17/4/13 - Final pieces




I’m very pleased with my outomes.I really like the simplicity and the message that are trying to communicate to my viewers. 

If I were to do these again, I would of added much more detail and maybe would have done a few more. My favourite is my younger brothers portrait and my least favourite is my dads. 

INFJ - Wolf (Brother)

INFJs are value-driven individuals who tend to remain mysterious and complex even after you’ve become close to one. They are often creative and inspired individuals. They are good at perceiving emotions and are sensitive to the feelings of others, but they are not very prone to revealing much of themselves until they trust someone completely. That said, they are intensely interested in the well-being of others and are often seen as protectors as well as natural leaders.

INTP - Owl (Mum)

INTPs are analytical and thoughtful individuals who prefer to work alone and who are often ill at ease in social situations. They are impatient with hierarchies and politics and would prefer that leaders prove their worth with merit, rather than with charisma and influence. Although they are not particularly social, they do have razor sharp wit (and claws), and are often surprised to learn that people do enjoy their company.

ENTJ - Lion (Dad)

Independent and logical thinkers who are also persuasive leaders, ENTJs are business-minded and ambitious. They refuse to allow any subjective emotion to enter into their decision-making process, and as a result they can be seen as callous and cold. But these fierce individuals tend to be highly effective, successful, and incredibly powerful. They are truly the kings of the proverbial jungle.

17/04/13 - experimentation










I am very pleased with my experimentations so far for my other two portraits in my series. I will definitely use this method as i think they hold alot of meaning to each one/

Mum, owl in head = thoughtful, witty

Dad, lion as whole body, independent, leadership

I have tried to choose imagery that relates to the portraits of my family in some way or another. The group of owls I have chosen is to link with the piece of text in her result that reads “often surprised to learn that people do enjoy her company”

I have included a very faint background in my dads portrait as the imagery I have created alone didnt look right and just look like it was floating. The background also anchors the fact that he is relaxing.




After experimenting with various ways portraying my mums portrait, I definitely think this is how it is going to be arranged due to its simplicity and ideas behind it (head = thoughtful, witty) I tried sketching various ways it could be laid out but I definitely like this the best. I may stick to the use of photo over the drawing idea as this will then link nicely with the other portrait I finished.

I like the use of oil pastels in this as I think it gives it a dream like feel


After today, I am certain what I want my final pieces to be. I want it to comprise of three individual images, of my mum, dad and younger brother with their chosen animal, but all using a similar technique to show they are a series. I have already done the portrait of my brother I just need to finalise a way of arranging the shapes and the layout of the other two portraits. 

For my mothers portrait, I want to focus on her head beind the owl segment of the portrait (thoughtful, wise) and for my dad, I think it will be his whole body being the lion. I am definitely going to try out the idea I have for my mums portraits, but I’m not entirely sure for my dads portrait.

I tried the idea for my dads portrait, but it seemed to lose his portrait, so I may try a different piece of imagery I have taken of my dad, or even try adding in a faint background (inspired by the artist, Valentino Rio on Flickr)


After doing this Ed Fairburn inspired portrait I knew this was the method I wanted to use for my final outcome as I really like the way it looks. I also like how complicated it looks (due to the random shapes/layout) which relates to his Myers Briggs test results “tend to remain mysterious and complex even after you’ve become close to them”. After realising this link, I wanted to expand this and create the other two portraits for my final piece using the same method but changing the arrangement and layout of the cut outs to link with their myers briggs results. 

Mum = Owl

"Thoughtful" "Wise" = Head

Dad = Lion

Logical” = Hands

"King" "Independent" = Whole body


When experimenting with text, I played around with the composition  what text to include and in what medium. I drew inspiration from one of Rosalie Kate Whittingham pieces, as I really liked the idea of placing the text over the image to make it apart of the piece. After doing this, I didn’t really like the look of this as I think it makes the work look messy and not very neat. It also seems to take away from the original image.

I definitely know now that I don’t want to include text on the actual piece itself, and maybe even anywhere in my final piece. I have made this decision as I want the viewer to think about my pieces and what they could mean, I don’t want them being too literal either. I’m glad that I experimented with text though as I saw the possibilities my work could have.



To add some more photography into my work, I went out and took some photos from the view of a deer, focusing particluarly on the saying “Deer caught in a headlights”. I really liked the imagery this produced and if i were to have time, I would definitely incorporate this into a portrait of my self (as I got the result of deer)


I wont print my final pieces on plain, normal paper, I am going to pront them on some thick cartridge paper I have so that it’s sturdy and looks more professional/better quality. 

I have chosen my family to be in my final pieces as they would have been the easiest obtain imagery from.

9/4/13 - 11/4/13


I really found this sheet helpful as it showed me what things I have already done and other things that still need to be done and others that need to be worked on. Overall, I am pleased with my progress so far.

I’m starting to think of ways of displaying my portraits as I dont want them to just be merely placed on a wall without something containing them. After drawing different ways they could be displayed, I think I am going to go with traditional frames. This is simply because this is how most portraits are displayed, but in more traditional looking frames. My pieces will most likely look more modern and contemporary so to reflect this I will be placing them in more more modern frames.


I started looking at the work of Ed fairburn and was really intrigued by his use of irregular shapes and layering. I started playing around with this, first simply by filling in the whole shape of my brothers portrait with my chosen imagery and then getting more complex with cutting out random shapes and filling them in in different ways. 

Im using my brothers portrait for practicing various techniques and his is the most simple and easy to use. I really liked the outcome of this and I might expand on them further