Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Illustration Friday: PROTEST

This week Illustration Friday's topic was PROTEST. I thought hard about this one as I didn't want to go for obvious ideas. I've done that before and wanted to stretch my imagination. I didn't want to paint some horrendous scene about Turkey or Egypt like in the news right now - I think we have enough visuals of that on television...instead, I went with a bit of a teacher's rant. For those of you who do not know, I teach art and design at a high school and our Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, is not a popular character. Now, he is a politician and being unpopular is generally one of the points on the person specification, however it is Gove's ideas that have got the teaching community riled up!
I'll keep it short as there are lots of articles and videos out in internetshire you can read and watch should you choose to, but my own PROTEST came about when Gove says that knowledge is the most important and should be taught in schools as a priority and pupils should learn facts and figures - of course understanding and creative thinking come very low down is seems. Hence this week's Illustration Friday protest is my take on 'facts and figures: Fax and (action) Figures.

While I was drawing these, seemingly odd things to be placed next to one another I decided to create a pattern as though it were for wallpaper or something. The effect was pretty cool!

Hope you enjoyed this week's Illustration Friday Topic, see you in a week or so!

Thanks...comments welcome!

UPDATE (already??)
I have submitted this piece to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's current hitRECord TV project RE: Patterns...let's hope this particular record of mine makes it onto his show! See the details here:

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