A sense of Childhood, an A* coursewwork submission by Mohamad Anoof Ibrahim
This is an A* CIE IGCSE's coursework submission receiving 92%. Anoof who studied at Mutiara International Grammar School in Malaysia looked at portraiture and used his little cousins as inspiration for his project. His work also explored analytical cubism and the work of Albert Gleizes and Jean Metzinger. He also looked at other artists separate to cubism such as Mark Powell and the use of paper as a ground and Janet Fish as he saw a correlation between her realistic work and analytical cubism.
A close up of Anoof's study from the work of Mark Powell. In addition to using pen Anoof also combined pen with acrylic washes and coloured pencil enabling him to add either midtones or highlights depending on the ground. Anoof received A* in IGCSE's.
Anoof was inspired by the fractured light when visiting a cathederal in Antwerp as it reminded him of the geometric shapes seen in analytical cubism so starting with a realistic study from the statue of the virgin and child he did a close up study of the child using oil pastels with strong geometric shapes accentuated with the bright colours that exaggerated the shines on the metal statue.
Anoof wanted to experiment with different grounds and loved the work of Mark Powell especially his portraiture. He was fascinated by all the folds of skin he saw in the study of the old man. However he moved back to some study's of his cousin and worked with pen, pencil and coloured pencil. he also introduced some paint applied in very thin washes that still allowed the underlying grounds to be visible.
In this page Anoof further examines cubism using oil pastel and acrylic. He started with a study from the work of Albert Gleizes and then looking at Picasso's method of breaking objects into smaller simpler shapes and lines he tried this with a picture from one of the statues he saw in Antwerp. He also tried another study of the child statue.
This is Anoof's final piece. he has merged some of Mark powells techniques by adding paper segments to the base that had stamps and stamp marks. He used colour pencil and acrylic washes to capture the childs face, jam jar and teddy bear. The background and the childs t shirt and arm were completed using analytical cubism.
Inspired by the work of Jean Metzinger, Anoof did a study from his portrait of his wife. Then drawing from his friend in Art class he drew a realistic portrait in pencil and used this study to create a cubist study. He combined the figure of his friend with the background from Metzingers work.
In the final support sheet Anoof explored a variety of possible compositions using small sketches. He considered a few grounds such as envelopes with stamps, combining images to make compositions and also explored a variety of colour schemes.
Anoof moved away from cubism and took a look at the work of Janet Fish. He tried coloured pencils for these studies. Inspired by the shines on the bunch of bananas inside a plastic bag he recognised elements of analytical cubism in the geometric shapes he saw on the folds of the plastic bag. Setting up a similar still life arrangement, Anoof did a study from a bag of grapes and exagerated the many geometric patterns he could see.