CTS, 4.2.

Where is illustration?

We’ve spent the morning session discussing where and what illustration can be, as well as talking about the thinking processes behind illustration, or art in general.
Addressing mind as a variety of mental processes, as well as mentioning terms like neuroesthetics, externalism, etc.
We did an exercise in a pair to explore these thinking processes. Each person was supposed to draw a continuous line. Each time continuing where the other one stopped – all this without talking. In the end, each person wrote a letter, which in some cases resulted in words.


Presentation skills

Afternoon session we’ve talked about presentation skills. Not only what a power point is (a toll, nonetheless), but in what way does our body language affect the connection with the audience and how proper posture and some simple exercises can positively affect our work.

As a task for our blogs we’ve been give an instruction to make a quick sketch of the CTS session last week.

This is what I remember – Andrew sitting on the floor, surrounded by the tables, talking about power points, posture, casually mentioning stilettos and asking us to say ‘bubbles’. I see no point to write down what would make a good presentation, but saying simply – Andrew’s classes demonstrate that perfectly. He’s manged to achieve a great thing – getting and keeping our attention, connecting with his audience – which is in this case Guava and approaching us on a personal basis, which in any presentation results in audiences’ devoted attention.


‘Bubbles, everyone say bubbles!’

I’ve drawn it from my memory, so sorry Andrew if I don’t do you any justice.

Darkroom experimentation

I’ve used a cut-out of a letter O, cardboard, clear acrylic, random metal pieces to get the template. After developer, photo was dipped in fix for a short period of time and afterwards exposed to artificial light to get the pink color. (A3)


This was a failed experiment of 3 seconds light exposure usage, for around 6 times, every time moving a piece from the template I created. This resulted in an extremely dark photo. For the template I’ve used a plastic dinosaur, plastic glove, a piece of clear acrylic and some cardboard to block the light from the corners of the image. (A4)


With this photo I’ve only used developer and exposed the image to artificial light. It wasn’t successful whatsoever, as I expected to get a sepia effect on the lighter bits of the image. (A4)



Note to self:
stop – blue
fix – pink (exposed to light gives sepia)
negative – put another piece of paper on top of the image using water and expose for 3 minutes

Studio update (sketchbook work)


Gregor Samsa (waking up as a giant cockroach) : ‘What is this sorcery?’

Franz Kafka (putting on the ‘deal with it’ glasses) : ‘Bureaucracy.’

Gregor, son, you just got schooled by Kafka!

Dad jokes (sort of), ha.

This is one of the initial manifestos I researched. At least I thought this might be considered a manifesto because of the harsh critique and bold statements Kafka makes towards bureaucracy.

The most fascinating thing about this work is the transformation of Gregor Samsa – a travelling salesman to a giant cockroach, where all of his senses are muted besides hearing – which is essentially where Kafka makes a statement in regards to music and art being means of liberation – and in Metamorphosis the only things keeping Gregor human (ized) .

I challenged the idea of a manifesto as something visual, rather than it just being a written constitution or a set of rules, as it might be viewed usually.

CTS, 21.01.

Western lives matter more.

When written down, doesn’t it seem fundamentally racist and ignorant? Well, this is exactly what mainstream media is serving to us. Ideology behind this is dangerous and must be revealed. Flashback to Paris terror attacks – french flags as profile pictures, grief, national monuments of many countries hiving french colors. 12 January 2016, Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district was under attack of a suicide bomber. It was barely covered by mainstream media. 10 people died. 

This week in CTS session we discussed illustration in relation to violence – talking about different types of journalism and role of illustration in reporting, mentioning artists like E.H. Shepard, Edward Bawden, Olivier Kugler, etc. Following the thought of illustration being one of ways of reporting, we watched a virtual reality video about three children affected by war in their home countries – The Displaced. Video sparked emotional reactions from students.

I found it extremely ironical and hypocritical that it took a virtual reality experience to spark a grain of compassion with people from third world countries. Isn’t it brilliantly funny that this video, using children is shown to Westerns in the comfort of their home, when just recently UK decided to bomb Syria? Conveniently enough, Syria is exactly one of home countries of one of the children in the video.

After Paris terror attack it took only saying and mentioning the event and people would feel discomfort. And any other country, whose nationality isn’t a privilege and a virtue – a virtual reality experience and capitalization of children?

Let’s put hypocrisy aside. Where was our compassion when UK decided to bomb Syria? Where is our compassion now when thousands of people in UK are being terrorized with racism because of their religion? Where is our compassion for students affected by the bigot ‘Prevent’ law, causing discomfort for many.