The research journal has been an essential part of the course and of my development as an illustrator and artist. Sometimes it has been a bit of a pain having to keep on top of it, but mostly it has given me a great deal of insight into my work and the things which interest me, both in terms of my practice and my theoretical work.
Here are a few pages ...
After almost two years, I now have 7 books and a thorough record of my work as it has developed and all the artists, films, writers, animators and bookmakers who have inspired me along the way. It also contains my ramblings on life and my gripes and frustrations as I have struggled over the occasional hurdle.
This then, is the next stage ... To take that journal out of the privacy of my studio and my tutors' office and to put it out into the public domain where I can share what inspires me and show the things I am working on. It is a strange transition, and I will miss the comfort of pen and paper, but as I approach the end of the course, I realise how important it is for me to keep the discipline of researching and recording alive, and I have decided that this new, fresh approach is the way forward.
I hope all my posts won't be quite as dry as this one and I look forward to sharing my artistic world with you.
So ... Welcome to my blog!