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Reflections so far

Pool Light

Created from memory after swimming. The basic idea worked. Created the grid of the pool tiles over a graphite “wash”. Removed the reflection light then added shading and tile lines back in. Would like to do a few more to get the “highlights” more clearly, as well as the intricacies of the reflections. Taken some photos under water to act as inspiration after the holiday. Continue reading “Reflections so far”

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Project 1.1a Charcoal experiments

I’ve documented a few more than the “3 favourite” ones, and these are a fairly small selection of the total. I enjoyed this one, and it has underlined how little I’ve experimented with charcoal.

Mountain side forest. Short strokes. More pressure to start.

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Warm up reflections

I’ve learnt something of the mechanisms of drawing, as well as the properties of some of the materials. (Charcoal, pen, different grades of pencil.) The exercises and consideration around the start of the course have made me think on the need to experiment with materials and approaches. Even the process of drawing circles in Project 0.1 had me considering the materials for making marks.

Outside of the warm up exercises, this start up period for the course has had me reflecting on the meaning of art education – as well as the process for it. From the Introduction to Art HE course through to my confusion around Action Art’s meaning and value.

All in all, an interesting few weeks starting up. On to Part 1 of the course.

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Project 0.3: Fingers and wrist

My main challenge here was how I hard it was to follow the instructions. I found drawing without moving my arm difficult. I eventually managed it by starting small and slowly making the movements larger. If I found myself cheating I stopped and started again. If the point was to make me more aware of hand, arm and general movement when drawing it worked. Continue reading “Project 0.3: Fingers and wrist”

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Warm up: Project 0.1: Big and Small



I’m slightly surprised how well the left hand went. The circles were clearly less well formed, and tended to be larger. I started on my “Travel Easel”. This needed to be used sitting and wasn’t too comfortable for the exercise. Changed to a flat board, which worked better.The instructions said to “change tool”, so each sheet was done with a different tool. Continue reading “Warm up: Project 0.1: Big and Small”

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So what will doing an Art course consist of?

I booked in on the 23rd May and received my materials a little later. The starting materials tell you to do an “Introduction to Higher Education” course which has a lot of the usual material for higher education. Some of that is common to the material I went through when doing an MBA with the Open University. On that course, however, I started digging through the material which had a volume of teaching about business and then had assignments etc

On the MBA course (more or less) the material and assignments, with extra reading and so on would use up the time allocated to the course – and then some. Looking through the foundation drawing materials, however, its clear this will be a bit different. So what will I actually be doing with the time I spend on the course? Continue reading “So what will doing an Art course consist of?”

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So, why do this course?

I joined the OCA yesterday on the “Foundations Drawing” course, as I haven’t done any form of art study in the past. If all goes well, which basically means if I’m up to it and can find the time, I would hope to move on to the degree course in a year’s time. My background is in IT, but I started wood carving in 2005. I’ve been getting tuition in various ways, but much of it has been coming from the Geisler-Moroder school in Austria. As I’ve moved forwards it has become clear that my lack of an art background is holding me back, and lack of drawing skills I one element of that. If you would like to get an idea of my work so far you can see it here: , which  is a combination of my own work and that done on various carving courses.

Thus in joining this course I am hoping to improve my drawing, and work out if this is a suitable approach to improving my abilities.