Assignment 4 – Form

I managed to persuade my cosine to pose for me again. We did two 1 hour long poses with barks every so often. I set a stop watch for 15 minute intervals so she could stretch legs then repose.


Final Drawing – A3 ingres paper, charcoal and chalk


high lights and mid tones

For this drawing I stood at an easel with my view point looking down. I drew in an out line with pen pencil. Then added highlights first with chalk. The single light source, a window above the sofa made for strong contrast which were fun to work with. I was conscious of working quickly to get as much info down as possible. I did some more work to add in more of the back ground detail  whilst the model (Charlotte) was not there. So all in all probably did an hour 40 on this one.

I wanted to use the mid tone paper as its some thing I feel I don’t use enough. Its such a valuable learning skill to think in terms of tone. I consciously focused on light highlight and shadow rather than colour vale differences. So the lightest ares are the ones catching the light fall. Although I did emphasise the white on the white ares such as shirt and blanket as the picture didn’t look quite right with out adding the additional chalk even to shadowed areas such as side plane and shadow fall of sofa.

I feel this is the stronger of the two drawings so will be putting this one forwards as the final drawing for assessment.


A2 – Graphite stick and pencils 2b – 6b

For the second drawing I wanted to channels John Singer Sergeants fab drawing style. Not quite on the money! Issue number 1 – Having left my A2 papers at home I had only this piece of Bockingford of A2 size that was in the boot f the car. I have taken to keeping a few art supplies in the car should the mood take me. Bockingford don’t really like graphite. It is an interesting footage effect however that might work nicely say for the texture of a dogs coat with the back ground done in some thing water soluble (another idea for part 5 maybe). However for what I had hoped to achieve it didn’t rally work.

Second issue – From the off, where the last drawing had worked, this one felt all wrong. I have come to realise through lots of drawing on this course if the drawing isn’t right fro the beginning there’s rarely any chance of improving it. The initial structural elements (under drawing) must be strong and look pleasing or you’ve lost before you’ve begain. But I had the model for an hours long pose so just carried on rather than start again as I was nearly half way through the time.

I was conscious of foreshortening. Even after some revision in reality I think the head looked smaller in comparison to the feet. The feet are not great and the raised arm and right torso lack any sense of volume really. I don’t like this drawing but feel I have learnt a little from the process. Any way.. got to move on. I am as ever behind schedule.

The first drawing is defiantly the better. I want to do more tone studies moving forward into part 5 as I feel I should be doing a lot more of these. These studies will be beneficial to my understanding of light fall as (when) I move on to painting.

On a final note.. SO HAPPY TO FINALY MAKE IT TO PART 5!  Not just because I’v nearly finished Drawing one: Drawing skills but because I’v been looking forward to taking some time to really get to grips with drawing animals since I started this course way back when in March 2013. Horra!


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Artist, oil painter

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