Posted in Sketchbook

Improving tonal range

On the line of action site I found an article about mastering your pencil, which provides advice on increasing the tonal range that you can achieve with a single pencil. The idea is basically to fill in an increasing number of boxes on a daily basis to get an increase in tone across the page. 

As I’ve had feedback that improving my tonal range would be valuable I decided to try it: 

The exercise does seem to be valuable, though I have a way to go as there is another page of increasing shades to try. As might be expected it is getting progressively more difficult. Its likely I should be trying a similar exercise with other mark making approaches – such as conte and charcoal.

Posted in Coursework, Part 4

Project 1 Fabric and form

Exercise 1 Drawing fabric using line and tone

Started with some initial experiments, of which the following were the most interesting:

In the first I was trying to use quite heavy blocks of tone in conte to try to get the impression of the scene. I used a grey sugar paper with black and white conte for mark making. Although it wasn’t that successful it did get me started in thinking how to approach the exercise. In the second I started with a pencil sketch, and then was trying to over draw with a fineliner. It was heading in an interesting direction, but needed more thought as an approach. Continue reading “Project 1 Fabric and form”

Posted in Coursework, Part 4

Approaching Part 4

Looking through the course text the volume of work for Part 4 is, again, massive. Six projects with a total of 15 exercises and 5 Research points. At the end of all that there is an assignment involving 2 drawings of A1 size and another of any size. Added to all of the volume is the subject matter, which I have been struggling with for an extended period already. See my past Life Drawing if you doubt me on that one. This is leading to a need for choices to be made. Continue reading “Approaching Part 4”

Posted in Assignment 3, Assignments, Coursework, Notes, Part 3

Assignment 3 Feedback

Overall Comments

… You have responded well to the challenge of working things out THROUGH drawing that I set you last time. There’s a palpable sense of you taking control of the work in this submission. You’ve deliberately avoided doing in depth ‘book’ research in order to focus on making. This has worked. Well done. Obviously there’s work to do, but I feel that you have made good progress with this submission and that the work you have made is more ‘you’. Continue reading “Assignment 3 Feedback”