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

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

Experimenting with expressive lines and marks I started the Calm sheet by doing some yoga then listening to some soft music. It was hard to start as I had no idea what I should do. After I started, making the lines became easier and I found I didn’t have to think much if I just let things flow. But then remaining calm was a bit of a challenge and I had to remind myself to slow down and stay in the feeling. I tried to represent calm by experimenting with organic shapes and curves, circles, softness, symmetry, and balance. The Anxiety sheet was so much easier to do, … Continue reading Part 1, Project 1 (Feeling and expression) – Exercise 1

Part 1 (Form and Gesture) – Exercise 1

Warm-up – temporary drawings Ideas: Ink on water Water and watercolour on paper Residue cup of coffee White flour and ground charcoal Water over glass surface Sand Burning paper Wax from candle Soap bubbles Ink on milk Salt on ice sheet Light Water on rocks or sand Water drops I took some time to simply think about different ideas and do some research about temporary media. I also related it to land art, which is very often ephemeral, and saw some inspiring examples. I thought hard about each idea and tried imagining each result. The one that appealed to me the most was … Continue reading Part 1 (Form and Gesture) – Exercise 1