Pr4-Ex 1: Study of reflected light Ex2: Shadows, Reflected light and shade

Exercise 1: study of light reflected from one object to another.

Exercise 1: study of light reflected from one object to another.

I was unable to finish this study as the owner of the tea pots was in a mood and wanted them back.

  • A3 Ingres paper
  • caracole
  • white conte pencil

A few preliminary sketches to warm up.

I chose a grey tone of Ingres paper to use as a mod tone. Charcoal to mark in the shadow areas, and white conte pencil for the high lights. I have found working with charcoal allows for a quick result. Dark ares can be made much quicker than with pens and pencils. A good medium to use for quick ruff tonal studies. Like wise a white pencil or calk allows for quick indication of high light. Both would be good for tacking studies on the move. People or animals on the move in there natural environments for example.

caracole drawing pots

Exercise 2: Shadow and reflected light

  • A1 paper
  • Charcoal
  • Putty Rubber

I arranged some shiny plant pots, a mug and a ceramic boerboel on a table. The sun light was streaming through the window creating strong shadow and high light. I had to work fast as the light was moving fast. I moved the table a couple of times to try to keep the light/shadow shapes consistent. I chose to stand behind an easel for this one. I noticed working from on a table top all the time I was not getting the curbed shapes symmetrical. Working standing at the easel I can stand back and then instantly see the shapes.

This composition doesn’t really fit the brief given. It was however an interesting study to make. It was all done pretty fast. I uses large shapes to make up the picture, not getting bogged down in detail in the same way I might approach an under painting.

I reenforced the high lights by going over with a putty rubber. Most successful was using the rubber to quickly make the zig zag dashed marks on the laundry basket in the back ground. I wanted to represent the weave of the basket without spending hours drawing each fold in. first I drew some quick vertical zig zags with the charcoal. This looked rubbish. Then I approached it with the rubber technique which I’m most happy with. It gives the basket (which is white in reality) a softness which helps it draw into the background and support the pots in the fore, not detract from them.


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