The first day was rather split between the practical side and the excitement of being able to start on the wall which i have been planning for about a month. i had been shown a video created by the last student of my course, who had created a stop motion animation of the process their work evolved, to make my own version i set up a camera and tripod to use throughout the week. i had a few problems with the medium that i chosen but after a few trips to the local art supply shop i managed to find a type of marker that sorted my purpose.
I was delighted that i had already started to see animals in the lines, but for now i simply marked were they were to go into more detail later. I had the thought to use a similar method by erasing some lines on the wall to create space so I can go back over it. I want my work to have more of a process and journey. I started to even out the whole collections of lines, as i had been focused on the lines i hadn't paid much attention to the larger shape and spaces on the wall.
Today was setting up the lighting and i was very excited to be able to have control over something like this, which wasn't something i had been able to before. I came up with a loose plan of drawing 5 lines with markers across the wall, trying to split up the largest areas. Then taking away 5 lines with white paint from the most concentrated spots. This way i would be constantly moving the shapes around and revealing new images.
i spoke to a few people including my tutor about the work and got a lot of advise that it would look better if the lines were extended to the very edge of the wall. This is what i had planned to do it gradually but since this was the last night i started drawing on the left over space. I wanted to use different thickness of pen to make the lines have a bit more verity and merge in with the central patterns.
During opening night i left out a pot of pens with a signs saying "take a pen and draw what you see in the lines". It was very successful with people going back and forth the whole night, there was always someone at the wall and it was lot of fun seeing the new pictures that appeared.