- Hot wax
- Material (cloth)
- Design planning
Before we created out butik piece we had to pick a design we wanted. Eve told us to select a model from our first unit – be it when we did Our defacing of a magazine model, or when we had to draw our peers in the style of a well-known artist.
When we selected our design, we have to elongate the features of our chosen design to match that of Francis Souza’s own style.
When our design is drawn on our piece of cloth, we used hot wax to trace the outline – a method mostly used by Indonesia artists and has been around for centuries. It was very interesting to use, though I struggled at the start, I definitely got the hang of it with some practice.
The wax now dried, we used a type of crystal paint called ‘Brusho’ – you only need to add water to bring it to life. I decided to go for warm colours within the face; cold colours on the outside as a contrast. When the colours combined together – with enough water – they swirled together to create a unique pattern. I decided to only do this on the face as it was the main focal-point – there was no need to use this commonly throughout my piece.
This links to the project we are doing as we are getting “Inspired by…” South Asians artists, the butik being inspired by the famous artist Francis Newton Souza. When we went to the Whitmore gallery, his work was part of a exhibition.
The intention I had with making this work was to replicate his work and make it our own; what we did differently was use a different art style which required us to use brusho and cloth.
What gave inspiration to my work was using a piece of work from the first unit in which we defaced a model and changed their whole look. To make it look very similar to Souza’s work was to elongate her features.
Achieve Assessment Criteria
1.2 Apply understanding or MTP to support own practices
1.3 Techniques and Skills
1.4 Evaluate MTP
What I think went will on my butik was my colour choice I decided to select. Using a mixture of warm and cold colours really brings forward the character I decided to use for this piece. The way the blue is complementary against the orange, ehich was made by the yellow and red was striking and extremely eye-catching
At the beginning, before I even started this, I was simply going to use one set colour palette; warm colours. I wanted to make it look vibrant and bright instead of dull and gives you an unpleasant feeling. However, by asking Eve what I should do, she gave me a tip of maybe painting the woman’s face in the warm colours (orange, red and yellow) and then make the background really contrasting with cold colours (purple, blue and green)
If I were to do this again, I would make sure to practice more with the wax stick until I became more competent as I made several mistakes during the process.
If I were to take this forward, I will play around with using different paints to see how different it will be compared; would water-paint hold as much pigment as brusho? Would the oil-paint be easier to use? It is all about testing and finding the better method for you.