Posted in Art and Artists, Experiments, Part 4, Research & Reflection

An experiment linking to artists

On of the challenges that I have is that of considering artistic style and approach. One challenge my tutor left me with is to:

“Link your work to that of others and make it clear
that this is what you’re doing”

Part 3 Formative feedback

So, lets start by considering one artist whose figurative work I admire – Maggi Hambling. To start, lets examine a number of her figurative drawings that I like:

Portrait of Dr David Brown
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Posted in Assignment 3, Assignments, Coursework, Part 3

Assignment 3


Brief review

The brief for this assignment calls for the following main criteria for the drawing:

  • Outdoor scene in A1 or A2;
  • Shows depth – aerial or linear perspective;
  • Natural objects;
  • Straight lined objects.

The scene selection and approach are closely aligned. The instructions provide the following approach:

  • Preliminary drawings to experiment with the composition.
  • Make sketches to practise the perspective of the scene right.
  • Broad sketches in charcoal or diluted ink and brush and trial other media.
  • With an A2 or A1 keeping your preliminary sketches around you for reference.

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Posted in Coursework, Part 3

Project 1: Trees

On consideration of my feedback from my tutor I’m trying a new format for this blog. I’m going to be starting to write each project up in a single post. I will add to the post as I do the drawings for the project, which I’m hoping will make the intention of the drawing process clearer.

Ex 1: Approaching a single tree

Making a start

I started by experiments in my sketchbook. Continue reading “Project 1: Trees”

Posted in Sketchbook

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.

Posted in Assignment 1, Assignments, Coursework, Part 1

Assignment 1


Key Points

• convey feelings
• believable shapes
• use of tone, using light and shadow
• a few objects that trigger a response for you
• ordinary, funny, practical or ornamental or a mixture
• Set them up in a space so that they create interesting shapes and angles
• good light hitting the objects at an angle
• make the tones on the object obvious and the light and darks clear
• Look at the spaces between the objects as well as the objects themselves.
• Take the two experimental mark making sheets that you did exploring texture and gesture and pin them up nearby Continue reading “Assignment 1”