Differentiate (2016)

renee riotto studio arts unit 4 2016 Differentiate portrait artwork drawing

The complete artwork, Differentiate, 2016.

‘Differentiate’, is a series of five illustrative portraits, constructed from many different sized segments, to represent the haphazard nature of society. The people illustrated in the portraits represent some of the women in society. All the women depicted are different from one another; the portrait are illustrated at different angles, in different mediums, on different materials, with different techniques. This represents the individuality and uniqueness of each person.

renee riotto studio arts unit 4 2016 Differentiate portrait artwork drawing
The women, depicted in colour, represent the people that break the cycle of normality, by expressing their true individuality. Whereas, the women depicted in black and white, symbolise the people who fit within the order of society and do not freely reveal or express their individual ideas and identity. The portraits range from being very rough/sketchy; symbolising the uncertainty of people’s identity, to defined and realistic. The overall work is perplexing, inconsistent, ambiguous and complex, as this is how society truly is, despite the structure that people try to control, society is still in confusion and chaos.

renee riotto studio arts unit 4 2016 Differentiate portrait artwork drawing

An oil painting completed on canvas paper with no reference.

 

To draw each of the portraits, I started with a light pencil sketch of the outlines of the figures, then built up the layers of paint or pencil gradually. This built up the shapes, tone and detail in the works. Certain components such as the watercolour portrait and pastel portrait did not take as long to complete as the intended illustration was to be very loose and expressive, in contrast to the more accurate and realistic figures in the other drawing.

During the folio process, modifications were made to the number of segments in the work. The composition of the work was changed to have less segments, of a larger size. This was so that more attention to detail could be undertaken to each portrait. The artwork was also modified so that each portrait was individual with no sewing around the edges, to make the work have a more simplified aesthetic, although, the intended presentation of the work is still in the arrangement noted in the the folio and photographed in the final photos.

I have named the work ‘Differentiate’ as there is no true consistency in the final artwork, and the mediums, materials, techniques and process utilised in creating the artwork are so varied and different from each other. Also each female presented in the work is unique and different, not only in the physical construction of them, but from the slightly different moods and feelings that is evoked from viewing them.

renee riotto studio arts unit 4 2016 Differentiate portrait artwork drawing

The segment above was a portrait appropriated and inspired by Kate Powell. I chose to appropriate from Kate as I loved the way she was able to capture the emotion and feeling of openness in her drawing, something that I was not yet able to create.

The materials used for the various sized fragments included; white cartridge paper (components 2 and 5), blue Ingres paper (component 1), cream watercolour paper (component 3) and cream canvas paper (component 4). The mediums used included; oil paint (component 4), watercolour paint (component 3), grey lead pencils (components 2 and 5), coloured pencils (component 2), and soft pastels (component 1). I took reference photographs of females using a Nikon DSLR D3300 camera and a standard 18-55mm lens. The reference photos were obtained progressively throughout unit 4 and used for portrait component 5. I utilised Kate Powell’s work ‘I tried to draw my soul’ (2014) as a reference for the largest portrait, component 2. This is because her communicated ideas and meaning were directly relevant to the intentions of my own work; to fade into the background, to reveal your inner self, to feel overwhelmed, to be lost amongst your surroundings, to allow people to see your beauty, not only on the outside, but on the inside too.

renee riotto studio arts unit 4 2016 Differentiate portrait artwork drawing

Above, a watercolour portrait done with no references. I wanted to capture more of an emotion than capturing a particular person.

To draw each of the portraits, I started with a light pencil sketch of the outlines of the figures, then built up the layers of paint or pencil gradually. This built up the shapes, tone and detail in the works. Certain components such as the watercolour portrait and pastel portrait did not take as long to complete as the intended illustration was to be very loose and expressive, in contrast to the more accurate and realistic figures in the other drawing.

renee riotto studio arts unit 4 2016 Differentiate portrait artwork drawing

A pencil drawing a completed of my sister

During the folio process, modifications were made to the number of segments in the work. The composition of the work was changed to have less segments, of a larger size. This was so that more attention to detail could be undertaken to each portrait. The artwork was also modified so that each portrait was individual with no sewing around the edges, to make the work have a more simplified aesthetic, although, the intended presentation of the work is still in the arrangement noted in the the folio and photographed in the final photos.

One of three final works for VCE Studio Arts Unit 4, 2016.

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