What Am I like? PP Workshop

 

WHAT DO I HAVE TO OFFER?

I’m creative and can draw (obviously), as well as being good with technology, specifically Photoshop/adobe suite basic knowledge. I am very good at coming up with ideas.

WHAT ARE MY PROFESSIONAL ATTRIBUTES, SKILLS, APTITUDES, AND TALENTS? (INTERPERSONAL SKILLS)

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

  • Social/Personable
  • Good Communicator
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Detail Orientated
  • Ability to Multi-Task
  • Reliable
  • Ability to Priotise
  • Concientious thinker
  • Self Motivated
  • Works well in pressure/time sensitive situations

CREATIVE/TECHNICAL

  • Indian Inks
  • Digital Drawing
  • Watercolour
  • Etching
  • Screen Printing
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Versatile with Mediums
  • Creative and Innovative thinker
  • Adobe Suite Proficient
  • Microsoft Office Proficient
  • Experienced using Graphic Design Tablets
  • 2D Design

AM I A CONNECTOR/ MAVEN/ SPOKESPERSON/ ARTIST/ THINKER/ FACILIATOR?

I am an artist and thinker.

Am I a Natural Freelancer? Employee? Entrepreneur?

FREELANCER; I personally think I am lacking the personal motivation, and am probably too lazy to make any kind of success of myself.

EMPLOYEE; I am good at following instructions so yes, I believe I’d make a good employee, I have worked for two people in the past for long periods of time and have been told I am a briliant employee.

ENTREPRENEUR; Long term I have various Business ideas but in most I would need a Business partner for support and motivation, as i work best when I have to get things done for others to do what they need to do.

WHAT ARE MY AMBITIONS, CURIOSITIES, NATURAL LEANINGS, MOTIVATION?

To work as part of a creative team, maybe eventually aim to be in a role such as creative director or maybe create my own Creative consultancy firm. I personally think freelance is too much pressure for me, and I don’t think I’d do well in it, I would still like to do freelance work occasionally or on the side but not full time.

WHAT VALUES UNDERPIN MY WORK?

Social Change, Social Issues, Feminism, Sexism,(Gender Inequality) Women, Sociatial Normalities, Accepted Normalities.

WHAT HAVE I LEARNT ABOUT MY CREATIVE POTENTIAL THOUGH MY DEGREE COURSE? 

I have learnt that I have plenty of creative and fascinating ideas/concepts with potential but have very little follow through(scared of failure, better to never try than to fail) so wouldn’t make a brilliant freenlancer as stands, so I should use my creativity in other ways, as I can draw without issue but fear of failure is a very real issue for me.

HOW READY AM I FOR A PROFESSIONAL LIFE?

To be a freelancer; not at all, but to in a professional working environment, I think I am ready, other than my feer of public speaking but I am improving dramatically in that respect, although I think the pressure of the End of Year Viva may be too much for me, and I could well crack under that pressure.

 

 

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Social Media

In preparation for post-graduation I have spent quite a lot of time making social media a heavier part of my life, before only really using facebook and occasionally posting on instagram, but never really sharing my work, I suppose in the hesitation of potential judgement. I have left my facebook for purely social reasons, but have been working on my twitter and Instgram regulary since February.

TWITTER

Firstly I decided instead of creating a new handle (which purhaps I should have done in hind-sight) I went about logging onto my long forgotton twitter handle from high school, after about a day I was finally able to log on and saw the disaster of a mess it was. I bagan by deleting all existing tweets, which was easier said than done, although it could have been far worse, as I only had around a thousand tweets, which wasn’t go bad once I got into the rythm of deleteing. Then I went about improving the appearence of my twiiter, by changing the header image, the about me section, and linking my instagram, as I suspect I will posting more regulary on there, and my website.

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I was trying to post onto twitter daily but that task was too much as I wanted my twitter to be purely Illustration based, with no or little personal content, unless relevent to my work.

I have realised how important the use of hashtags are when using instagram, so have been careful about what I write and which hastags I should use as obviously there is a limited word count on twitter. For examples, I’ve been using hastags such as #illustration and/or #illustrator, #editorial to gain the attention of those with a passion of interest in illustration, or hopefully other illustrators. I’ve also been using the hashtags #Cardiff, as lots of Cardiff based twitter pages like to promote things based in Cardiff. Lastly I’ve been tagging CSAD Illustration and CSAD, which has resolted in re-posting.

If you’d be interested in checking it out, or even following me (I will start posting more regually when I’ve not got quite so much work to do) heres the link!

Becky’s Illustration Twitter

INSTAGRAM

Instagram is a social media I am much more aware of as a platform, having until last summer used instagram fairly regulary, posting and hashtagging, but the content was very varied and not over considered when it came to compositon and editing.

I decided again to keep my same Instagram account, but rather than deleting all conent, I left it, and just changed the bia to a more proffesional information section, and adding illustrative work images to the account every-once and a while, as I personally like to not-just see someones work, but see the person and theyre life.

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I aim to upload every two days, at prime times, which during the week in the UK is at 9pm, and during the weekend tends to be in the morning or lunch-afternoon, as peoples are more busy during the evenings of weekends and tend not to check social media as much.

Hashtagging also plays a vital role in instagram posting;

examples being;

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I use both relative tags to the image and popular hashtags such as #photoftheday #instaoftheday #instalike. I also split the comment section into two parts, the top part with people will see underneigh the picture, and then leave some blank space, a line, and then the hashtags, as people only want to the see the comment, and if the tags are shown people can find them irritating.

If you’d be interested in checking it out, or even following me (I’m still doing okay at posting regulary but of late have had a laps due to high work load) heres the link!

Beckys Instagram

or my handle is ;

becky_watts_96

PP- CV 

All people looking to find a job or career know that you need to have a CV for your potential employers to look before you can get even close to an interview.  As illustration students, its hard enough to get yourself onto the career ladder, but to become a professional in the art industry you become quickly aware your going to need TWO CVs (I thought one was bad enough!).

Having worked part time since e age of 17, I was well on the way to having done before I’d even started! I already had a professionally finished CV, which has proved successful at getting me employement, although admittedly, through the workshops I realised it had a few issues, such as dates being reversed, and the content being far too elaborate. These changes were only minor to make, but I’d like to think these difference could make the difference in a potential employer glancing at my CV just to put it straight back down, and giving me an interview.

Below you can see it’s simplistic but professional and stylish and gets the job done;

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Once I had made the changes to my regular CV, I made a copy of this document and made the quintessential changes to make it into a Artist CV. Firstly I changed my personal statement to more of an artist statement, following this I have added an artist skills section, I would also add my exhibitions or awards I’ve won, although at this point in time I have very little to add in that respect. I believe my CV is quite empty for a Artist but I think this is to be expected from an artist straight out of university, with very little professional experience under their belt.

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Apart from the odd gramatical error, this is an accurate representation of my CV’s of current. I will be updating the image at the top to a more up-to-date piece of work once my degree project is done.

Becky Watts Creative CV

 

A little update

Quite ironically, it took a day without the internet for me to finally get around to updating my blog, just imagine it, no Mobile Data, no Wifi, just DVD’s you’ve watched a dozen times each, and a knowing weight on your chest that you’ve still to do a very important part of your degree but you despise it more than any other thing. 

Without any further adue I suppose I’ll get on with it, I’m not entirely sure how I’ll go about it so there may well be little-to-no sensial order to these following posts, which I suspect will be coming in some regularity for the next two weeks.

Of late, I’ve spent majority of my time since January (post dissertation hand in) working on my subject content, of which I will be debuting in the degree show in May. When I’ve not been doing subject work, I designated select hours per-week to work on my professional practice. Obviously when I wasn’t doing either of these my life was fairly occupied with sleeping, drinking and working, all fairly regular practices for students. 

So I suppose a sensible order would be to do my professional practice posts first, in the order I completed them in real life, and then go back on myself and update subject in a relitiveoy compact re-telling of how I’ve got to where I am. 

Can you tell I’m stalling?

Schedule

 

I’m not certain I have done this right but we were told to upload our plans and here it is.

I have not included the evenings in any of the pictures, thats because I work evenings, and don’t get told my shifts until the monday week of. I work 3/4 times a week 5 to anytime after 11. I also work all day until close on match days. If I haven’t got work I get on with odd jobs like banking, cooking, cleaning, completely tasks set in the workshops, like cv, personal statements, this etc, and recently I’ve been trying to do a minimum of one/two drawings a night if I haven’t got work.

 

The first image is my schedule up until the end of term, including work in red, which is added week of, so it’s only showing the current week, social commitements in orange, and University workshops, tuturials, meetings includng trips etc are in purple. I’ve not specically made this for this purpose.

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The second image is a list of goals for up to the end of term, starting with more specific goals to achieve by sunday the 5th of March and then a more general list of goals to achieve before the end of second term.

 

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The third image is a picture of the week ahead scheduled with rough time estimates and meetings and work written in, although I do this anyway, so it’s a bit more detailed than I necersary.

 

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PP- Personal Statement Draft

I have heard conflicting opinions on whether a personal statement should be in first or third person, and what should be included for which personal statement one in writing, i.e. the one that goes along with your work at a gallery, the one you would put in your online or printed portfolio, the one that goes in your CV. All of which say similiar things but to varying degree of detail.

This is the first draft;

Becky. A. Watts is a self-motivated mixed media Illustrator, who works best under pressure; currently finishing off her degree she is working on expanding her portfolio.

Becky works with a number of different mediums and is happy to explore with a different style, often choosing the media based on what works best for the project topic. With this in mind, her preferred mediums are working with inks, fine line pens, watercolour and collage.

Born in Bury St Edmunds, a large town in Suffolk, and living no more than a half an hour drive from said town her entire life, until leaving for university, her life was relatively sheltered and privileged. It wasn’t until she began reading feminist academic theories, and fictional stories suggested by friends and tutors, as well as immersing herself in Feminist communities, that Becky discovered a passion for campaigning for Gender Equality.

A majority of Becky’s work up to this point has been focused on her passion for achieving Gender Equality, through her work she aims to enlighten and diversify people’s understanding and to allow those who may not necessarily experience sexism to the same degree, or may have been conditioned to ignore sexist behaviour, and insight into the situations experienced daily by many women, and to create a line of communication between those afflicting the behaviour and those receiving it.

4a80ce327b7ff91723de30a30ad1fbdfAfter some feedback and another Personal Statement workshop I came up with these;

CREATIVE CV-

Innovative visual mixed media Illustrator. Passion to make work that serves to raise awareness of social issues. Confident working and leading small teams, but efficient and secure in personal abilities working independently. Proficient social and communication skills.

ARTIST STATEMENT (What may be in accompanying work in a Gallery)

Becky Watts is a mixed-media Illustrator passionate about making work that serves to raise awareness of social issues. A current major project addresses gender equality and aims to open up transformative discussion about sexism.

GENERAL CREATIVE PERSONAL STATEMENT

I am a self-motivated mixed media Illustrator, whom works best under pressure; I’m currently finishing off my degree and expanding my portfolio.

I can work with a number of different mediums and am happy to explore with different styles, often choosing the medium based on what works best for the project topic. With this in mind, my preferred mediums are Indian Inks, Fine-liners, Watercolour and Collage.

In university I developed an interest in reading feminist academic theories, and fictional stories suggested by friends and tutors. Through this I immersed myself in Feminist communities, and discovered a passion for campaigning for Gender Equality.

My most recent project has been born from my passion for achieving Gender Equality, through my work I aim to enlighten and diversify peoples understanding, and to allow those who may not notice sexism or believe sexism is a mute topic, and show an insight into the situations experienced daily by many women, and to create a line of communication between those afflicting the behaviour and those receiving it.