Planning an Art Series: Part Two

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you have all had a great weekend. I know the weather in London has taken a dip in temperature. We have also been prepping for the arrival of my parents this Friday! (!!!) But anyhow, for the final part of the Art Planning Series… I hope everyone is ready for a lot of sketching. There are two key aspects to the final part of the series. One is Sketching, and two is Making.

Sketching

It may start with a silly doodle in your diary, on the side of meeting minutes, or even on a napkin you got with a Chinese, but a simple doodle could be the start of something amazing! To me, doodling is when your mind lets go and your hands take control of the creative process for a moment. I think an important part of planning an art series is turning doodles to sketches. Often times, when you’ve been thinking about create a series of work, those thoughts will leak from your subconscious and onto paper in the form of doodles.

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However, it will soon be time for you take back control from your hand and transform your doodles into full fledge sketches. Sketching is such a huge part of being an artist (any kind of creator, really), and it is even more important when you are planning an art series. By spending the time to really sketch (a lot), and create many ideas for and around a theme, it allows you pick your best ideas to later refine and execute into the final pieces of your series.

 

Making

On to the final step! You’ve made it this far, you are ready to start making the pieces for your art series! You have gathered all the materials you want to use to create your series and you have done so much sketching that moving on to canvas or linoleum feels like a dream.

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So many photos like this on my phone

This step should be easy, but as I mentioned in Part One, a series can easily run away from you. Keep your reference images and sketches near you while you are making. Though this is a fluid process and you can switch between projects within the series, or even switch between series, it is important to remember what you are doing when you stopped. I normally do this by taking loads of WIPs (Work in Progress pics). Most importantly to remember during this project/series/works is to enjoy it.

An art series can be long, short, easy, painful- it is whatever you make of it. So have fun and do not let stress or anxiety about what you are making overwhelm you. Art is about expressing yourself, not forcing yourself to suffer for it.

What are some of your favourite Art Series?

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