Sara’s talk was about what is, why is and how to visually research and how to document our work as well as the Do’s and Don’ts of visual researching and a load of very useful websites to look at, all in relation to our blogs. As an introduction to blogging about our journey through the year and documenting everything within it, it was extremely useful and helpful.
She spoke about how visual research maps and illustrates our process and makes something visual out of the idea in your head in order to show others your idea, make your thinking visual. We research visually to have it in front of us so we can develop it further. It helps others understand and helps everyone can access that idea. This was interesting because I can remember many times when I haven’t been able to express my idea across to someone, needing visual aid to make sure they could understand what I was saying. So a big message from the talk was: Stop just talking about ideas and visualise them!
We were encouraged to keep everything of our work, to never throw any of it away, always record everything, photograph everything, annotate, draw, film, write etc. and then arrange and edit to go through it all – make blogging part of your natural creative process.
Sara told us when thinking of how to document your work we should ask ourselves all sorts of questions to determine how you want to show/document your process, development and work. Questions such as how are you going to photograph things/objects/posters/books etc. How will it be curated on your blog?
Think about Light
Think about background
Think about detail
Think about function
Some do’s and don’ts mentioned:
- Do take plenty of photos
- Write down scary facts
- Make elaborate typographic signs
- Make short animations
- Draw intelligently
- Draw Roughly
- Make charts in different colours
- Annotate everything when it’s fresh in your mind
- Don’t print out everything
- Make 10 versions
- Don’t do work ‘in the style of’ other artists, take inspiration from them and state how and in what way it’s relevant to your work – Be inspired, do not copy!
- Make quiet little observations
- Use quiet wit
Some websites recommended to look at:
littlescrapsofpaper.com, eekes.com, mmaattiillddaa.com