After completing exercise two I decided to further onto another piece using the same exercise method of going into detail of the trunk of the tree but using biro pen instead. As experimenting went so well with the chalk I thought I’d try with another material.
In the past I have done a lot of work with biro at GCSE level and also BETEC, I used to go to this material all the time for a messy look or to gather more of a boldness to my work, therefore I thought it’d be perfect for this exercise.
Below is a picture of my result:
I am really glad I decided to do this second piece as I think the detail the biro creates is great, it picks up the detail and different shadows on the tree and really has a unique look on the drawing. I like how the biro was when it came to doing different tones on the trunk, building up shadow and aspects of the tree was really easy and I think the outlook looks really good. I’m happy with how this overall piece turned out and I think it gives a different look on the tree trunk all together.
If I was to change anything or this piece it would be to focus more really closely on the individual details of the trunk and to perhaps do a full drawing of the tree not just a section other than that I think this piece turned out really well and I will be using biro again in more of my drawings!
For this exercise we were asked to focus more on the trunk of the tree and spend a long time on this task to get a really good look into the detail of the trunk and features shown onto it.
Yesterday I did a sketch using charcoal on a similar type sketch involving detail and to have ago at drawing a full tree using a material I wouldn’t normally choose for drawing, because of how well I liked how it turned out I decided to use this material again and really focus on the detail on the tree.
Here is a picture of the result of this exercise:
As shown on the image I spent a long time really focusing on the detail and tones of the tree, I wanted to really get across the texture of the bark therefore I did quick and bold lines. I found it really fascinating looking into depth at the tree and looking at the details within the bark and tried to get this across in the drawing.
I loved how I could get so in detail and really show the strength of the trunk and really focus on the shadowing along side the textures of the bark. I like how this piece turned out and I think using the charcoal has given me a whole new perspective of using another material to give a more detailed and realistic outlook onto my drawings.
If I was to criticise this drawing I would say I would’ve liked to finish off the tree but seen as the exercise was to focus on the trunk I didn’t want to clutter up the exercise by adding the leaves and full structure to it. I think if I was to re do this piece I would also add a bit more shading to the roots and bottom of the structure instead of just focusing on the twists of the tree.
Furthermore, I am pleased with how this piece had turned out and think I have improved in my details of trees since the first exercise I have found a new material I am now just as comfortable with and plan to explore with various other materials!
Seem as the new project/ assignment is revolves around tree I wanted to do some experimental work in my sketch book to get used to the look of trees and how I go about the detail in my drawings and using materials I wouldn’t usually pick to draw with.
In my assignment two feed back I was told to spend more time doing work in my sketch book and developing on my drawing skills independently to advance my self more on sketching and quick drawing as well as exploring new materials and ways I can draw.
I was always a bit apprehensive about drawing with charcoal as it’s not a material I would ever pick up and draw with but once I started on this drawing I loved the way it felt and the texture it brought to my drawing, I felt it brought the tree more alive and enhanced the detail in a different way a pencil would do. It shows it strength and how dark the trunk is but also shows the softness I want to show for the leaves falling over and hanging above the structure.
I found this piece very fun to do and has opened my eyes to using and experimenting with more materials within my work instead of sticking what I’m used to. I’m proud of how the tree looks and I’m excited to further on with this part of the drawing course.
For this exercise we were asked to draw four separate drawings of the same tree doing different forms of exercises. The first one being to do a simple and basic outline of the tree to get a basic idea of the form and the shape the leaves form such a big volume around the tree. The next one is to draw basic shapes in the outline of the tree and to start some initial shading to form more dimension of the tree. Furthering onto doing a basic outline and look onto the branches and the trunk of the tree, the last one was to draw with lots of scribbled lines and add some shading whilst forming a way of showing texture of the leaves onto the trees.
Here is an image of the first drawing to do, this being an outline of the basic tree shape:
This piece was fairly simple, it was good to get a rough idea of the basic outline of the tree and to look around the tree rather than just inside the tree. I think this piece clearly shows the outline of the tree and how I have tried to include the full outline including the volume on the tree that the leaves will form.
This next piece is to add some branches and shading to the tree and focus more on the inside shapes and tones of the tree:
This piece was a fun to do as I liked to outline the branches and add a little more detail to the tree and add some tones to the trunk. I also added some grass around the bottom to get more of a detailed outlook to how the tree looks as well as some leaves so it gives more of an idea what the outlook on the tree is. I found this piece interesting to do because I was looking at different features of the tree other than just looking at it as a hole. I found it quite tricky to identify the different branches but I think this piece gives a good outlook on the shading and structure of the trees.
With this next piece it is just a look at the structure and the branches of the tree and to have more of a look of the trunk, here is a picture of my piece below:
This piece is simple but I think it gives a good idea of the structure and trunk of the tree focusing more on the inside of the tree rather than the over all look, I think I got an accurate outlook onto the trunk and branches. I also added a look at where the leaves and over view of the leaves go which give the tree its main volume.
The last piece was to add some more tone to the over all look of the tree and to also use more scribbled lines to the tree as well giving the leaves a texture to define where they go throughout the tree:
I enjoyed doing this pice because it was a little messy doing the lines and I didn’t care so much to get an accurate shape of the tree more like a scribble sketch of the overall tree. The shading I wanted to do some cross hatch to get more of a detailed and dark shade to the trunk. I only did the main branches of the tree for this piece to show off the main structure of the tree and not to do so much detail. I also then decided to do swirls and dark lines for the texture of the leaves because I thought it gave quite a light look which is what the leaves look like when being part of such a strong structure and this I did all over to really show the impact the leaves have on the volume of the tree.
All in all, I really enjoyed doing this exercise because I think it gave a different light on the tree and gave me a chance to look more in depth at the structure and inside of the tree as mainly when you look at trees you just see it as a whole and don’t really notice the strength it has or how the branches really make up the tree and how much volume the leaves actually have on the whole of the tree. It has made me excited to further looking into the details of trees and using different materials and medias throughout.
My response to my feedback from assignment 2:
Firstly, I think I did quite well during this course again. I did have some unfortunate events happen to me during this assignment yet I still powered on and completed the work although I may not have spent as much time as wished on this part of the course, I do think if I spend more time developing onto my work I will improve and get more outstanding work. Throughout my feedback it is mentioned that a few of my pieces could have done with some extra work to fully make an improvement but I think I can take this feedback and act on it in my next assignment.
A lot of my feedback revolves around lack of depth perhaps due to working fast during this project but then also it’s mentioned I’m too heavy on the outer-line of my objects drawings and again paying less attention to the lighting, I may sometimes go off what I think would look right in a drawing and I need to stay clear of this because it doesn’t create an accurate and realistic piece of work. Also mentioned is for me to step out of my comfort zone and experiment with different materials as I always stick to what I know works best for me, I think I agree I do seem to use the same materials when doing my work just because I know that works for me but if I step out and try different things I may find new unique ways to display my work that I prefer.
Furthermore, it is talked about that it isn’t clear I am using my sketch book for independent sketches, because of this I am going to make a strong effort to take more time to do quick sketches of still life and document them in my research part of my blog as well as reflecting my work to ideas from artist research.
In my list of things I should try and do it says about doing independent drawings in my sketch book and uploading them to my blog, my tutor also suggested watching youtube videos of certain artists to get me more appealed to using different materials and getting more ideas to experiment with my work. So I will make a strong effort to complete all of these task and spend more time on my work and picking out the materials I choose to use.
For this assignment we were asked to experiment with colours and show different ways of mark making throughout taking ideas from our previous’ exercises to get a rough idea of what to do.
Therefore for this assignment I began with two small pieces to get an idea of some experimental work with mixed media. I wasn’t to keen on the results of these two designs so went back and thought through what might be better for me to do, therefore I went for a kitchen/cooking style still life and tried two methods I felt comfortable with. Below is a picture of my first drawing where I just used a sketch pencil and toned with the shadows and tried to go in depth with the shadows etc.
As you can see in the final outcome of this piece I have tried hard to focus on the tonal work of these objects and have continuously used different mark making from crosshatching to using a rubber to make marks in the lighter parts of the objects. I like how this piece looks as I think the lay out of the objects is effective and you can clearly see where the light is hitting the still life. I feel like in this drawing I have developed within using harsh lines for the outline of the objects as in I haven’t shown heavy lines throughout and the tonal work in general is a big improvement on my past piece’s of work. I strongly enjoyed doing this still life piece and think the out come is good.
Moving on to piece two I took the same still life and just coloured the drawing in the best way I could seen as the big part of the picture was the pan which is already silver. Looking past that, it was a big difference to work with colour as I’m not usually one to work with coloured pencils yet I enjoyed doing it and think I’ll further with doing this in the future. Here is a picture below of my result:
Again in this drawing I used a range of different mark makings to enhance the different tones of the objects, I do like how this piece turned out I think the colours pop the image out more and it makes it look more realistic, I think I still need to work more on using colours as it’s only been a couple of times for me using it, but I think doing more personal trials in my sketch book it will help me improve my skills. I am however happy with how this turned out, I think when I do these style of drawings again I will try and include a back drop to make the full image come more to life. All in all I think I have improved in my drawing skill since first starting and I’m happy with how I am coming along. I do think to improve my skills now I will try to add little details into my work and also doing a back setting will help the image come alive a lot more.
My response to my feedback from assignment one:
Firstly, when reading this feedback I was quite proud. I haven’t done any of this type of work or worked with some of the medias during assignment one so I was proud by what positive feedback I received, seen as I was new to this form of work and how things are set out I found it difficult to know whether or not I was doing the right layout of talking about my exercises in the right way but this feedback cleared my mind and I was deeply pleased by how positive it was.
During my feedback it was mentioned that during still life sketches I would sometimes draw what I thought was meant to be there or the shadows that would typically be on the object, when this was mentioned I had to think back and I realised that it could have been the problem. Some times I found myself getting a little confused on the lighting of where the sun hit it and when I mapped it out on my paper I thought it looked a bit odd so tweaked the lighting, however now looking at the feedback I know in future to show the visual lighting I see and get the most accurate of still life drawings I can. Even if the lighting and shadows may look odd I need to keep the realism and not let my mind envision something which isn’t there.
Furthermore, it was mentioned to spend more time doing some independent drawings away from the exercises therefore I am going to make a strong effort in doing quick sketches on the daily to help boost my drawing and visual skills in still life. My tutor also gave me an insight in some artists I should get involved in and research for some inspiration during this part of the course, therefore I think I will take more time in looking into different styles of work from different artists and get more inspiration in the different ways I can present my work.
In my feedback I got 4 bullet points of things I should aim for in my further work, one of them was to reflect on this feedback. The next point was to do more experimentation in my exercises and use a bigger variety of materials to learn how to have a wider range of skills in different materials not just a pencil. I was also then advised to do more observational drawings to widen my skills and get a better visual aspect on how things look when it comes to drawing, I will take this advise on board and take time to do sketches. The last point was to look into the artists she’d provided which I will take the time to get inspired by their pieces of work and learn different techniques.
All in all I was so happy with my feedback from this first assignment, seen as it was my first one and I was just getting to know how to present my work and how to fully talk about my exercises when uploading them. I am proud with how well I actually did for my first time doing something like this and I am looking more confidently at my next assignment on the course.