Assignment 2

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Preliminary studies

media 1

Exploring media options in my sketchbook.  Coloured pens, markers, water soluble pencils, pastels, pencils and Biro.

Further explorations

Further explorations of media regarding layering of water soluble media with pencils and pens.  As well as mark making examples.

Preliminary compositional studies 

Compositional development work on the initial ideas for still life.

Compositional development work on the initial ideas for still life in sketchbook.  I wanted to draw plants in the garden, and I was adding objects around the plants to make a still life.  I tried plant pots and boots at first.  I made some studies of the plants themselves to see how they looked in the space.


I tried using stones as additional objects in my drawing, as they are smaller.  I found that the boots and the plant pots were larger than suitable for my composition.  I tried different orientations of the paper to arrange my composition.

Larger compositional drawings

Larger compositional drawings looking at using a trowel as an object in the drawing, and using large stones.

Assignment Drawing


Assignment drawing – still life using graphite pencil, soft pastels and water.

I have taken some photos which show more detail, which can be found below.






I have demonstrated an understanding of the use of colour in drawing.  I have used different colours to make marks and areas of colour.  I have used a range of blending techniques to combine colours and create new colours which did not exist in my palette.  I have layered colours on top of each other and I have diluted colours.

I have demonstrated an understanding of the most appropriate choice of medium for my subject; pencils are good for making fine detail marks and soft pastels are adaptable because you can draw with them, add water to blend the colours, and then draw over the top of this, either while the water is still wet or after it has dried.  So you can make a range of surface texture marks and create layers in a drawing.  This is appropriate for a still life such as mine because I have contrasting textures for soil, petals, leaves, stones and a trowel.

I have shown skill in using the mediums I have used, because I have had a lot of practise during this section of the course to get used to using a range of mediums to draw still life.

My composition was interesting because it had depth and a range of colours.  It is asymmetrical so you look at the left side of the drawing and the dark green at the top of the image draws your eye across the page and down to the right side.  It has a range of shapes to look at.

I have shown a range of mark making because I used fine lines and broad lines, stipples, dots, dashes and scribbles.  There are areas of solid colour and of broken colour.

I have shown variety in depth, drawing the objects in the foreground, background and middle ground.  I tried to make sure the right objects were in focus, and that my image was not “flat”.  This was difficult and required several layers of drawing to differentiate the plant in the foreground from the bushes in the background.  But I carefully observed the light and dark areas of the drawing and this helped a lot.

I have shown contrast because I looked for the darkness and light, as well as the differences in surface texture.  I have drawn the softness of the petals differently to the solidness of the trowel handle.

I built tone up gradually as the image developed; as I began I observed areas of tone. As I added more details, colours and textures I kept checking that the tonal qualities were still strongly represented.  I think that the tone was very important for showing how deep the image was, regarding the bushes in the background, and also the depth within each flower.

I have drawn with accuracy and shown a demonstrable understanding of form.  I carefully measured the dimensions, the colours, the lines and shapes; I observed all of these different elements and the ways they are integrated to create a unified whole.  I looked at light and shadow and described as accurately as I could the different forms within my image.


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