varying the line weight, that is the thickness of the lines, will always add more depth and character to your drawings. Even the simplest of drawings will look more polished and professional with a bit of line weight variety. Let’s look at some examples to see what I mean.

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Student stories: Annalisa Mercuri

Annalisa Mercuri is a Level Two Painting student who is about to complete the Drawing Two: Investigating Drawing unit. Despite some severe lockdown restrictions (she lives in Verona) she has managed to have work accepted into a couple of prestigious group shows over the past year or so. In this short interview, her tutor Bryan Eccleshall asks her about that experience.

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To plot or not to plot

Plot is possibly one of the most overlooked aspects of scriptwriting: coming up with the right idea, developing complex and captivating characters, creating a structure, building conflict are usually every writer’s priority, before sitting in front of the screen and starting to type. 

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Perception: Where Science and Art Meet. Sort Of.

The important point is our brains are wired in a certain way and we invent and build the world in our heads as much as perceive it as ‘truth’. This is important for anyone attempting to represent three dimensions in two. The world is indeed out there but perhaps capturing it requires more intervention than we might initially think.

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Developing ideas through making work and ‘listening’ to the work

Gwen Bird’s fourth submission for Drawing 1: Exploring Drawing Media shows how developing ideas by working through material processes rather than thinking about conclusions or results can result in creative breakthroughs. While having a goal in mind is not necessarily a bad thing when making work, it can sometimes overwhelm and obscure really interesting potential ideas that emerged from the act of making.

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Talking Out Loud: Reflective videos within textile practice

I want to share my thoughts on using video recordings as a useful tool in an active reflective practice. I will draw on my experiences as a tutor and as a textile designer and maker currently studying for an MA in Textile Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). 

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OCA student: Patricia Farrar

Words had always had special meaning for me and many times poetry formed the basis of the creative process. I didn’t question this any more and it seemed that the process into the painting flowed with such unquestioning ease. I had found my voice! I had found me!

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