Barbican Evaluation

Overall this project has been enjoyable. I’ve loved all of the exploring and creating, although drawing 400+ images (however fast I drew them) was a mammoth task. I found the urge to refine the lines and shapes hard to resist. I don’t finish sketches often, unless I’ve decided they’re important to final pieces, but I do like my work, once it is finished, to look neat and polished.

This project has been more free to expression, just as the Barbican allows people to express themselves through their lives there. I’ve found lately that my work is quite related to expression, probably derived from an early love of impressionism. I get so much enjoyment from that 19th century art movement, the excitement of new technologies and paint you could take outside. Eventhough their paintings are a lot more precise, the same fast brush strokes and spontanious doccumentation of the surroundings apply to this project.

The things I would improve upon would be to extend the animation by including more of the plantation from the Barbican. I only partly experimented drawing the greenery of the place in my sketch book and decided against including it initially as I felt the plants distracted from the lines of the architecture; although a part of me knew that the plants where the architecture too, I still felt I wasn’t able to capture them in my drawings in a way that blended together with the drawings that had no plants. I believe with more experimentation and time I could find a way to include the nature in the Barbican that would be a good addition to the animation, being able to represent more than the highwalks and rounded building references to the old castle.

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