Victory is in the Kitchen! A little souvenir from the IWM London. Many I have spoken to find it very dull and monotonous, however, I found it quite attractive. Just something about the whole place, I really love. You walk in through large pillars and a grand doorway, air filled with a sense of nostalgia, heritage, and national belonging. Continuing through to a large room filled with planes, trucks, cannons, the whole shabang of vintage war; you think you’ve seen it all in one but the more you look the more you find extra little hidden beauties, scattered throughout the museum.
Here I have two pages on bravery in ordinary people. I really liked the fact the museum encourages bravery and that you don’t have to be famous to be bold and courageous.
The first page is about a man called William Robinson VC. He achieved his Victoria Cross by exploding a German Airship on the 2nd of September 1916, protecting the citizens of London from a whole 32 tons of bombs. This all took place in the sky whilst the people of London watched on from below. Cheers came from the onlookers as the ship fell from the sky, it is said you could hear the whole of London rejoicing and celebrating this one man’s act of service.
Page two consists of a painting by Gilbert Roberts called ‘Gassed’ (1919) I thought the placement of the painting in the museum gallery was very tactical. The whole room is square and white with a nude carpet and small pictures hanging, but the far wall is black with this massive painting on it. The man shown is painted almost life-size with sharp eyes on his mask. It is the first thing you see when walking into the room. When I walked in I literally took a step back in shock! I thought this picture is so powerful and instantly has an impact, it must be good! I have to draw it! Even as I was sketching I found it hard not to get upset, even just a little. I recommend you go and see it in the IWM, it really was astounding!!!!!!!
Initial sketch before the oil pastels…
This week we looked at the works of Joe Brainard and his ‘I remember’ book.
We were read a few of his little, erm ‘poems’? [I guess]. Then we used the way he wrote mini memories to write our own about the recent visits to the museums. With our newly formed remembrances, we then (of course) illustrated them in a small paper book. A mini book for our mini memories!
The first and last page where illustrated with my opposite hand, and we were very time constricted! Though it was good fun making our own little books and discovering you can annotate in more creative ways. Loved it!
* The memories that didn’t make the book*
I remember the beautiful cinema chairs in the Museum of London.
I remember climbing a lot, and I mean A LOT of stairs
I remember spilling my coffee on my drawing – the Dodo one!!!
I remember the amazing architecture of the ancient museum buildings
I have been a very busy bee – so far – and have managed to visit 5 museums in a week!
- The Museum of London
- The Imperial War Museum
- The Museum of Natural History
- The Victoria and Albert Museum
- The Science Museum
I will probably try and visit one or two more though I have a few favourites already!
*Coming soon* … SKETCHES, I will upload my recent drawings of the various items that catch my eye in the museum. Along with a tale or two of my ventures into London and the rain!
The title of our first project…
Whilst recently enrolling on the BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media course at London College of communication, I was given a booklet containing the details of three projects and was told their will also be a fourth 24 hour assignment in a few weeks. Two are solo and one is a group effort. Each of the briefs are different with different names, the first of which is titled ‘What is it?’.
Involving trips to at least five different museums in London, ‘What is it?’ will lead me to discover various interesting relics from our past, then whittle it down to just one. With this one, I will endeavour to uncover all that I possibly can; the history beneath and the effect surrounding the desired object, presenting it in a 12 page booklet of my studio experiments encompassing my research.
So far I have bought a sketchbook and made a list of the Museums that catch my eye, so now… visiting time!
^Victoria and Albert Museum on a very cloudy day.