“Listen to a piece of instrumental music by a musician such as:
- George Gershwin
- The Gypsy Kings
- Miles Davis
As you listen to the music create marks which convey your interpretation of the essence or mood of the piece. Work quickly and intuitively to bring a degree of self-expression to the exercise. Be selective in your use of materials, colours, marks and textures.”
My chosen musician was “Charlie Burg” and the song I listened to was “Lancaster nights”. Below is a video of the process of the illustration I created whilst listening to the song:
This was a really interesting yet challenging experience due to the fact that I only had 3 minutes to creat the illustration, therefore I had no time to plan the illustration, I had to go with the flow. Here is an image of the final illustration:
“Stand back from your worksheet and choose an adjective or word that you feel describes the tone of the piece. This is your interpretation and not a definition of it. Go through your drawings and choose a square area that you feel communicates the meaning of your chosen word and has visually interesting qualities.”
Below is the cropped part of the image which I chose the word “passion” to represent:
The yellow line looked like the profile of a woman so I started to develop that idea:
This illustration represents a woman smoking and the smoke of her cigarette becomes the night (as clouds and stars). I also wrote the tittle of the song to see how it would look as the song cover.
This exercise was really challenging, I am pleased with the end results but if I could start it again I would create a different image for the first brief. But on the other hand, I really enjoyed painting while listening to a song and representing what it makes me feel. I will definitely do this exercise on my free time again.