Assignment One.

For this assignment we were asked to gather a bunch of items to create a still life piece of art gathering all the techniques we just learnt during our first few exercises and explore them more in one piece on either A3 or A2 piece of paper.

I decided to gather a bunch of kitchen utensils and objects therefore I had objects which connected in a way and looked right together and get a more realistic setting for my still life drawing, below is a picture of my sight:


As shown on this picture above I wanted to create some different angles for all of the objects so they’re not just next to each other, instead I hid objects behind others and leaned things onto each-other therefore it created more of an interesting piece of work rather than just drawings of the objects. I found also in my previous tasks I had used objects depending on there shape and how they looked as objects next to each other rather than them connecting in a theme and there use therefore I wanted to change that and choose something I haven’t tried before; that being using objects which connect and are used in the same way.

Below is a picture of my result:


In this drawing I wanted to use different techniques and materials which I have learnt to use and experimented with in my previous exercises, for this I first used a pencil to draft out my drawing and get all of the angles and shapes accurate, after this I went in more depth with my graphite and used different techniques such as cross hatching to show the darker tones and create some detail into my drawings. After this for the pan I wanted to go in with charcoal to get some more detail into this piece and work with a different material, in this part of the image I decided to use dots also to show the darker tones on the image.

All in all I found this piece went well, I think I wished I chose more intricate objects therefore I could’ve shown off my drawing skill more by showing detail within my objects yet I think I have shown the different techniques I have used within this piece. I like how the charcoal turned out and how I have learnt how to use this material more because in previous exercises I found it hard to control and do any type of tonal work with this material yet I am happy with the tones in this piece, I think this is just because I have become more used to using this tool and have adapted my drawing style with it. I think during these exercises and this assignment I have learnt different ways to present a drawing and how different materials can create different techniques within a drawing as well as focusing on the negative space as well as the positive space.

Experimenting with mixed media

In this exercise we were asked to experiment with using traditional art tools and adding non traditional art methods to the work to get used to working with different ways of creating art and experimenting with different techniques and materials.

Therefore for this exercise I decided to work with soft pastels and then go in with a paintbrush and work with water over the top. A method I haven’t experimented with before and I found the result interesting. Below is a picture of my result:


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As shown I have decided to draw out a fruit bowl and then I went in with using soft pastels and smudging and working them in to try to create tones throughout each bit using different colours and also combining two different tones. I then decided to go in with water to see how that could effect the soft pastels to try to blend the colours more and create tones.

All in all I found this turned out well and I think the water over the top of the soft pastels turned out really well, I was surprised how well they blended together once using the water, I would try this technique again further in my art work because I found the combination turned out well.

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.

James Abbott McNeill Whistler.BN-JE194_0703WH_M_20150630142403.jpg

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.