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Dip pen rock

Started to draw a rock on a wooden base with shadows as dip pen practice. This approach was suggested as an alternative to fineliner by my tutor. In some ways it was being successful, as the mark making is generating an interesting approach. It was also, however, being very time consuming and wouldn’t have produced a good final image.

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Project 2: Basic shapes and fundamental form

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.

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