Exercise 3- 360 studies

For this exercise we were asked to sit and look at a view north and then work out way round doing different angles to get a sight of all different scenes but from the seating spot to realise there are so many different sketches you can make from just one spot.

Again due to recent circumstances I had to do this exercise from my garden due to lockdown, I’m lucky enough to be able to have a nice view from my garden so thought I’d jump at the chance of sketching from a spot there. Here is the pictures of my result;

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I think this exercise was fairly similar to the last one except all of your sketches are from the same place just different directions, again I did enjoy this exercise and it does make you appreciate the sights in front of you whilst you’re deciding what textures and techniques to draw throughout, due to this exercise being fast paced quick sketches again the pictures aren’t high detail but I still do think the exercise helps you realise that different positions create different pictures and not just to focus on one angle.

All in all I think these sketches turned out well, I didn’t use much detail as I just wanted to capture the landscape and it was an exercise for fast sketches just to take in the scenery and get used to going quick sketches and taking the detail in quickly. I do like the turnout in these pictures and I found it interesting looking in the same spot and turning round to get different views. I will continue to do quick sketches such as this because I think it helps with your visions on different things. If I was to improve this piece I would have loved to get out to some new scenery and capture something different but I couldn’t do that in this circumstance.

Exercise 2 – sketchbook walk.

Exercise 2 – Sketch book walk

For this exercise we were told to go on a walk and quickly sketch 4 pieces to show what we sighted on the walk. Due to recent circumstances (COVID- 19) I wasn’t able to go on the walk therefore I did four sketches from things I saw around my garden!

I enjoyed looking at all these things and seeing my everyday sights in a different light and sketching them down, looking closer at detail, lighting and shades etc. Here are my results from this exercise:

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I did enjoy doing this exercise and it did make me think more about the sights I see and different textures, I looked at everything in a different light such as; how was I going to show the wood effect on the shed, or the holes on our fencing around the garden a as well as the different tones throughout my sketches. I do like the way these all turned out and I think I captured main sights in our garden and the things that get seen often. I think the way I presented the different textures and tones throughout these sketches were good, I liked the different techniques I used and I think I did well presenting what everything was.

All in all, I think this piece turned out well and I’m happy with the final sketches, I do think if I had spent more time on this I would’ve been able to put more detail into each of these but the exercise was to more take in your surroundings and see how different things can be drawn and presented. I enjoyed doing this exercise and will do more sketches in my spare time to get used to quick sketching and not caring much about making it perfect etc.

Response to assignment 2.

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.


Assignment Two – Final piece’s.

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.unnamed (1).jpg

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:

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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.

Research- Negative and Positive space.

Negative and positive space.

For this task I have looked into negative and positive space, for this I have looked into a range of different artists to get a feel for how affective this technique of work can be. I wanted to see how different artists from around different era’s have used this technique within their work and to see how it stands out from different work.

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This piece of work was significant in it’s time of release in 1871, this piece was different in this era due to the angle of his mother, back in this century it was known for portraits to be taken at a face on angle so the model was towards to painter, this work was not common in the 1800’s as his mother is sat to the side when being painted. This image shows the real impact of negative space due to the painting on the wall of the woman, this gives a sense of reality to the painting and shows you the life of what’s going on outside of the painting, the fact that it makes the viewer not just focus on the mother but also the rest of the picture, this shows how clever using negative space can be.

Rene Magritte.

My next artist I found interesting, the work is different and unique, his way of making art is to change the way we look into things and stretch the viewers beyond reality. His work amazed me as I looked more into it and how he changes perspective when you view his work.

Decalcomania 1966. Mysterious paintings by Rene Magritte

This image uses the negative space to represent the outline of the man, this image lets the viewer look in two sides of the image but see the same thing. The image is clever in the respect it has two sides of the image and the view focus’ of both sides. The artist uses the negative space of the image to show a different painting and to use it to let the viewer have two main things to focus on.

Patrick Caulfield. 

This artist I researched is more contemporary and use’s negative space in a way to enhance the image, he use’s the background as the main image. His work is bold, as I looked into his work I found it different to the other artists I have researched in the fact his work is more cartoon effect and he uses his negative space in different perspectives.

This image stood out to be as the artist has twisted the allusion in the main focus of the image being the background, the negative space has been made to be the full image, his work stands out in the fact the colours he uses for his backgrounds. The glasses stood on the shelf have been focused but the background is the full image. It shows how clever negative space can be, in the respect that it can change the full dynamic of the artwork and can create such different allusions.

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This image by the same artist creates the same allusion but relates to the first artist I research in the fact he has used the full image as his space, the negative space has been used to connect to the viewer and there is not full part of this image to focus on and that’s what is clever about this artists work. They use the full canvas and don’t just use one part to focus on.

For this task I have discussed the meaning of negative and positive space and how it really can make a difference on how the art is shown. I think I have learnt how the negative space can be used in different ways and got inspiration from other artists who have used different ways for this technique. I have found this task beneficial in the fact I can see how different art can be made through negative space, it has shown me how I can change the way I work with composition in my work.