Part 2 (Intimacy) – Research point

The following artists came to mind as I thought about negative vs. positive space. Some of them aren’t really “from today” but felt they were very relevant for this research point. Gary Hume (1962 – ) Gilou Brillant (1935 – ) Helen Frankenthaler (1928 – 2011) M.C. Escher (1898 – 1972) Audrey Beardsley (1872 – 1898) Will Bradley (1868 – 1962) René Gruau (1909 – 2004) Fredrick Hammersley (1919 – 2009) Henri Matisse (1896 – 1954) I browsed through these artists and did small thumbnail drawings of the works that really got my attention in terms of the use of … Continue reading Part 2 (Intimacy) – Research point

Part 2 (Intimacy) – Research point

Still life genre, 16th century to today  many elements in composition, mostly natural vegetables, flowers, food, fruits, animals scientific/botanical illustrations realism, detailed, vivid colors sharp contrast light and shadow Still life as a genre began in the 17th century predominantly in the Netherlands, though German, French, Italian and Spanish still life can also be found from this period. In the 15th and 16th century, still life objects were implemented mostly as religious symbols in manuscripts, panel paintings and the like. The urbanisation of Dutch and Flemish society started to change this, bringing about the use of still life as a … Continue reading Part 2 (Intimacy) – Research point

Assignment one – Self-assessment

• Demonstration of technical and visual skills I feel like I have demonstrated a good knowledge of technical and visual skills. This isn’t my first drawing course, which means that I’ve already practiced on my drawing skills and that I’ve already experimented with many materials. With this assignment, I think I’ve been able to look at things with a new perspective, meaning that I’ve embraced new techniques (such as cross-hatching) and started to come out of my comfort zone. I think my observational skills are good and I feel confident that I made a believable representation of what I was … Continue reading Assignment one – Self-assessment

Part 1, Project 2 (Basic shapes and fundamental form) – Research point

dark atmosphere strong contrast: light and shadow, form monochromatic texture movement, direction of line structure nature The two things that stand out for me the most in this drawing are its sharp contrast and description of nature. Redon has used lines and marks to describe texture in a very believable manner. The lines follow the direction of the trees, giving the drawing a certain movement or fluidity. When I squint I can clearly see the simplified blocks of light and shadow, as well as the direction of the light. Over this are smaller marks that continue to describe things in … Continue reading Part 1, Project 2 (Basic shapes and fundamental form) – Research point

Part 1, Project 2 (Basic shapes and fundamental form) – Exercise 3

Creating shadow using lines and marks The first part of the exercise confused me a bit as I wasn’t sure exactly what it asked for so I simply started by practicing lines and marks with four different materials. I found that each material had its advantages and … Continue reading Part 1, Project 2 (Basic shapes and fundamental form) – Exercise 3

Part 1, Project 2 (Basic shapes and fundamental form) – Exercise 2

Observing shadow using blocks of tone   I first did some quick sketches in my sketchbook, using different frame sizes and materials. I tried different objects, placement of objects, direction of light and framing (horizontal vs. vertical). I also tried different … Continue reading Part 1, Project 2 (Basic shapes and fundamental form) – Exercise 2

Part 1, Project 2 (Basic shapes and fundamental form) – Exercise 1

Groups of objects For this exercise I had to draw groups of objects of different shapes and sizes. I did the first image in A1 with willow charcoal. I focused on the volume of the objects, their distance from me and from each other, the negative space between them and their transparency (or lack of). The cylindrical shapes were a bit challenging and took me a lot of observation to get right. It was very enjoyable to practice drawing shapes without having to focus on the details or in light and shadow. After the above drawing, I still wanted to keep practising so I kept drawing … Continue reading Part 1, Project 2 (Basic shapes and fundamental form) – Exercise 1

Part 1, Project 1 (Feeling and expression) – Exercise 2

 Experimenting with Texture Making textures and patterns is something I truly enjoy and I find I have a lot of patience for it. I searched around the house for objects with interesting textures and then used either ink or pencil depending on how each texture felt like; e.g. pencil for soft textures like paper or yarn and ink for stronger things like coral and wood. The coral fossil was my favorite both in process and result, as it was exciting to find landscapes and abstract shapes among the coral’s texture. I took me a bit longer to find objects suitable for frottage but … Continue reading Part 1, Project 1 (Feeling and expression) – Exercise 2