University Fine Art Portfolio

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“Je ne regrette rien”

[Before I write anything I would like to clarify that my portfolio, and the examples given, are NOT to be taken as absolute guidelines. Hopefully the diversity of work will put your mind at rest, and open you up to your own work.] 
 

Hello wondrous universe!

(I did not wish to make this a silly post however, the video below accurately sums up the previous month for me – minus the hair removal.)


Seeing as I had my Eye of the Tiger moment, I thought I would share the portfolio which carved this, perhaps solitary, path.

Things go wrong.

When they do, it’s nice to get torn to pieces when you are still young – there is less to re-draw.

From studying Architecture for a year at Newcastle I realised that my love for Art was getting in the way of full devotion to my course. Every lecture inspired me more and more to embark on my own projects, and to implement the theories studied to my own art.

Sometimes the way I responded to the Architectural briefs was not necessarily spacial, perhaps more abstract responses would fit better than a dwelling or space.

Nevertheless, I was very much in denial and could not face up to a course transfer. I did not wish to bring shame to my family.

Nearing the end of the academic year I went to visit the 1st year undergraduate’s work in Fine Art. There was something missing. Me.

[Eye of the Tiger plays whilst I rush to make a portfolio in two weeks]

MY PORTFOLIO AND SUGGESTIONS

As I had not come from foundation, I used the work from my 1st year in Architecture almost in its place.

This was important, to show more recent work, than just work from A-levels.

Use the information given by the university to know what they want you to show them. For me there was a focus on self-directed work, variety of materials and approaches, and work from observation.

Ask your teachers. Get multiple opinions, they may see a different light to your work.

I did not know how much I was meant to submit so after researching online it seems something between 20 – 30 pieces/pages was the norm. Though, I did not worry too much if I deviated from this.

Think about the structure of your work. Do you feel a natural rhythm within your work? Is there a progression? – Or a flow?

I started with what I felt was my strongest piece, and ended with my 2nd strongest piece. Between this I placed work so it would flow and be read how I wanted it to be read. This is very subjective and depends on your work.

My portfolio was A1 sized and in plastic sleeves. I also included a small A6 sketchbook with personal drawings and musing.

My portfolio was a great success and I am glad I took the plunge.

Enjoy.

Life drawing and ‘We All Have Choices’ film

'Marry Me' film and (untitled) film

‘Marry Me’ film and (untitled) film

Select images from my personal workbook

Select images from my personal workbook

Select pages from 1st year undergraduate Architecture

Select pages from 1st year undergraduate Architecture

Experiential drawing of St. Nicholas and screen prints of Whitby Abbey

Experiential drawing of St. Nicholas and screen prints of Whitby Abbey

Life sculpture and drawings

Life sculpture and drawings

Architectural photos and personal digital work

Architectural photos and personal digital work

EPQ (extended project qualification) artefact, 'Gender and Sexuality in Japanese Art' essay and related painting

EPQ (extended project qualification) artefact, ‘Gender and Sexuality in Japanese Art’ essay and related painting

Restraint photography

Chasity belt and night terrors photography

Chasity belt and night terrors photography

‘The Paradoxical Nature of Sleep Paralysis’ drawing

The last bit of advice I can give is to have something to talk about.

Before the interview I knew that every piece above would give me much to talk about. Preparing for the interview involved me getting excited about everything that has inspired me recently. I pulled out the books/graphic novels I had been reading and reflecting on the galleries I had been to.

Thus the interview was me bouncing off the walls with my love for art, and for life. It worked for me.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Portfolio Advice – Along with videos and further advice for applying at different levels, such as postgraduate course.

Digital Portfolio –  Lovely work paired with a talented student.

Digital Portfolio – Exceptional work.

8 Portfolio Examples – All students from foundation applying to various universities.

will to survive

FINE ART, HERE I COME!

LittleMissNoface x+x+x

Why I am Here (a note to strays of the undying web)

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Hello wonderful people!

I thought a good starter-post would be to explain what I am going to be throwing out there and perhaps why.

With my A-level results pending in Art, Maths, Product Design and Physics I can most definitely say my thoughts are quite preoccupied with failure. However the recent event of me turning 18 has zapped this (freckled, bruised-eyed, tea-dependent) student into a state of panic: only 0<52.34521 years to go… My hopes for the near future are for Architecture at university, yet my biggest hope is to learn how to do things – real things. Through this blog I wish to look at, art, gender and sexuality, scientific innovation, the future, empathy, sadness, anxiety etc. Quite a mix-bag, though I swear they will come together.

ART

The Masked Dream – LittleMissNoface

Looking forward I can imagine my posts being primarily about art. Expect me to post my own art, techniques, advice and some artwork recommendations. I am particularly interested by concept driven pieces which allow the medium to vary greatly! From dance to acrylic inks to gouache to film!

Some of my favourite artists include Takato Yamamoto, Tejal Shah, Hans Bellmer, Merce Cunningham and Suehiro Maruo.

If there is something which you are struggling with message me and I might do a post or point you in the right direction.

GENDER + SEXUALITY

Gender Binary

I enjoy filling my brain with the latest science journals and theories, though I also take an interest in past ideas, such as Postgenderism. Currently I am reading a rather interest book: ‘Like a Virgin‘ by Aarathi Prasad, her idea is strangely intriguing.

Two areas of interest which I seem to read the most about are gender and sexuality. I wish to post ideas for discussion and also try to bring higher amounts of science into the discussion of gender and sexuality. Not just of humans but for animal sexuality too, seeing how this affects the species and the linkage to intelligent life.

SCIENCE + INNOVATION

My design for a renewable energy sculpture for East Park in Hull. Done in Google Sketch-up.

My design for a renewable energy sculpture for East Park in Hull. Done in Google Sketch-up.

When studying design in my Product Design lessons I have become increasing concerned by the role of the designer. All designers are in such a position of power and hold so much responsibility and influence over their target market, and society. With this in mind I look to myself and wonder if I ever look at the bigger picture. The posts I make here should try help people open their eyes beyond themselves, to be empathetic and take a step away from your life to see if you are spending your time wisely. Life is so short and we are all so small.

I will probably do a post soon on evaluating how you spend your time in a typical week and enable you to see if this is how you wish to spend your life and give suggestions on how to cut out pointless things.

SADNESS

“From truth and beauty to comfort and happiness.”

‘Brave New World’ – Aldous Huxley

Chastity Belt – LittleMissNoface.

You see those people who seem to be living in eternal ecstasy, always happy, always content. After many attempts I have realised I will never be one of them…

Years of trying to attain this lifestyle has left me drained and continually unfulfilled, and well deeper in this ‘pit of sadness’. I concluded that it was time for me to accept, and embrace the depressed me…

The quote above is from the book ‘Brave New World‘, an amazing book, which really sums up one of the book’s major themes: truth cannot coexist with contentment. Being in dark places urges and impels you to search for the light, it drives you, and without the contentment you become hungry for something more. It leaves gaping voids for passion and greedy ambition.  

So here I am to tell you that swimming in pits of melancholy is not something to be ashamed of! (Assuming that you do of course, otherwise good luck with being content.) Sorrow can be a great asset if you use it just right and I look forward to showing you how.

Nevertheless, dealing with sadness, anxiety can be horrible and especially if alone! I want to be here for serious discussion and perhaps someone to talk to about issues or feeling low!

Contradictions in my mouth

Contradictions in my mouth

That’s what I’ll be diving into so I hope something will be there to interest you!

Bye-bye must run,

LittleMissNoface +x+x+

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