Category: Part 2

Part 2, Project 6, Exercise 5 Mixed Media

For this Exercise I was to use a range of coloured media such as oil pastels , watercolours, ink and coloured pencils. I could incorporate small areas of collage.  I was to work on a large sheet of paper  A2 or A1 divided up into two or four boxes. Alternatively work in your sketchbook. I used my sketchbook and did two drawings .

I was to glance through the studies I had made so far and see which had the most successful pictorial effect, work either from direct observation of my interior view or from one of my exercise studies.  I had to mix media I was less familiar with and experiment with several studies of the subject looking at it from different viewpoints. I didnt follow this  as due to time constraints I was only going to do 2 drawings and I wanted to do an interior picture similar in style to one of my researched artist Bella Foster . It was done with graphite and watercolour, from a totally different angle than in my sketchbook which showed some shelves in the Kitchen looking into the dining room door giving just a small glimpse of the dresser .  The way Bella Foster works is totally alien to me and would be a real experiment. I felt I would be taking on too much if I did a more complicated view, so I chose a more difficult one for my second study, which was my bedroom to landing previously quickly sketched from a different angle. The second drawing I did was pastel, charcoal and graphite on an odd paper called Fisher 400, I had never used this paper before it is like sandpaper. I learnt not to blend with the finger or you would loose your finger tips!

In my first picture showing the dresser I tried to use blocks of colour in the same style  as Bella Foster, I havent used watercolour so strong before and neither have I painted anything so flat. I was uncomfortable with the whole thing and felt, although I had a good colour scheme, my picture lacked something making it look more like something I would have painted at the age of 7 years. If I was to do it again I would possible add more around the edges of the dresser to give the picture greater interest. Overall I found this hard to do, but it was the reason I felt compelled to do the picture, because it was way out of my comfort zone.  I was told to think of a title when producing my work for this one I chose Simple Things.

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For my second study as mentioned I chose my bedroom to landing sketch but worked it from a slightly different angle showing my coats hanging on the back of the door. I changed subjects as I felt the dresser would have been two simplistic for the exercise I was doing and needed to stretch myself. Again it was a real experiment, this time because of the paper. I had never used this paper before, didnt know how the colour would go on, or how it would blend. I didnt try it out  beforehand as I wanted the actual drawing to be the experiment, as mentioned above. Overall I liked this sketch but would if done again,  leave it until a sunny day in order to get more interesting shadow. My Title for this picture was Time For Rest.

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Part 2, Project 6, Exercise 4 Line and Wash

For this exercise I was to select a range of media including pen, soft pencil oriental brush pen, charcoal and oily pastel. Work on any scale. I was to warm up but drawing continuous line in different media without looking at the paper. Keep a loose approach and keep working until I feel confident with each medium. Then work on creating interesting tones by using one or two colour washes.

I don’t have an oriental brush pen so I used all the above but substituted the brush with a Graphik Line Pen.

I decided to draw a lamp from my previous exercise rather than a scene, and had no problem with any of the media used as I am relatively comfortable with them all. The lamp was drawn from a low viewpoint and produced only looking at the paper to place the first point of my pencil or media being used. I was surprised because they all came out relatively the same to look at. I am sure it says something about my brain to hand action, but hate to think what. I then washed the lamps with two colours, grey and blue. Three were done with the light from the lamp only and three were done with a side light. With the object area being so small and a the wash quick it doesn’t show a great deal of difference within the shadow areas. The top three lamps are the ones lit from the lamp itself. The washes were all quick but applied in different ways. My favourite ones were both the pen and wash lamps both were done with one wash. My worst one was the wax relief I don’t think it worked very well, probably because I have never done it before and hadn’t applied the wax well. If I was to do this exercise again I would try and make the lamps bigger to give more scope with the wash. Overall I enjoyed this exercise it was fun just letting go.

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Part 2, Project 6, Exercise 3, Tonal Study

For this I was to look carefully at how the light falls across my chosen subject, use all the page of A2 – A1 , exploring the subject using the techniques learned in Part One.

I could use Charcoal, Soft Pencil, Conte or Pastel.. I chose Willow Charcoal.

As this was a tonal exercise I chose my old battered leather suit cases and wicker basket drawing from the previous exercise. The light was poor as it was in my bedroom, so I positioned a daylight lamp so it shone on the right side of my subject. I don’t have an easel or board big enough for the size of paper I used which was A1, so I did the best I could and used a flat piece of cardboard placed on my bed to rest my paper on. Not one of my most accurate pieces of work, but for once I didn’t try to work too much detail into my subject, giving a much looser depiction than normal. Nothing was totally perfect in nature, I would have spent a lot of time I haven’t got, trying to get it that way. But I think the marks made give some character and interest to the picture. My personal feel is due to my lighting not being adequate my picture lacks disinct tone, so if I was to do it again I would try placing more light to one side to give a more dramatic affect.

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Part 2, Project 6, Exercise 2, Interior

I found this Exercise confusing as it was written, but decided I would make 4 very quick sketches and then a final one paying a little more attention. I was to look carefully at angles and various viewpoints outlining the shapes and tones using soft pencil, conte or charcoal. Each view was to have a change of view point, 2 drawn portrait and 2 in landscape. In order to help decide on composition I had to choose my view from preliminary sketches. I finally chose a close up of the door, showing beams and skirting, they had interesting angles and strong contrasts I drew the close up as I felt the furniture was distracting and didn’t add to the picture. I loved the lines and angles of this final drawing, and was pleased with it, but if I was to draw it again I would use a straight edge to get my lines a little straighter.

One of the quick sketches were drawn in charcoal. Three in Derwent Soluble Graphite Pencil. The final and more accomplished drawing was drawn using Derwent Soluble and the use of a water brush.

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Part 2, Project 5, Exercise 4 Using source material

I wasn’t entirely sure what this exercise was about, however I went for a loose pastel drawing of a horse skeleton. The exercise was to start with a found image, but then build on it to create something more personal. Find scientific and biological sources for animal anatomy in libraries and online looking for images that clearly show the mechanics of different animals’ bodies. Copy interesting images loosely, but make them into something more than a replica of someone else work, by adding my own touches. Whilst thinking about the parts that make up the whole and about movement and stillness, emotion and detachment. Using composition skill to position the subject within a believable scenario or space and keep in mind all that has been previously learnt.
I had just been to the Isle of Wight and had seen the statue of the real War Horse Warrior. I had no idea that so many horses gave their lives in the war and was horrified that so many had. It was with this in mind after drawing a few scientific drawings I decided to do a loose drawing of a horse skeleton in a war time situation using the scientific picture of a horse skeleton I found online from a page called ClipArtetc. The dogs head came from a book called Anatomy of the Dog. The two horse sketches with muscle came from Animal Painting and Anatomy, which had some beautiful drawings of animals and their anatomy. The anatomy of the coral polyp was from online.
I enjoyed this Exercise as it gave me freedom to use my imagination. I used Charcoal and Chalk Pastel and Pencils.  I like my setting, but felt it could do with refinement. I tried to use the colour of the paper as part of my drawing but am not sure it worked, as on close inspection it can be seen and doesn’t blend and could have done with a little more work. Neither does the distance work well and could do with more work. It gives the picture an unfinished look, but this could be improved with development.
I do like the setting and the emotion shown in the picture and in future may like to expand on my drawing turning it into a final piece. I feel I covered nearly all the criteria asked but there is room for improvement as mentioned above.

Research used for my scientific drawings.
Calderon, W. F. (1975). Animal Painting And Anatomy. In W. F. Calderon. Toronto: General Publishing Company Ltd, .
Malcolm E Miller, D. M. (1965). Anatomy Of The Dog. W. B. Saunders Company.
student), S. S. (2015, September Thurs). Lophelia pertusa (Linneaus, 1758). Retrieved from cold -water coral research in sweden:
Whitney, W. D. (2015, September Thursday). Horse Skeleton. Retrieved from ClipArtetc:

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Part 2, Project 5, Exercise 3 Live animals – using line and tone

For this exercise we were to do a study using both line and tone to create a sense of volume and movement through space I was free to work in any combination of media.

I am not sure if my use of a slug is quite the type of animal wanted for this exercise but I am running behind and hadn’t time to take a day trip out to study an animal, but I could bring a slug  indoors. I had already drawn the dog, cat and chicken so wanted another subject.  I decided on an abstract picture and chose paper which I felt would suit my subject. I first did some graphite studies and then a couple of coloured in mixed media. I tried a green background loose in application, but didn’t like it. When I sketched the slugs I decided I would do a white trail which was a mixture of fine line from pastel pencil and wide line from using the side of pastel chalks. I think the trails portray the brief better than the slugs, whose outline was in chalk to begin with in order to see them on the paper, then I went over in dipping pen and ink. The slugs themselves were drawn using various marks, they are not as coloured as they look as the grey paper gave the mid-dark tone and I worked with it to create the drawing of the animal.  The picture was drawn using pen and ink , mixed chalk, pencil pastels and charcoal.

I liked the movement I created and feel I did fairly well with the tone, but  I should have balanced the picture up a little more and lost a look of line in the slugs as the marks were layered, the first layer being quick light strokes using a broken chalk  pastel on its side, the darker tone was added on top using a brown pastel pencil and charcoal these were done in much smaller line, the white highlights added last in very small quick strokes. The balance could have been improved by making the left side less busy, something that cant be seen in the tight cropped picture below.

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Part 2 Project 5, Exercise 2 Tonal study of bones and shells

For this I was to find a subject and choose a media for conveying its characteristics. Notice the textures and how they catch the light and think how to convey the tonal gradations from lightest to darkest.  I chose my dogs Antler bone she wasn’t best pleased but it had a good texture and shape, which made it interesting to draw. I feel I did well showing the objects grain and texture through shading and mark making. Graphite is my favourite medium so I chose to draw the entire subject in Graphite, starting out with light lines and darkening them in 3 layers. I dont think there is anything I would change with this, however sometimes over time I will see something I want to alter which didn’t stand out at the time.

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Project 5, Exercise 1 Animal line study.

This was about line study leading to a drawing looking at the basic animal shape. I had to do a series of small and fast line sketches of different poses over 2 hours. Experiment with different, media – thick and thin soft and hard. do as many studies as I could. I then was to spend another couple of hours few days later trying to capture the essence of the animal through intense scrutiny of form, colour, texture character, scale stance, movement etc. When comfortable I was to do a large drawing on A1 or A2 paper. concentrating on expressive and gestural line and use variations of pressure speed line lengths, etc to give the animal a sense of weight and vitality. Positioning the subject in an atmospheric and realistic environment.

I decided after various sketches of different animals to draw my young cat she was not for sitting still so I attempted the drawing from memory,  a photograph and sketches. I chose her because I was more comfortable with her shape and felt this type of drawing would work better with a shape I could draw quickly. She has this cat tower and I have captured her just about to play,  the background was a symbol of her dampened fiery nature. She was born wild and abandoned so although tame she still has the element of the wild about her.  The sketch was done by laying down a quick line drawing in graphite.  I used charcoal, graphite and pastel. My Pastels were swept on sideways, the base of the cat was done this way and a series of lines were placed to look like fur. I then use my pastel side on for the base and created small rapid marks to give the mottled effect. I only made a gesture of the rope and the shadow was done using a broad sweep of pastel. I chose this medium as the chalks and pencils vary greatly in thickness depending on how you use them. I also wanted to try and interpret an atmosphere with colour.

cat uni 29201I drew various quick sketches in pen, charcoal, pencil, water soluble graphite. They were all quick sketches something I am not very good at and from this exercise have decided I need to do more.

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Photo used for reference from before my kitten grew, but it gave me an idea of her markings as she found playing with my pencils more fun than sitting for me.

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Part 2, Project 4, Exercise 4 Monochrome.

For this exercise I have to work towards creating an image in a single colour – combining natural and man-made objects and contrasting materials. I was to select a medium that suited my subject. Lightly sketch the composition, considering my view point. As I worked I was to begin building the colour looking at the way light hit the subject. Capture detail and contrasts. When finished I had to be critical. Look at the subject again. See what I have managed to capture effectively and what hasn’t worked as well.

To start my critical analysis, I think I capture the wood effectively and the light on its surface from the candle reasonably well, but I feel the Ivy was a little flat and I have failed to give it the look of being alive and have not managed all the highlights on the leaves as well as I wanted. This may be in part the monochrome nature although I feel I could have portrayed them better with just Graphite. I chose to use Pastel, Derwent Coloursoft and Faber and Castell pencils. I think these suited the subject well, the fine pencil leads, giving me the ability to create a lot of detailed marks. Composition is fair and pleasant to the eye, but I would, if time was not an issue, of tried a few more sketches to make sure my perspective and composition were more accurate. My placement is slightly out showing the base lopsided I noticed this when I sketched the picture but it takes time to get the ivy accurate and I felt as I am already behind with the course, it was best left..

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