1. Line and shape
Preliminary drawings – pose your model in a chair. I made drawings to determine which media, pose and view would be most interesting and suitable.
I used marker pen for my first studies, drawing out the basic shapes and perspective in pencil first.
This drawing (below) was too big to scan, so I have scanned it twice, and have inserted both pictures to show what it looks like over all. The drawing in red is actually drawn on top of an unsuccessful drawing in pink felt tip. I just worked in on top of it. This drawing is really striking and effective.
I decided to makes some larger preliminary studies to fully explore media potential.
I chose to use a broad felt tip pen for the A2 assignment drawing, because from my media experiments it seemed to be the best media for the task of drawing with a focus on line and shape.
I am very happy with this drawing. I had to use a lot of self-restraint not to add any tone, because the assignment explicitly says to focus on line and shape “rather than tone”.
I am pleased with this drawing because it has a sense of depth and form and shape, and it only uses line; it captures the essence of the pose.
Next I made some media tests to find what would be best for this task.
I tried drawing with ink and stick:
I think at this point that the best media for this tonal drawing are soft pastels or brush and coloured inks with washes. I also think that the pose in the study above is the most interesting.
First I decided to work with brush and inks for the large drawing of this assignment. I decided this because they make a good range of tones by adding water and they are blendable.
However, as you can see in the image above, I encountered a difficulty in the application of coloured ink and wash. The inks leave a water mark, and so I found that they were not, after all, perfectly suited for the tonal exercise.
I worked on this drawing for at least two hours, and I am really pleased with it, mostly.
After the above drawing I decided to make the final A2 drawing in soft pastels.
I am very happy with this drawing. It is my largest soft pastel drawing so far, and it is successful. I made sure I used all the tonal scale, my drawing has good contrast in light and shade.
I used a natural light source, which works well in this image. I focused on tone and using the background as well as the foreground was effective because the background was dark, and so it added further contrast to the pictorial possibilities.
I have found it very educational to work on this assignment because I feel I have really gotten to know tone as an independent of the other formal element, line, and vice versa. It has helped me to thoroughly get to know line and shape and tone as I did not before. I have also learned to understand how to make a tonal drawing using colour.