Some students begin a project with enthusiasm, but are unable to maintain this for the duration of their project. Abby’s A2 Coursework submission remains detailed and comprehensive throughout. Keeping to a consistent presentation style, Abby produces page after page of beautiful visual and written investigation.
These sketchbook pages are part of the research and planning in an A Level Photography project exploring the theme ‘Hidden Identity’. The inclusion of test strips is beneficial (even in digital photography these can be produced, testing different contrast, lighting and colour filters that have been applied to an image); images are neatly trimmed and positioned on the pages. Articulate, well-reasoned annotation adds to the sharp, clean presentation style.
These sketchbook pages and accompanying prep sheet show the development of ideas for a mask and photographic study. It is important to note that working in other creative disciplines (such as sculpture and photography) can inject welcome variety into a Painting and Related Media project and can help inform and influence subsequent drawings and paintings (see below).
This accomplished A Level Photography sketchbook is a reminder that a simple presentation, with subtle variation, is often all that is needed. Thumbnail images (or darkroom negative proofs) are analysed, with compositions highlighted and scrawled over, allowing the quick communication of ideas. Even the selection of red and yellow pens is purposeful, linking seamlessly with the colours used throughout the portfolio. In these sketchbook pages, Ellie accompanies the photographs with thoughtful…
Here Michael presents the initial photographs (landscapes, buildings, architectural and structural elements) taken for his Photography A Level exam. After shooting approximately 400 images, the best of these were evaluated and presented. In the lower part of the sheet, digital editing and corrections have begun to take place.
Abby Hope Skinner. Drawing from observation in art. This section of Abby’s A Level Art portfolio shows excellent reference to first-hand sources. Here she completes observational line drawings of still life items (relating to her identity as a young artist – paint brushes, easels, artwork) arranged on a studio desk. The compositions communicate the essence of Abby’s identity, without the inclusion of a typical self-portrait – an innovative way of approaching a self-portrait.
Top in the World: Stunning Self-Portraits by an A Level Art Student