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:
I started with a couple of experiments, the first in 4B graphite pencil and the next using black conte:Continue reading “Project 3 Form”
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.
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”
On consideration I’ve decided that it is appropriate to reflect on my tutor’s feedback again. This is more for my own thinking than as a response. After my Assignment 2 feedback I realised that I hadn’t understood and/or followed some of his advice. Considering each point explicitly at this point seems worthwhile as a completeness check, and to build a “further work” list. Continue reading “Reflection on Tutor feedback”
Wondering if this could be used to do a large format alpine picture. Needs more thought.
The course notes mentions investigating looking at how artists play with perspective. As part of this the work of M. C. Escher and the Penrose stairs needs to be mentioned. This creates an optical illustration of an infinite staircase. The following is Escher’s application of the idea to his art: Continue reading “M. C. Escher: Impossible spaces”
The course materials also indicate that we should consider more modern approaches to the representation of depth. In many ways this concept seems to be driven initially through Cezanne and Cubism. Cezanne used colour to represent depth, rather than using a structured and basically mathematical process. In essence, as objects tend into the background they will tend to look more blue. There are other indicators, such as them being smaller and having less detail. This is shown in Mont Sainte-Victoire: Continue reading “Depth post linear perspective”
Following my tutor’s suggestion I decided to do some more shape practice. First I revisited the circle the sphere exercise… Continue reading “Practicing shapes”
Happier with this one. Continue reading “Project 2.2: 2 Toilet roll cores”
This turned out to be challenging enough that I went on a bit of a hunt for articles on the subject. The following gives an idea of the sort of thing I found useful: Continue reading “Basic forms”
There is so much in the feedback I received from my tutor I’ve started to turn it in to a slightly simpler list of “things to do”: Continue reading “Assignment 1 Feedback Action”