Assignment 4

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.

Black marker pen

Black marker pen

Black marker pen drawing

Black marker pen drawing

I used marker pen for my first studies, drawing out the basic shapes and perspective in pencil first.

Green oil pastel study

Green oil pastel study

Broad felt tip pen

Broad felt tip pen

Wax crayon

Wax crayon

Pencil crayon

Pencil crayon

Broad pink felt tip pen

Broad pink felt tip pen – left handed drawing. (unorthodox hand)

Soft pastel study

Soft pastel study

Pencil crayon line study of details from legs and feet.

Pencil crayon line study of details from legs and feet.

Pencil crayon studies of facial features and details.  Drawing on the right was originally a study of the ear, but then I drew the face, and it was larger than the ear.  I drew in where the ear would be if it was to scale.

Pencil crayon studies of facial features and details. Drawing on the right was originally a study of the ear, but then I drew the face, and it was larger than the ear. I drew in where the ear would be if it was to scale.

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.

Felt tip drawing with pencil crayon.

Felt tip drawing with pencil crayon.

Felt tip drawing with pencil crayon in the negative space.

Felt tip drawing with pencil crayon in the negative space.

A3 ink drawing using brush and ink.

A3 ink drawing using brush and ink.

I decided to makes some larger preliminary studies to fully explore media potential.

A3 drawing made with graphite stick.

A3 drawing made with graphite stick.

Line drawing assignment 4

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.

2 Tone

Pencil

First I made some drawings deciding on my pose and media.  Pencil

Felt tips and colouring pencils

Felt tips and colouring pencils

Preliminary thumbnail drawings in coloured inks and brushes.

Preliminary thumbnail drawings in coloured inks and brushes. (This is an A3 page)

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Further thumbnail drawings in ink and brush, with coloured tests and combinations.         (This page is A3)

Next I made some media tests to find what would be best for this task.

I tried drawing with ink and stick:

Stick and ink drawing on painted paper.  Blue water based ink.

Stick and ink drawing on painted paper. Blue water based ink.

Stick and ink drawing on painted A3 paper.

Stick and ink drawing on painted A3 paper.

Ink and brush on painted paper with added pencil shading.

Ink and brush on painted paper with added pencil shading.

Broad felt tip marker pen on painted paper (A3)

Broad felt tip marker pen on painted paper (A3) I used hatching and cross-hatching as a method to build up tone.

Soft pastels on A3 pastel paper.

Soft pastels on A3 pastel paper.

Soft pastel colour study on A3 textured pastel paper.

Soft pastel colour study on A3 textured pastel paper.

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.

Ink and brush A2 drawing

Ink and brush A2 drawing

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.

Ink drawing zoomed in viewIt is unfinished, because once I realised the problem, I stopped working on it.  You can see from the floor and the back of the sofa that applying a smooth area of one tone was problematic.

ink drawing zoomed inHowever, it was a valuable practise.

After the above drawing I decided to make the final A2 drawing in soft pastels.

soft pastel tone drawing assignment 4

 

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.

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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.

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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.

I have made reflections of my work relating to the assessment criteria on a separate page here.

 

 

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