The tutorial today was on a 121 basis. On this occasion, I found this far more valuable in terms of looking at the refinement of my theme/concept. Building upon my feedback from the group session, I began to discuss with Fo some of the issues I was facing.


  1. Clarify keywords, allowing a coherent understanding of my concept.
  2. Filter colour scheme to include more contrast.
  3. Which visual research to incorporate/subtract within Concept Board.


Having the ability to discuss ideas with Fo on a 121 basis allowed me the opportunity to understand the strengths and weaknesses of my work.


  1. A rich and diverse amount of visual research to choose from when deciding which elements I could choose to incorporate within my concept board and contextual research.
  2. Development of a rich and cohesive colour palette.
  3. A varied amount of artist/designer research to inform my ongoing creative practice.


  1. Difficulty in decision making when looking at imagery to incorporate on concept board.
  2. Muddy interpretation of keywords within my concept.
  3. Inability to include imperfect ideas can often stagnate an organic working process.


No procrastination! I will endeavour to keep to an organised, yet flexible working structure. By allotting certain days of the week to certain disciplines within my course such as visual research, contextual research, DCC, CAD, and concept development I will allow myself the time and resources necessary to create a rich and balanced body of work.

  1. Selection of my favourite/most interesting photographs, which will be deconstructed into colour palettes.
  2. Colour matching from visual research and photographs.
  3. Take time to evaluate visual research to inform core colours.
  4. Welcome the unexpected colour.
  5. Explore colour. Look at harmonising/contrasting colours and how they interact with each other.
  6. Paint 20 A5 sheets of cartridge paper with a chosen colour palette.
  7. Explore colour through pattern and juxtaposition.

Extremely excited to begin the next step within my creative journey.





Today was my first opportunity to discuss my chosen theme and how I had tackled the pre-arrival task through a range of marking-making, observational drawing, and contextual research.

The tutorial was structured in a way that a group of my fellow students and I would discuss our chosen theme and how we had each chosen to tackle it. Initially, I thought the idea of showing my work within a group to be rather daunting but in hindsight, it was a really fantastic way to bounce new ideas around that as individuals we may not have contemplated yet.


  1. How do I refine my Concept Board?
  2. How do I intertwine my visual and contextual research via Powerpoint?
  3. Which elements within my visual research should I choose that amalgamate coherently within my theme?


The feedback received was overwhelmingly positive. My blog will serve as a way to reflect upon each tutorial, which in turn will allow me to keep an easily accessible account of my progress throughout my time @ Nottingham Trent University.


  1. Begin to think of a working title for my concept.
  2. Create a glossary of words, which will help inform my concept.
  3. Demonstrate personal interests.
  4. Look at colour, pattern, textures, and tone. Group together in individual aesthetics.
  5. Explore theme through harmony and contrast.
  6. Expand visual research through mark-making, photography, and observational drawing.
  7. Look closely at the relationship between movement, rhythm, and kinetics.
  8. Reflect progress through each workshop, tutorial, SDS, contextual and visual research.


Set up Powerpoint to create a rich and varied Contextual Research File.