StArt Up: Top Arts 2015

Folio: Emerson Zandegu – VCE Art

Criterion 1

Exploration of personal ideas through a conceptual and practical investigation in art-making

Emerson began his folio by completing several concept maps of thoughts and ideas to draw upon over the year. These related to themes that involved an individual’s search for true identity, love and acceptance. He created lists of possible ideas, making connections between a range of areas of interest, including various narrative structures.

Criterion 1

Exploration of personal ideas through a conceptual and practical investigation in art-making

Emerson began his folio by completing several concept maps of thoughts and ideas to draw upon over the year. These related to themes that involved an individual’s search for true identity, love and acceptance. He created lists of possible ideas, making connections between a range of areas of interest, including various narrative structures.

Criterion 1

Emerson also sought inspiration from a number of comic artists and researched digital design and gaming group Supergiant Games, whose work was relevant to his own. He prepared quirky, sensitive small drawings to explore his ideas and annotated these with reflections using the language of the Analytical Frameworks. At various stages, Emerson re-evaluated his thematic approach and identified areas for further exploration.

Criterion 1

Emerson also sought inspiration from a number of comic artists and researched digital design and gaming group Supergiant Games, whose work was relevant to his own. He prepared quirky, sensitive small drawings to explore his ideas and annotated these with reflections using the language of the Analytical Frameworks. At various stages, Emerson re-evaluated his thematic approach and identified areas for further exploration.

Criterion 2

The progressive development and refinement of ideas and concepts demonstrated in the body of work

Emerson investigated solutions to demonstrate different interpretations of his ideas through a series of drawings that developed various characters, narratives and stylistic approaches to visual imagery and text that he had identified in his initial explorations. He documented in written and visual form the development of his ideas and skills, as he progressively consolidated his materials, techniques and formal elements.

Criterion 2

The progressive development and refinement of ideas and concepts demonstrated in the body of work

Emerson investigated solutions to demonstrate different interpretations of his ideas through a series of drawings that developed various characters, narratives and stylistic approaches to visual imagery and text that he had identified in his initial explorations. He documented in written and visual form the development of his ideas and skills, as he progressively consolidated his materials, techniques and formal elements.

Criterion 2

Emerson refined his final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. He provided evidence of this through extensive storyboarding and by considering a wide range of design options for his comic book, Dullahan. Emerson carefully reworked his ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

Criterion 2

Emerson refined his final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. He provided evidence of this through extensive storyboarding and by considering a wide range of design options for his comic book, Dullahan. Emerson carefully reworked his ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

Criterion 2

Emerson refined his final pieces through a comprehensive planning process. He provided evidence of this through extensive storyboarding and by considering a wide range of design options for his comic book, Dullahan. Emerson carefully reworked his ideas and designs to achieve great conceptual depth and sophistication.

Criterion 3

Exploration, investigation and experimentation of materials, techniques, processes and art forms and in the development of related technical skills

Emerson experimented with, explored and applied a range of materials, techniques and processes relevant to his personal ideas, including the use of watercolour, ink and digital media. He used different methods of applying media to explore ways to improve its effectiveness and developed a very high level of technical skill throughout the body of work.

Criterion 3

Exploration, investigation and experimentation of materials, techniques, processes and art forms and in the development of related technical skills

Emerson experimented with, explored and applied a range of materials, techniques and processes relevant to his personal ideas, including the use of watercolour, ink and digital media. He used different methods of applying media to explore ways to improve its effectiveness and developed a very high level of technical skill throughout the body of work.

Criterion 3

Emerson documented in written and visual form the application of materials and techniques, providing insightful evidence of his knowledge and of the step-by-step process of completing his final artworks. He also investigated how other artists applied materials and used processes relevant to his own intentions.

Criterion 3

Emerson documented in written and visual form the application of materials and techniques, providing insightful evidence of his knowledge and of the step-by-step process of completing his final artworks. He also investigated how other artists applied materials and used processes relevant to his own intentions.

Criterion 4

Understanding, application and manipulation of visual language and formal qualities in art making

Emerson selected visual responses to best express his ideas, through a continuity of artistic style and through the sensitive use of colour, line, space and other elements and principles of art. He considered the effect of formal elements in his creative responses and developed a highly effective personal visual language.

Criterion 4

Understanding, application and manipulation of visual language and formal qualities in art making

Emerson selected visual responses to best express his ideas, through a continuity of artistic style and through the sensitive use of colour, line, space and other elements and principles of art. He considered the effect of formal elements in his creative responses and developed a highly effective personal visual language.

Criterion 4

Through his drawings and designs, Emerson investigated a wide range of variations of his themes. He also made highly effective compositional decisions through a process of consolidating, refining and resolving various layout and formal options in the final work.

Criterion 4

Through his drawings and designs, Emerson investigated a wide range of variations of his themes. He also made highly effective compositional decisions through a process of consolidating, refining and resolving various layout and formal options in the final work.

Criterion 4

Through his drawings and designs, Emerson investigated a wide range of variations of his themes. He also made highly effective compositional decisions through a process of consolidating, refining and resolving various layout and formal options in the final work.

Criterion 4

Through his drawings and designs, Emerson investigated a wide range of variations of his themes. He also made highly effective compositional decisions through a process of consolidating, refining and resolving various layout and formal options in the final work.

Criterion 5

Reflective annotation and documentation of working practices that use art language and selected Analytical Frameworks

Emerson created a key at the start of his folio using comic characters, which identified the specific Analytical Frameworks. Throughout the entire body of work, he thoroughly and consistently provided evidence of having selected and utilised the Analytical Frameworks most relevant to reflecting upon his thinking and working practices. Emerson’s annotations described his work, analysed the effects of his choices of visual language and materials relevant to his conceptual focus, and evaluated the successes and challenges as he progressed and resolved his final pieces.

Criterion 6

Resolution of ideas, directions and/or personal concepts in a body of work that includes at least two finished artworks

Emerson showed evidence of very imaginative resolution of thinking and working practices in the presentation of his finished artworks, which demonstrated a high level of visual language and technical skills.

Criterion 6

Resolution of ideas, directions and/or personal concepts in a body of work that includes at least two finished artworks

Emerson showed evidence of very imaginative resolution of thinking and working practices in the presentation of his finished artworks, which demonstrated a high level of visual language and technical skills.

Criterion 6

His body of work presents a connected relationship between investigation and finished artworks and well-articulated reflection on the progressive development and refinement of personal ideas, concepts and directions, from the initial exploratory work through to their resolution. Emerson reflected upon his entire body of work, including the finished pieces, through insightful critical evaluations that used the language of the Analytical Frameworks.

Criterion 6

His body of work presents a connected relationship between investigation and finished artworks and well-articulated reflection on the progressive development and refinement of personal ideas, concepts and directions, from the initial exploratory work through to their resolution. Emerson reflected upon his entire body of work, including the finished pieces, through insightful critical evaluations that used the language of the Analytical Frameworks.

Criterion 6

His body of work presents a connected relationship between investigation and finished artworks and well-articulated reflection on the progressive development and refinement of personal ideas, concepts and directions, from the initial exploratory work through to their resolution. Emerson reflected upon his entire body of work, including the finished pieces, through insightful critical evaluations that used the language of the Analytical Frameworks.