For Assignment Two, I was able to make a personal decision on the subject and, using a medium of my choice, demonstrate a growing understanding of what the previous exercises have shown me.
The image below shows a first, unfinished attempt for an interior scene for my assessment, although I changed my mind as the more I worked on it, the more fussy it became and it wasn’t really what I had in mind.
I finally decided to draw a still life image using three items that physically differed whilst still sharing a connection; milk. I chose a milk carton, a milk jug and part of a breast pump. The images below show the progress of the final assignment.
I decided to combine my two favourite aspects of the previous exercises; ‘monochrome’ and ‘tone in colour’. I started off with base strokes of about two colours and slowly built up the shadows using a particular colour palette and technique. I chose to work with coloured pencils as I find them quite easy to control and see the hatching and cross-hatching as a good way to build up shadow and tone.
This exercise involved creating an image in a single colour, combining natural and man-made objects.
I opted to paint a plate of tomatoes using red acrylics on A3 paper. It might have been better to use the whole piece of paper for the plate, as the final outcome doesn’t really show the plate sat on a table. It’s something to work towards in future exercises. I think some of the toning works quite well on the tomatoes, but I’d need to work on the shadows on the plate in order to remove the idea that the tomatoes appear to be floating. Despite the outcome, I particularly enjoyed working with one colour and it’s something I’d like to practice with various mediums.
For this exercise I needed to set up a still life group and using pencil or pastel,sketch them roughly and build up tone and colour using layers and various pressure to create tone, shadow and contrasts.
One of my favourite exercises, as I had never used pencils in this way and I am very pleased with the result. I think the hatching and cross-hatching really works in terms of building tone. Especially when using varied colours during the hatching process. I worked on pastel paper which helped bring out the texture of the drawing.
For this exercise I was asked to set up a still life group and select objects that either seem to connect naturally (ie. are similar in one way or another – shape, height, pattern, texture, function, story, etc) or deliberately contrast or clash.
I chose to draw a pile of odd shoes and, on A3 paper, I used a fine black pen to express tone through line.
For this exercise I had to practise building up dark, medium and light tones, principally using pencils and hatching techniques. I am to chose a single object such as a shell or a piece of drift wood.
For this particular exercise, I chose to draw a large pine cone I had once collected from a beach. I attempted to stick to layers upon layers of markings to achieve the right shadowing and found using pencils was the best way to achieve tones of dark, medium and light. Varied layers of Cross-hatching using a range of similar colours for small areas proved most effective for creating the darker tones. The image was drawn on an A3 sheet and, like in previous exercises, I struggled to fill the page and fell back on using paint to blanket the empty space. I’m happy with most of the shadowing, but don’t think the drawing is very clear in terms of subject and I’d probably find it difficult to determine what the object was if the work wasn’t mine.
For this first assignment, I am to arrange a mixture of objects of my choice to form a still life, setting them up in a space to create interesting shapes and angles. With adequate lighting in place to create shadows and depth, I should proceed to draw the arrangement using various drawing tools, utilising some of the experimental mark making that I have discovered throughout the course.
I elected these particular objects for two reasons. Firstly, because they are items which are either sentimental or used in my daily routine; items I am familiar with. And, secondly, because they are items that have good reflective qualities and shapes -A stainless steel coffee peculator, a wax-dripped spirit bottle, a pearl necklace, a cactus in a porcelain vase, a white, leather sandal, a silver wine glass and a book. After arranging the objects in a few various ways, I decided on a final arrangement before positioning a lamp to the right of the collection and draping a creased towel in the background to aid with the shadowing.
For this exercise I was asked to use charcoal and a putty rubber and draw two objects that show reflected light and shade on one object falling on another, whilst leaving as little negative space as possible.
The objects I chose were a dull, stainless steel coffee peculator and a shiny, silver wine glass. I placed a lamp close to the items and carefully took note where the light hit before commencing to lightly apply charcoal to paper. I am happy with the final result of the drawing, although I’m unsure it represents what the exercise is asking me to produce. I found it difficult to fill most of the negative space. I like the shadows and reflected light, especially on faces of the coffee filter, but I think there could be more strokes and visual fine lines which are expressing the actual shapes of the objects through the flow of the charcoal. for the final touches I used a putty rubber to pick-out the light.
For this drawing exercise, I have to place two pale objects together and position a lamp so that they are lit from just one side. I should observe the main areas of dark and light, and make quick sketches in my sketchbook, mapping out broad areas of light and shade using a conté or charcoal stick to achieve thick, bold strokes.
The two objects of my choice were a ceramic tumbler and a plastic toy tub. I first started with light, soft charcoal and added some detail at the later stages of drawing using darker charcoal pencil, as I had predicted this would give me more control over the strokes.