Project: Drawing fruit and vegetables in colour

Exercise: Using hatching to create tone

img548 Coloured ink and coloured pencils.


Composition idea drawings

drawing fruit and vegetables full view

This was my first A3 drawing for Using hatching to create tone.  (above) I did not remember to use tone.  But I think that this was a worth while drawing to make.  It shows the outline shapes of the objects and their shadows.  I used a brush and ink for this drawing.

Using hatching to create tone

Above is my second A3 drawing for Using hatching to create tone.  I am really pleased with the effect of using a brush for hatching.  I have not had much experience hatching with any tool that was not narrow, like a ball point pen or a pencil.

Exercise: Using markers or dip pens


Above is a sketchbook page where I have tested my different pens to see the qualities they have, and a selection of alternative composition ideas.  It was a good opportunity to explore a variety of different available marks for drawing fruits with marker pens and dip pens.  I tried out stippling, hatching, cross hatching, outlines and shadows etc.  This helped me to get an idea of the way the shapes and colours looked around each other, and how the media worked together.Using markers or dip pens

Above is my drawing on an A4 sheet of paper with a rough surface.  I used a lot of hatching in the end, because I found it most effective for building up shape with tone.  I found that one of my dip pens became erratic on the textured paper.

Working with pen from the beginning means that mistakes are clearly visible, but that makes the drawing interesting I think.  When I made the shadows I used purple felt tip.  At first they were far too heavy and so I washed over them with water.

I am really pleased with how this drawing went.  I feel like I have improved my abilities with hatching and layering with coloured media.

Exercise: Drawing using oil pastel

Drawing using oil pastel

Drawing using oil pastel

This drawing is on A3 coloured textured paper.  I think that textured paper is really good for drawing with oil pastels because it helps you to develop layers of colour and the appearance of three dimensions.

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Check and Log - Copy (3)

Your composition should occupy most of the paper’s surface.  How much negative space do you have left?

I would say that between a quarter and a third of the paper is negative space in most of my drawings.  Possibly even a half of the space is negative.  I have tried to occupy most of the space in the page, but I also do not want to over fill my images, making them too busy.  I think it is important to leave empty spaces so that you can see the objects within a space interacting with each other.

Using markers or dip pens

Using hatching to create tone

Drawing using oil pastel

What have you learned from drawing fruits and vegetables?

I have developed my skills in hatching a great deal, from learning to use hatching with a broader line such as a brush, to using coloured media for hatching, and layering the lines to create depth of colour as well as tone.

I have learned more about composition, and positioning objects in a space.  I know more about still life drawing.  I have learned that it is acceptable to draw things which are in the background of your still life, as well as the objects in your arrangement.

I have learned that pastels work very well on textured paper.

pastel drawing detail

What did you find most challenging about this part of the course?

I found it challenging to draw the fruits and vegetables that look like fruits and vegetables while using the range of media which I do not associate with accurate drawing.  More specifically I found drawing with coloured ink and brush very challenging.

I had to measure with my eyes and draw straight on with ink, and I had to use hatching.  But I did find that it was a rewarding process, and I am very happy with all of my drawings from this part of the course, because I learned things from all of them.

I feel I know a lot more about drawing in colour, drawing with pastels and drawing with ink and brush.


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