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Example Documentation

Collage Portrait

In this Project, you should be con4nuing to explore your individual intui4ve ar4s4c
preferences, this 4me using a self-portrait as a subject.

In the rst instance, this involves crea4ng your range of mono-prints without thinking too
much about the process. Just responding, rather than thinking about the colours and
paDerns that you are crea4ng. The fact that this process is intui4ve should result in paDerns of
colour, tone and brushstroke that are yours and yours alone.

You could, and may, begin this project by tearing and cuGng paDerns from magazines, in the
same way as you did for Project 1.

Here are some examples of mono-prints:

Now to make a face!

This will be the basis of you PROJECT 2

Take your mono prints, tear them up, cut them, rip them.

Now collage them into a face, this term is used loosely as it will be an abstract
version of a face. You will be making a portrait.

This collage need not be correctly proporJoned or anatomically accurate, but
should be recognisable as portrait in some way.

This is my portrait collage;

my Project Two

As you develop your artwork, try to
concentrate on the expression of mood,
feeling and character more than correctness
or creaJng an accurate likeness. Colour,
texture, paNern, line, tone and brushstroke
should be the elements creaJng the visual
impact, rather than the picture.

Take sequenJal photos as you develop/
create your collage.

When it is nished, you should be able to
explain how your collage - especially its
colour, texture, paNern, line, tone and
brushstroke - expresses a parJcular mood or

Here I have photographed my collage and

imported it into Photoshop.

I have adjusted the tonality and colour, and
cropped it also.

The original image/collage looked a bit to dark
and gloomy, and I didnt see that as
represen4ng my personality. The colours are
brighter and stronger, and the complementary
contrasts of green and red heighten the
expressiveness in the artwork.

Next its up to you!

The next step is to use Photoshop to overlay a photograph of yourself with

your collage.

Simply cut and paste the two images into the same le. You can adjust the
transparency of the layers using the opacity slide in the top right corner of
the layers menu.

This process seems to work best when the photo layer is underneath the
collage layer, then you adjust the opacity of the collage. You can also stretch,
move and distort the collage more easily to make it t the face it is

This project is more about allowing the abstract elements of the collage do
the expressive work in the composiJon. Its not so much about realisJc
appearances. Its the formal/abstract elements that should be expressing
something of your personality, not so much the picture itself.


Here is one example of an arrange face with the portrait

before it is merged together

Now to experiment.

You should devise a number of experiments (minimum 6) with your portrait.

Use a range of media paint, pencil, black ne-liner, etc. To begin each variaJon,
play freely with the image, allowing myself to respond intuiJvely. You can enhance
some parts, so that the collage and photo merge more into one image.

These experiments will be PROJECT 2

PROJECT 3 will be one nished portrait you feel is your strongest.

Here are some examples of students worked

adapted and re-worked for each image in a
dierent way . Your job is to look for ways of
accentuaJng the expression of a parJcular
character/personality that you have.

Here are some examples of a nished

piece for Artwork 3.