Michelle Brand
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Art Work

Edgar Degas' Choreography

Edgar Degas' Choreography

SIZE 200x50cm
MEDIUM Acrylic on canvas
PRODUCTION Student Work, Grammar School, 2012

The task for this piece of work was to take a relevant historical artwork and modernise it. My idea was to follow the invention of the camera in the times of the Impressionism and explore the famous studies of the instantaneous photographer Eadweard Muybridge, and the chronophotographer √Čtienne-Jules Marey. I modernised a ballerina from a famous painting by Degas, showing the choreography that might have occurred before she reached her final pose to the very right, the one that Degas originally captured.

Edgar Degas' Choreography - Sketch

Edgar Degas' Choreography - Sketch

Before starting to paint, I needed to study various ballerina choreographies in order to try and visualise what may have occurred before Degas captured the ballerina in the last pose. These early sketches show the rough wave of movement in a few keyframes.

Edgar Degas' Choreography - Movement Studies

Edgar Degas' Choreography - Movement Studies

A few studies on movement and the flow of the line, since the concentration lay on capturing the choreography in expressive brushstrokes. Working on this painting was similar to animating, and being able to capture movement in only a few simple lines is something I will always need to improve on.

Edgar Degas' Choreography - Details

Edgar Degas' Choreography - Details

 Close-ups of the painting, showing how each figure flows into the next.

Edgar Degas' Choreography - Details

Edgar Degas' Choreography - Details

Further close-ups of the painting. On the far right, one can see the last of the dance movements, and the final pose, which is the one Degas originally painted.

Experimental Self-Portraits

Experimental Self-Portraits

SIZE 29.7x42cm
MEDIUM Mixed media, compiled digitally
PRODUCTION 2013

With a self-portrait photo as basis, I followed a lot of free-minded thought processes, and experimented with media in both the digital and traditional section. The results were diverse and the journey always unexpected. I enjoy this way of working when I need to find visual designs for a project.

City Impression

City Impression

SIZE 42x29.7
MEDIUM Watercolour and Ink
PRODUCTION 2012

A quick capture of a lively city.
 

Landscape Impression

Landscape Impression

SIZE 42x29.7cm
MEDIUM Watercolour
PRODUCTION 2013

A 30-minute colour impression captured during holiday.

Soap Sculpture

Soap Sculpture

SIZE A bar of soap
MEDIUM Soap
PRODUCTION Student Work, Grammar School, 2012

Within the small limits of a bar of soap, our task was to carve out a person in an expressive body position. This could be done either in form of "pars-pro-toto" or "non-finito". I was inspired by August Rodin and his very expressive sculpture surfaces which produce interesting games of light and shadow. In addition, I enjoyed the playful creation of the convex and concave forms of this very interesting medium.

Miniatures

Miniatures

SIZE 15x10cm (single image)
MEDIUM Ink on paper
PRODUCTION 2011

Small pictures of the Cologne Cathedral in Germany and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy.

Shell Collage

Shell Collage

SIZE 42x29.7cm
MEDIUM Mixed Media
PRODUCTION 2013

The shells are drawn from life with ink on transparent paper. Underneath is a newspaper collage, which should support the shells in content and form, setting a few highlights.