We recently visited Iceland, partly to see the Northern Lights, and as part of the trip we got a 48h City Card for Reykjavik. The card is an excellent investment due to the number of museums and art galleries it gets you into. One of these is the National Gallery. Continue reading “Icelandic National Gallery Visit”
Reflection and Evaluation
What went well?
I like the image overall, as stated previously. The items have meaning for me, and I am hopeful that at least some element of that shows through. The drawing was well received by my wife, who will have similar associations with the individual objects chosen. She called it “An homage to Greece” which fits my intention fairly well. Continue reading “Assignment 1: Evaluation and Reflection”
• convey feelings
• believable shapes
• use of tone, using light and shadow
• a few objects that trigger a response for you
• ordinary, funny, practical or ornamental or a mixture
• Set them up in a space so that they create interesting shapes and angles
• good light hitting the objects at an angle
• make the tones on the object obvious and the light and darks clear
• Look at the spaces between the objects as well as the objects themselves.
• Take the two experimental mark making sheets that you did exploring texture and gesture and pin them up nearby Continue reading “Assignment 1”
Reworked following part 2 tutor feedback.
Ex 1: Groups of Objects
- What subject to choose?
- The examples imply kitchen and household objects, but that isn’t stated as a requirement. There should be some simple geometric forms and others that are more complex.
- Despite not requiring household objects they do fit the brief very well, and there is plenty of scope for interest.
- An alternative might be ceramic materials. Maybe a bag of clay, some glaze buckets and ingredients etc. This could make for an interesting composition. There is then scope to incorporate a concrete floor or the bench behind it.
- What surface to use?
- It is stated A2 or A1, but encourages an imaginative use of materials.
- Might be worth trying some of the paper we use as packing. Quite a robust material and probably suitable for use. In this case it would probably be worth having ripped edges rather than neatly cut to emphasise the “utilitarian” nature of the materials.
- Similarly I have some yellowed wallpaper off-cut (I think its an underlay) which might make an interesting utilitarian material.
- How to “loosely describe” the objects? How to achieve representation of “weight, transparency, shine, etc.”? How might the contents help in the depiction of the form?
- The sample image is a line drawing, but the assignment doesn’t specify that it must be. Definitely could be lines with basic shading etc.
- In this case I like the start I made in my practice drawing: Light outlines, then darken for the visible lines and lastly a bit of shading and context using a variety of line strengths etc to provide the interest.
- The answer to the follow-on questions clearly relates to what is being drawn. In the case of a plastic
- One colour is specified, but not the mark making material. What would fit the subject? What would I like to work with?
- This partly depends on the material I’m drawing on. If I’m using a utilitarian surface then the mark making material needs to work with that. There
- What context should the items be placed in? (What sitting on and in the background.)
- For kitchen items the kitchen itself would make most sense. Possibly the worktop and back wall, for example.
- For the clay materials the best context is the pottery or glazing/kiln room depending on whether I am drawing the making or firing.
It make take me a while to learn to use the tools well, but I’m optimistic that I’ll be able to use it effectively. My hope is that I can use it as a sketchbook when its impractical to carry a good range of paper and tools.
Worked through this video:
First a series of 2 minute poses.. Continue reading “Croquis Cafe Heads Up 2”
Part of my on-going efforts to draw people. Getting better. This is starting to form a series: I’ve taken a set of photos on trains, at stations and commuting in general to use as subjects for sketches.
I managed to get to my first life drawing class in a while.The first exercise, the featured image, was Blind contour drawing. There are some recognisable elements at least. An interesting feature here was that occasional ‘repositioning’ was considered acceptable. I did so about 4 times in the 12m session. Continue reading “Life Drawing”
I’ve been at the Coursera again. This time “Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes” (https://www.coursera.org/learn/ideas). The idea is to consider Modern and Contemporary art within the context of its meaning rather than by time and art movement. The themes are: “Places & Spaces”, “Art & Identity”, “Transforming Everyday objects” and “Art & Society”. The main interest lies in their coverage of the context around a number of pieces and the way that they mesh with the theme. Continue reading “Modern Art Themes…”
Reworked following part 2 feedback.
Ex 1: Expressive lines and marks
This was an odd exercise, and one it took me a while to start. That may have had something to do with December not being a productive month in general though. Continue reading “Project 1: Feeling and expression”