Posted in Coursework, Part 1

Project 2 Ex 1: Approach


  • 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.


I’ll need to do some preliminary drawings, but at the moment using a utilitarian drawing surface to depict the firing process and including the kiln, glaze ingredients, buckets and possibly a bag of clay seems like a worthwhile approach. There should be plenty of scope for interesting, as well as depicting regular and irregular forms. The next step would be to play with some basic composition ideas. Mark making material would then be charcoal, conte or graphite stick.

Trying it out

With that in mind I produced an initial “Conceptual” sketch, and then tried some basic compositions using appropriate objects. Finally, I found the packing paper, ripped some off and tried some experiments with it.

The packing paper works better than I expected. It has an interesting texture to it, but is fairly robust for mark making. The pencil (in the middle) doesn’t show up at all, and only the charcoal seems to behave correctly with the eraser. The ink pens and sharpie work better than I expected, with no bleeding into the paper. All of the charcoal, conte and ink work well in terms of how they look on the page, but the most the pencil could be used for is layout lines.

The next step is to experiment with describing the objects, and working out how to get an interesting picture that describes them well. One of the objects, for example, is a glaze material in a wrapper and then a plastic bag. That might be quite interesting to represent – even loosely.



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