Exercise 1 The structure of the human body
After many poor starts I managed to get some sketches of hands that I was basically happy with, based on online hand studies:
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Exercise 1 Basic shapes
I started with a couple of experiments, the first in 4B graphite pencil and the next using black conte:
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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”
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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I came an interesting section about drawing with rhythm in Andrew Loomis’ book “Figure Drawing for all its worth.” (PDF available here.) He describes drawing with rhythm as following through the major lines of forms in various graceful curves as part of the setup. The drawing on page 136 is of particular interest in this respect. As an experiment in this approach I tried a drawing of a dancer. Although I am unhappy with many of the details of the image, the basic idea of building up the form with interesting curves was very useful. Now I just need to learn a whole bunch about anatomy.
Experimenting with how best to show form. See sculpture drawing series.
Its taken me a while to actually start Project 4.1. Partly this was taking a break in general, but I have also been trying to do some practice and consideration of how best to approach it. The brief makes it clear that this is about building a network of lines and not continually rubbing stuff out if you make a mistake. It is also about building a fair sense of tone with line based marks rather than density of mark making material. These approaches are both quite new to me. Continue reading “Project 4.1: Making a start”