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Throughout you should demonstrate care for your equipment, and a good working knowledge of it. Within the pieces of work you produce for this badge, you should include at least three of the following techniques:

Use of Perspective

Shading

Tonality

Colour Mixing

Preliminary Sketches

Use of various Support Medium (paper, board, etc)

Use of a variety of Computer Software Packages

Clause 1 a. Produce a portfolio of at least 4 pieces of your own work which EITHER a. Explore a single theme in a variety of media (Wash & Ink, Charcoal, Pencil, Watercolour, Felt Tip, Acrylic, Oils, Clay, Wood etc) OR

As a person who is not very artistic, though I'm quite crafty but I always use patterns, I have decided to explore a single theme, shapes. As a child I enjoyed colouring the Altair books trying to pick different patterns out of the same designs using various colours. I will find this challenging and hopefully it will suit my artistic talents as I will be able to use various tools such as rulers and a compass. At least one design will be completed on a PC. I hope it that it won't be considered cheating if I print the designs from the PC and colour them in using different techniques. Click here to view my portfolio.

Pattern 1 drawn using paint shop pro. I found it difficult to get the lines completely straight and the angles correct, but I got there in the end. This is a 'preliminary sketch' that I have used for some of the other patterns and have not filled or coloured the drawing. Printed on A4 white paper.

Pattern 2 using pattern 1 I have coloured it in using some of the effects in paint shop pro. Printed on A4 white paper.

Pattern 3 using pattern 1 as a 'preliminary sketch' I have used it to make a much larger design but overall it's the same basic shape. This has been coloured this one in using water colour pencils. Printed on A4 white paper.

Pattern 4 drawn and coloured in shades of blue using Microsoft word. Printed on A4 white paper.

Pattern 5 A 'preliminary sketch' used for Patterns 6, 7, 8 and 9

Pattern 6 Pattern 5 completed and coloured using felt tipped pens

Pattern 7 based on pattern 5 with additional lines and coloured using felt tipped pens to create a tumbling block pattern. Some areas of this pattern have been deliberately left blank so that it can be compared with pattern 8 which is the same basic pattern but filled in differently to create a completely different look.

Pattern 8 Depending on whether this pattern is held portrait or landscape depends on what I see in this one, sometime its pattern 7 and sometimes pattern 8. This one uses water colour pencils.

Pattern 9 drawn using an old fashioned compass and pencil, drawn on thin black card. Coloured using pre mixed water colour paints. I'm please with the overall effect of this one. I was surprised that the length of time it took to paint, over two hours.

Pattern 10 has been created using ELC' s spiral art. This is similar to spirograph which I had as a child. I was hoping that now I'm older I would have some success with this. I had several goes with this and this is the best result. I couldn't stop the inner frame moving in the outer one, even though I had them sellotaped at one point, whilst using the cogs. I was really looking forward to having a go with this and ended up very disappointed. This design has been done with gel pens.

Pattern 11 made using cake decoration cutters and fimo and glued onto a stretched canvas.

Pattern 12 again made using cake decoration cutters this time using air dry clay and then painted with emulsion paint match pots (trial colours for our dinning room). These shapes have then been mounted onto another piece of air dry clay which has been painted with white emulsion paint.

b. Use a single medium to explore a variety of themes (Landscape, still life, portrait, abstract etc

Clause 2 Produce an additional piece of work, using any medium or media you wish, on one of the following themes:

a. "Surprise Yourself!"

b "Technology"

c. "Our World"

d. "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow"

Have finally had some inspiration and produced a piece of work with the title Roses Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, though not necessarily in that order. The piece has been completed on white paper using water colour pencils. I'm afraid that the roses might not be to scale, all three came from different pictures in gardening books. The first picture is using just the pencils, the second with the water added.

Clause 3 Understand the colour wheel and how colours mix in the media you have chosen.

Primary colours are red, yellow and blue. These colours cannot be made by mixing.

Secondary colours are orange (red and yellow), green (blue and green) and purple (red and blue) these are made by mixing two primary colours together.

Mixing all three primary colours in equal quantity will produce a muddy brown colour. If this was tried with light you will get white light the absence of light will produce darkness.

Tertiary colours are secondary colours that have been mixed with its adjacent primary colour.

Warm colours are those from red through the oranges to yellow. Cool colours are violet through the purples to blue.

Complimentary colours are those opposite each other on the colour wheel when these are used side by side contrast with each other.

Clause 4 Discuss how you will save, protect and display your work. This may include use of fixatives, varnish, computer storage etc

Pieces produced on the PC will be stored on the hard disk, with a backup taken. They have also been printed out and filed in plastic wallets in a folder to keep them flat and away from sunlight.

Pieces that have been produced by hand have been scanned on to the PC and stored on the hard disk, with a back up taken. They too have been filed in plastic wallets in a folder to keep them flat and away from sunlight.

The pieces created using fimo and air dry clap have been photographed and scanned on to the PC and stored on the hard disk, with a back up taken. These have then been stored in boxes until I decide how and where I want to display them.

All projects have been uploaded to a website in case anything dire happens to either the PC, the hard copy or both.

Clause 5 Do one of the following:

a. Visit an art gallery or exhibition

Have visited Jack Russell's art gallery in Chipping Sodbury. There were a large number of paintings on display ranging in price from a few hundred pounds to tens of thousands of pounds. There was a large variety of subjects including cricket, wild animals, buildings and people which showed a good all round artistic talent. I did purchase his auto biography which I will read soon (Jack Russell - Unleashed).

b. Research the life & works of an artist of your choice

Robert Charles 'Jack' Russell was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire on 15/08/63. As well as being recognised world wide for his artistic talents he also played cricket for Gloucestershire, a county he went on to captain, and England as both wicket keeper and a left handed batsman. He debuted for his county in 1981 and England in 1988 gaining 54 test caps and played in 40 one day internationals. He played in a total 465. Jack has been awarded an Awarded MBE 1996 for Services to Cricket, and awarded an Hon MA degree from the University of Bristol. He has also written his autobiography Jack Russell-Unleashed

Some of his other cricketing achievements and statistics are shown below.

1st class 50's: 89

1st class 100's: 11

1st class catches: 1192

1st class stumpings: 128

1st class runs: 16,861

1st class average: 30.93

Highest score: 1st class match England v Boland SA 1996, 129 not out. Test match v Australia at Old Trafford 1989, 128 not out.

England's Man of the Test Series v Australia 1989 Man of the Match v India Lord's 1996

Joint Man of the Match v South Africa at Jo'burg 1996

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1990 World record holder for the most dismissals in a test match 11 v South Africa at Jo'burg 1995

England's record holder for most dismissals in a test series 27 v South Africa 1995-96.

Hat trick of catches Glos v Surrey Oval 1986

Jack's paintings are on a wide range of subjects he has a passion for the countryside and wildlife, inspires paintings and landscapes ever changing through seasons. He also has a keen interest in Military History, particularly in commemoration 'lest we forget'. Jack Russell's painting of The Cenotaph is stunning and now hanging in British Legion clubs everywhere. Commissioned by the Army Benevolent Fund to paint the remaining Field Marshals of the British Army which of course included HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Duke of Kent resulted in a canvas measuring 12' x 4' which now hangs in the National Army Museum in Chelsea. Jack's evocative painting Cockleshell Heroes hangs in the Royal Marines Barracks Poole.

His painting 'We Will Remember Them' commissioned by the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers hangs in HM Tower of London. Whilst 13,000 miles away, in Australia, another of the Bradman Oval at Bowral, hangs in the Sir Don Bradman Museum.

It seems quite natural that Jack Russell is regarded as the foremost painter of cricket scenes, having played on most grounds, at both county and test level throughout the world. A distinct advantage is gained when creating the atmosphere, so important to a picture, if one has experienced it. A distinguished cricket lover said, when describing a painting by Jack Russell, "I just have to look at it, and I'm there, watching the game".

It was whilst playing for England v West Indies 1990 that Jack painted his now famous Moment of Victory this was followed by Moment in History and Adelaide, the former being England's historic win in Barbados 1994 and the latter the 4th Test victory in Adelaide 1995. Prints from these works of art are now sold out. Who can forget the epic stand between Mike Atherton and Jack Russell at Johannesburg in 1995 to save England from defeat? Jack's painting of this moment is now available in a limited edition. Jack also painted wonderful images of wildlife and landscapes during rest times on tour. In 1999 the artist was commissioned by NatWest to paint the World Cricket Cup Final which took place in June, a good omen; he was back at Lord's in August and took part in Gloucestershire's two epic wins in the same month. The latter, the NatWest Trophy he has captured on canvas.

c. Write a critical review of a graphical software package

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