This page is for recording reflections and extracurricular drawings I do.
The Open College of the Arts website recommends keeping sketchbooks, visual diaries, filling at least one page each day.
These drawings include observational drawing practice as well as drawings from the imagination and expressive drawings. Please click on the images to see them at full size. I do these drawings on loose paper or in sketchbooks.
Drawings from Part Two:
Most recent at the top.
Below is a drawing of a room made using one line.
Coats hanging on hooks on the back of the door. I went over the pencil drawing on this page in felt tip. This makes it more contrasting, so the lines are not competing with the text for attention.
Drawing on text makes the pencil sort of mix in with the background. This is quite interesting, not very contrasting.
I am trying to get into the habit of drawing daily as well as the drawing I do for my coursework. So I have started to use this book to draw in because it is a good size which you can have on hand whenever you find the opportunity.
Sleeping man’s feet. Not to scale with tea cup. Separate drawings, same page.
I made the drawings above and below during the plant drawing project. I wanted to explore the background further. They also use broad graphite stick, so they are a development from my assessment notes. The above image was drawn expressively, partly due to a reaction to the environment I was working in. Below is the second drawing I made, drawing the room around the flowers. I really like making drawings like this, they are fun and busy. They seem to have a lot to say and they draw you in. (All these drawings can be made bigger if you click them) These both were drawn on cartridge paper. I used stippling and smudging with water.
Drawing on brown paper – I made two drawings on brown paper of the same apple core. I wanted to see the differences between a fine black line drawing and a broad marker line drawing.
Drawing on brown paper. I made two drawings of the same apple core on brown paper. I wanted to see the difference between a fine black line drawing and a drawing made with broad marker pen.
Drawing the room – this drawing is an exploration of the space around a still life. My still life is the tea pot, beaker, plant pot and other objects on the table. I wanted to draw all the back ground to see how this would give the objects context.
This drawing was partly inspired by the exercises we did in still life, and partly by the drawings of Ben Nicholson, and the way he draws a still life without it really being a drawing about the still life.
I made this drawing of jam to practice using broad brushes and coloured media. It was an expressive drawing which I drew in a short period of time. I also made a portrait of someone else in the room, but the ink is unpredictable.
Man with tie. Click to view full size image.
Top: my breakfast toast
Bottom: negative space drawing of bedside table
Christmas tree with pint glasses and and a pot plant.
Lamp with cricket men.
Click to enlarge – drawing of hand using graphite pencil with white paint on page from book.
Drawing of hand with white paint and graphite.
Metal hand juicer. Graphite with white paint.
Drawing of breakfast in graphite on crumpled brown paper. This does not have very good contrast.
Click here to see drawings from Part One.