Assignment 3

Here is my final assignment for this part of Drawing 1, it has taken me a long time to get to this but finally I have come to do it! We were asked to do planning for this ‘final piece’ , I decided to experiment with mixed media as I wanted to include this in my final work. I thought that throughout my research of this section of Drawing One there was different styles of artists using mixed medias in their work therefore I thought I should incorporate this in my assignment.

Below is the first piece I did working up to the last one, I wanted to start off with a sketch and look into the tones and detail I can include, I then followed with a mixed media piece using a textured background as well as then adding pen to them to bring out the shading.

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Here is a picture of my results for the first part of this assignment, I thought they turned out well. I picked to use the images of a house I had from an earlier holiday I went on. Due to COVID-19 I wasn’t able to get out and get local buildings therefore this was the next best thing. I wanted to try some mixed media into this piece therefore I decided to create a detailed background for my next practice piece and add the pen to show the different shading and detail in the piece. I do like the outcome and I used the same inspiration to create my final piece for this assignment.

Below are the different shots of my final piece, I went for a mixed media piece on an A2 piece which was one of the requirements in this assignment. I do think this piece is well and I wanted to include a building I had done work on in previous exercise’s as I liked sketching that building.

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In this piece I wanted to show the colours I felt when I was there and taking the picture of the building I did the art on. I felt these colours were a good match and create a textured background for my piece, I then wanted to use a pen effect to do this scruffy type look to my image and create tones and detail throughout the piece. I like how the piece turned out and I think I did well in showing the shades and tone in the piece. The shading does show the different details throughout the work and I think I got the angles correct in the building.

All in all, I am happy with the outcome of this piece I think the tones I have done throughout the piece are good and give off a realistic look for it, I love the background and it gave off the look that I wanted exactly, I really am impressed with how the mixed media went and I’m looking forward to developing my skill on pieces like this in the future, if was to do this piece again I would pick to do several different piece and do a big piece of different buildings, I feel I work better on a smaller scale therefore feel that would be a better option for me. Futher more I am happy with this piece and I’m glad I took the time to do this, I am so happy I have managed to do good quality and took the time to do these pieces at such an unsure time!

Exercise 4- Statues

For this exercise we were asked to look at statues, to select an angle we find interesting and do a drawings showing it off. Due to COVID-19 I wasn’t able to go out and about to find a statue to do in person, my town doesn’t have one and it’s not an essential journey never the less. I decided to take this image I found off google of the Brazil statue Christ The Redeemer, I always have liked this statue and wanted to draw it for myself.

Below is a picture of my result:

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In this piece I wanted to try to get good tones within the cape of the statue and look into the tones and where the lighting hits on the statue, I wanted to show the different layers throughout his clothing and get the detail right within the shadows, I like doing this drawing a lot, I found it interesting to look at the different shading and the way to represent the shadows of the cape throughout the drawing. I decided to sketch using a pencil as I thought this would be the best to show the detail and tones throughout the statue.

All in all I am happy with this drawing, I think I managed to get the right tones and shading throughout the statue. I liked the detail I was able to put in the cape and how to represent the lighting throughout the piece of art. If I was to change one piece of this work next time I would like to do a full view of the statue and look at the statue as a whole not just the top half. I am happy with this piece and I’m pleased with the outcome!

Exercise 3- A limited Palette Study

For this exercise we were asked to pick three colours and focus on the different layers you can create building up your colour to add tones. To find an interesting sight of the building to focus on and look into colouring that piece of art. I decided because of COVID-19 again to use an old image taken from Spain, I thought the three colours I should use were Grey, Brown and a peach colour to get the same tones on the building as the picture. I wanted to create a realistic photo but again I haven’t really invested in some good colouring pencils for artwork therefore I couldn’t get the exact shading and tones I would’ve wanted.

Below is a picture of my result:

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I do think the angles on this picture are represented well and you can tell the effect I wanted to create, I do think that if I had some better preforming pencils I could’ve created a better final piece yet I am working with what I have for the moment, I will invest in some in the near future. I do like the shading I got to show the point of the building and it does create an effective look on the buildings, I do like how I have improved in creating accurate pieces on the angles and showing buildings off differently than I am used to, I have never been interest in drawing architecture but I do think I have done well in showing my skill on doing so with these pieces.

All in all I do like this piece but I would like to invest in some more premium coloured pencils to be able to create more detailed tones with colour. I wanted to show this off in this piece but it was difficult with these pencils. however I am happy with how the angles and representation of the buildings have come across and I do plan to keep developing my my skill in architecture in my spare time. With the limited colours we were chose to use in this piece I did find it more difficult to get across the tones yet I do think I did well considering the limitation of that, therefore I do think it was difficult yet I managed with the limited resources.

Exercise 2- Study of townscape using line

For this exercise we were asked to draw a townscape focusing on interesting features of the buildings, mainly using lines to do this. I chose to also add detail to this piece as I felt it would give a more interesting outcome and I wanted to show the main features, for this exercise I also used old images from a trip to Spain, I did this due to the recent circumstances of COVID-19; this is because I am unable to stay outside for unnecessary reasons and I wouldn’t say this is essential so this time has really paid of having a hobby in taking photos!

Below are pictures of my result, I think I have ended up with two really good pieces, I do think the angles are fairly accurate and it shows a detailed look into the different sides of the buildings and also showing the details within side angles:

unnamed (25) In this one I tried to capture a town square, I do find it difficult to show different floors so I do think I need to improve in the angles of floor and how to present a path, I do like the idea of getting more advanced at angles and making things appear more realistic, I’m not really one to draw big landscapes so it’s learning for me, I think I’m defiantly developing in the department of buildings but floors I’m not so great on.

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This piece I am more keen on and I do think the angles are represented well, I think when I look more in depth I see place to improve one, like the angles of the canopy of the left. I do find it difficult but I am getting more confident it doing these landscapes and I do think I am improving.

All in all I do like these pieces, I do this there is still various different things I can improve on, I do want to look into developing on angles of flooring and definitely just keep practising with townscapes. I enjoyed doing these piece’s and I do think they’re better than previous pieces. I like the different tones and mark making I have made on both of these pieces of work and will continue to develop on all of my sketching skills. I think I did capture both scenes very well and I am proud of both pieces yet I do see room for improvement.

Exercise One- Sketchbook townscape drawings

For this exercise we were asked to look for an interesting building or lot of buildings on a side angle to get an interesting view point to further onto sketches. For this we were asked to pick spots we were most interested in and to focus mainly onto those spots in a small quick sketch, we were told to be selective on the parts we wanted to focus on.

Due to the recent circumstance of COVID-19 I wasn’t able to get out and about the house the same and look around towns to take sketches, I don’t like to go out of the house when it’s not necessary or for work. With this in mind and with a lot of these exercises it has really paid off with my hobby of photography! I have used pictures I took previously from a little holiday in Spain. Whilst on this holiday there were many fantastic and interesting buildings and I took lots of detailed pictures. Below are my sketches from my pictures and I am happy with how the sketches look:

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Here is a close up sketch of the panels covering the roofing, it is an interesting piece of the building and I felt I had to capture a sketch of this to use.

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I do love how this building looks, I found the curved architecture so fascinating and it created for such an interesting sketch, I do think the angles on each of these sketches are fairly accurate and I am happy with the look of this. On this sketch I have marked my eye level to this sketch (best I could considering it was a picture) I do think it could be a disadvantage for it being a photograph yet I do think I got a fairly accurate sketch.

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In this image I captured the side of the building and the building is actually a restaurant which is so fascinating for such a detailed building yet I wanted to get in the arches and also again the roofing. unnamed (20)

This was a front on angle of the building from the curved front, I do think this is accurate in terms of the angles yet I do think the windows could’ve been better if it wasn’t a quick sketch. All in all I am happy with all of these sketches and I think they give an accurate representation of the building. I enjoyed looking at the building for the most interesting parts and figuring out the right angles to get these results. I do think I would like to look further into getting better with angles and how to show buildings better I haven’t really ever been interested into drawing architecture but this whole assignment has opened my eyes to different ideas.

Artist Research- John Virtue

John Virtue is contemporary British artist known monochromatic drawings of various different locations around Europe. His work is very unique as he uses different dark mark making to create interesting piece of landscape work which captures the moment he was in.

Below is the picture I have chosen to look more into, his work is definitely unique and not something I see a lot in my usual research artists. d9dccd660b55f8ca69975e277f7d9ac8

I chose this piece which is an urban scene of London, I thought this would be a good choice to show off his different style of expressing large landscapes and buildings. I like the way he uses the ink to drip down from the buildings, I think this gives an interesting and different style to his work and it’s his own mark on the art. I think his work gives off a dark and urban style of look, it’s quite a hazy image but you can still tell exactly what he is trying to show off. I like his different mark making throughout and the way he can show off the different tones in the buildings making it more effective. I like the urban look and how he has shown off the different shadows and landscape.

All in all I do like his work, I don’t think it is my style, but I would like to experiment with using bold colouring like this and still trying to make it look tonal like this artist, I like the drips down the page, it makes an effective look and brings more atmosphere to the picture. I do think I will look into showing different ways of drawing and creating art with landscapes instead of a typical sketch. I am going to take inspiration from all of these artists in my future work.

Exercise 3- Aerial or atmospheric perspective.

In this exercise we were asked to create a piece with tonal graduation to show the change of tones throughout a landscape. To keep in mine the distance and to show the different perspective throughout the drawing, also this piece is to be done with a different media to sketching pencil therefore I chose to use charcoal.

Below is a picture of my result, I wanted to show the different tones throughout and in the different tones I used different amounts of shading etc. I used darker tones for the background, to show the distance and also the coldness from above.

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I chose to use charcoal as the last time I used it I thought it created a really nice effect when it comes to detail and tones, I thought this was the perfect option for this exercise.  used my finger to make the effect of the water trailing through the rocks. I used quick and fast markings to show the softness and texture the grass and toned it up to the bottom of the bridge. I wanted to use my finger to show the different tones throughout the background and create the perspective of a distance from the foreground of the piece. I wanted to show less tone throughout the rocks as they were the front of the piece and it is a cold tone of the full landscape, I enjoyed doing this piece very much and am very happy with the end result. I used different methods of mark makings and made a good impression of shading throughout, I think I have created the sense of distance and depth throughout.

All in all, I am happy with the final outcome of this piece and I think I responded well to the exercise. I like the different tone work I have done throughout the piece and I think the different mark making throughout create an effective full landscape as a whole. I do think I would like to use charcoal more often as I like the texture and detail you can create with the material.

Exercise 3 – Angular perspective.

In this exercise we were asked to draw an image of a building from a corner angle and take time getting the right angles throughout and extend our lines to show the direction of the angle. I wanted to use an image I had taken of a small country house in the lakes which is open for walkers, I found this picture I had taken a good option as it shows the house on an angle.

Below is a picture of my result, I tried to show the lines and angles I created on the house throughout yet I’m not used to drawing architecture so a lot of this was new to me. I do think I got the right angle and you can see the side of the house is a different direction.

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I only did this drawing using lines and used a ruler in some parts, I didn’t add shading as I thought it would show the angles of the building and the structure throughout. I do think I got the angles fairly accurate and you can tell the corner of the building. If I was to re do this piece I would like to do a city building and add tones and shading to make a more detailed final piece as a whole.

All in all, I think I did show the different angles in this piece and I wanted to show that more by drawing the lines across. I do think if I was to do this piece again I would do a different style of building and spend more time shading in and getting a detailed piece as well as having lines to show the direction of the angles.

Exercise One- Parallel perspective- an interior view.

In this exercise we were asked to draw a door frame, with the door open slightly we were then asked to draw into the next room and then find the vanishing point off the corners of the door frame, this would help us see if we had gotten an accurate drawing or not.

Here below is an image of my final result, I found this exercise tricky as I didn’t fully understand it but I gave it my best shot and did some research on other peoples responses to this exercise and based mine off that.

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As shown I did erase some lines and make some lines as I got some confusion on where to place them , I did try my best to understand and I think my angles are fairly accurate. If I was to do this again I would try with a ruler and focus more on getting straight edges etc. I wanted to use tone in this piece to show the depth into the room.

All in all, I am happy with the outlook of this piece and how the depth looks into the next room, I’m just not as confident on the lines I have created and whether I took the exercise the right way. I will continue to look into it to see if I can make more light.

Exercise overviews

I want to do an overview and self assess my work, this was suggested for us to do. I think this is a good way to see how I can improve and to see elements I did good on also, there are certain questions that they suggested we answer so I will just do my response below. I do think my work is improving throughout these exercises and I’m learning new things and taking more time throughout my pieces of art.

How did you simplify and select? Were you able to focus on simple shapes and patterns amid all the visual information available to you?
In both of these recent exercises I found it fairly easy to select the images I wanted to recreate through art. I like to pick certain things to focus on in my landscapes, the lamp post sketch I decided to further was so I had a good subjects to look at as well as having a colourful background to make the piece more interesting, I liked the look of this and I did try to show this in my last exercise also. I was able to focus to look at all the visible aspects of the scene, the patterns throughout the nature of the landscape I was able to recreate using different markings. Due to the recent circumstance of COVID-19 I wasn’t able to get close to the outdoors so I’ve had to take some of the pictures I had taken in the past and recreate those in my work. I was able to look at each subject in my work and recreate it using the shapes I saw as a rough outline for the work. I found this made it easier to sketch out the original outline to then go in and add lots of detail.
How did you create a sense of distance and form?
In these past two piece I wanted to create the sense of  distance by creating a main subject to show a front ground, therefore the back ground looks further away creating the sense of depth and distance. I think this is an effective way of showing the distance, if the background of the picture lifts also it shows the sense of distance to it. I also reduced the size of the subjects in the background therefore it shows the distance as the trees etc are getting smaller in the back of the scene. I also used darker tones in the background to show the distance in the background, this shows the darkness and less light getting to it because it’s further from your eye.
Were you able to use light and shade successfully?
During both of these pieces I tried my best to use light, I found it more difficult to do this in my second piece due to not seeing the physical lighting against the trees and scenery. I did however manage to see the different tones throughout my pictures and try my best to add different shading throughout my work. I still am getting used to using different materials and how to represent them onto my art. I do think I am advancing well in using materials such as coloured pencils and watercolours yet I will continue to practice. In my pencil colouring I tried to show the different tones in the lamp post and used a rubber to get the lighter effects throughout the post. In my water colours I used white to get lighter tones on the bark as well as using larger amounts of water with the colour to create the reflection throughout the water. I do think I did do quite well but there is room for improvement as time.
What additional preliminary work would have been helpful towards the larger study?
I think to help me get to a large study would be to build up getting to that size, I think that focusing on smaller scale landscape is a good start; to use your view finder to focus on the part of the landscape and then slowly move your view finder away to create a larger scale landscape to work from and build it up to the full scene. I think this helps you build up the detail and see the lighting on each piece of the scene. Helping you build up a strong large scale piece of work.
All in all both of the past exercises have helped me advance in certain elements of mark making and using different materials, I also think I’m getting used to creating art with landscapes which I never normally opt for drawing, I’m not really someone that focus’ art on landscapes but I have enjoyed doing these exercises.