Project: Still life

Still life group using line

I have referred to the lines, patterns, textures and shapes.   I also have tried to observe the connections between the forms.  This is also an example of composition because I have drawn the still life off centre and reaching off the page.

This is a drawing of a turnip plant and an apple tree seedling and soil and a tiny weed.  I have scanned my ink line drawing here, and I will work into it with other media.

I thought I should record the drawing as the exercise requires, before working into it further.

It is acrylic ink on A3 cartridge paper.

Line drawing still life group of plants.

Line drawing still life group of plants.

Click to enlarge image.

Still life group in tone

Still life group in tone

Still life group in tone - three stones

Still life group in tone – three stones.

Check and Log - Copy (3)

Check and log: Project – Still life

What aspects of each drawing have been successful?

The successful thing about all the drawings is how deep they look.  I think the curved lines make the line drawing look deep, and the shadows make the tonal drawing appear deep.  I think the composition in the line drawing is good; the layering in the oil pastel drawings is effective.  I worked fast, as the exercise suggested for the tonal group, and this achieved spontaneity.   I am very pleased with the shadows.

Line drawing still life group of plants.
Still life group using line – plants.  Click to enlarge.

What aspects of each drawing did you have problems with?

In the ink drawing I found it challenging to make the connections between the objects clear, as the exercise requires.   I tried to relate the objects to the back ground but I did not know how much of the background to include; I chose to include the soil back ground, and a small weed, but I am not certain this is sufficient.  I think I made good use of my chosen medium.  I realise that the image above does not refer to colour, but I scanned it before adding colour so that I could analyse it for the quality of line separately.

I found difficulties with creating tonal qualities in their original colours, so I used any colours which had the right tonal qualities.  I did not draw the back ground in these still life drawings, so I think I ought to revisit still life to practice adding back grounds.  I also found that, although I found layering to be effective, the layering capabilities of oil pastels are limited.

Still life group in tone

Still life group in tone – five stones in oil pastels.  Click to enlarge.

I got a good sense of depth in my line drawing because I put my objects slightly in front of one another, and the fore most plant was very small, with behind it a tall plant, and then through the gaps in their leaves you could see the back ground with a tiny plant.  

My tonal drawing does not appear deep, this could be because I was looking down on it from above.  I think the shadows do give it a sense of depth; the positions of the stones give you an idea of the space around them because some are touching, and some are far apart.

I found that using line without tone made it difficult to show how dark the soil was, and how round the top of the turnip bulb was.  With the tonal drawing I found it tough to measure the sizes and shapes accurately while building up one tonal area at a time.  However, I found that after I had built up the different tones, the image began to take shape.

Still life group in tone - three stones
Still life group in tone – three stones. Click to enlarge.
I did the still life group in tone twice, because my feedback from my last assignment suggested I experiment and try to explore different ideas.  The text on the background makes the image more interesting.
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