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.

Project 2 Exercise 4- Shadows and reflected light.

Shadows and reflected light.

For this exercise we were asked to place to ceramic objects on a surface with light sighting onto it, once we’d done this we’d have to draw them both clearly showing the lighting (shadows) using a charcoal stick.

For this task I decided to use charcoal as it has worked well for smudging and toning in my previous exercises and I felt most comfortable using this material. I did find this task more challenging as we had to clearly show blocks of shadow and I’m not used to doing gradual toning from where the lights change.

Below is a picture of my outcome:


This piece I wasn’t my best work I did find it complicated to show such big blocks of colour of the shadows and not be able to fully tone the objects but it was a good exercise to get used to how lighting works onto objects and how it’s different all the way around. I have learnt how different lighting works with different textures and how shadows and lighting focus on different spots and not just the same spots. It was an interesting exercise to do yet I’m not completely happy with my outcome, I do think it’s a clear indication of the task but I feel like I wasn’t in my best element for this task and wasn’t used to the type of drawing. Yet I am happy with experimenting and finding out how lighting does affect drawing with different textures and how shadows do form.

All in all this exercise was complicated in coming out of my comforts own yet I have learn a lot about drawing and how lighting works that will be handy to add to my drawing skills.

Project 2- Exercise 3 Creating shadow using lines and marks

Creating shadow using lines and marks.

For this exercise we had to split a sketch book page into four and draw a single object using 4 different materials, for this I chose to use a fine liner pen, biro pen, pencil and graphite. We had to make marks to show the shadows, I decided to do two sections drawing cross hatch and dots for the other two.


In this exercise I found it interesting in using different marks to show the darkness on the object, I did find I liked using fine liner best therefore I furthered this on for the next task. But I like how this work did turn out and it was different to how I usually display my tones during drawing.

In the next task we were told to gather 3 or more objects and not use an outline to display the object when drawing, to just just the marks to indicate the objects. I found this task more difficult due to not having outlines and being worried you can’t tell the shape of the object, yet I think it turned out pretty good seen as I haven’t experimented with this type of shadow marking before.

The image below is a view of what I was trying to recreate:


For this group of object I didn’t want them to be close together because I feared that I wouldn’t be able to show the objects apart and I didn’t want it to look like they were all merged and you couldn’t tell them apart.


This is a picture of my outcome, all in all I did find this more difficult due to having no outline yet I dod think you can tell what I was trying to recreate. I do think this may have worked better if I used either graphite or a pencil because I would have been able to do different tones and work on the lightness easier. Although I am happy with the result and I think you can see the the shapes.

All in all I found these tasks interesting as it was more challenging on my ability to be able to show shadows using different marks rather than normal shading which is what I’m used to, but it was a different way and I think the results were good.


Project 2- Exercise 2 Observing shadow using blocks of tone.

Observing shadow using blocks of tone. 

For this exercise we were told to get two objects and draw the two objects onto A1 or A2 paper using either charcoal or conte sticks, for this task I used A2 and used charcoal as I thought it was be the best to show dark tones and gravitate into lighter tones.

This is an image below of the two objects I chose and how I chose to place them, I wanted natural light therefore I sat near out sliding doors to the garden and a lot of light was then able to hit onto my objects.


After laying them out I began to draw the objects marking sure to mark where I saw the shadows and the lighter light on the objects, I found it more difficult than I’d imagined with the charcoal to get different tones seen as it was such a dark colour yet I went in with an eraser at the end to enhance the lighter sections.

Below is a picture of this result:


As noted above I did find it harder to get the tones right of this piece and I wish I made more of an effort to use the space of the A2 paper yet it was again my first time trialing something like this with charcoal so I am happy with how it turned out in the end, I found it was easier to handle when going in with the rubber and that worked to my advantage.

All in all I found this a more challenging task due to the charcoal not toning how I had first imagined but I think it was enjoyable to see the different lighting and to focus on the main light on the objects.

Project 2- Exercise 1 Groups of object

Groups of objects

For this exercise we had to gather a group of 8 objects and arrange them on a surface, after this we had to sketch them out but keeping in mind to imagine them transparent keeping in mind the weight, I found this task quite challenging as I normally like to add tone to make the object 3D yet it was a fun exercise to do to really get the look of the size of objects and how they compare when drawing.


This is the set up I had arranged and I found I did get a clear accurate result, I wanted it to look quite gathered rather than having everything placed separately and I found this lay out worked well for me. This wasn’t the original set up I had placed, I just forgot to take a picture of my view and had to try my best to match the view I had. For this task I chose to use graphite as I felt it was a nice smooth, easy gliding material for this type of task.


This was the result of my work and I do look at it now and wish I had drawn to a bigger scale and made more use of my A1 paper yet I’m happy with how it turned out seen as it was the first time I’d tried drawing objects like this and I think the picture does match the look of my drawings.

All in all I found this was a fun exercise but I did struggle at times to get the right scale seen as I haven’t experimented with this form of drawing before, I am happy with how my result has turned out.

Project 1- Exercise 2.

Experimenting with textures.

For this first task we were asked to gather a bunch of objects with interesting textures and then draw elements of that object to show off their textures. With this exercise I decided to pick 4 objects and recreate those textures in a range of different materials.

Below is a picture of the result:IMG_2580

For these drawings I used the materials of : graphite, 2B pencil, compressed charcoal and ink using a paintbrush.

Section 1- Cellophane wrapper.

The first section I did was a close up on a candle I was gifted which was wrapped in cellophane, I chose to use this texture because I thought it was interesting in the sense of its crunch when you feel it and the harsh crinkles it has when wrapped.


I decided to use graphite to produce this piece due to it being easy to glide and make various quick marks with, with graphite I was easily able to erase any lines away which I wanted to do to give the transparent look and shine that the cellophane has. I think using the graphite and the smudges and tone does create the right texture look I was going for and I’m happy with how this image turned out, it gives an overview of how the texture was crinkled as well as looking transparent.

Section 2- Wool ornament.

In the second section I did as it was an interesting texture to recreated, I wanted to use this because it was a different texture to draw, the texture was soft yet firm in the way it was placed and interesting to see every piece of hair which created the wool.


I drew this piece by using a 2B pencil, I found this was the best material for me to use due to it being a soft texture to draw and to be able to get the real effect of the wool, it was an interesting thing to draw as the texture isn’t something I’m used to drawing yet I don’t dislike the outcome, I think it gives an accurate sight of the texture. I wanted to add tone in places where the light wasn’t hitting therefore I pressed harder on the insides of the wool which is where the ornament pieces met. All in all I’m happy with the effect this piece gives and I found the texture interesting to represent.

Section 3- Rose.

The third section I wanted to use compressed charcoal to get a different material to work with and I wanted to get a different material that I could smudge with, I thought the rose would be a good object to use seen as you do get some nice softness with the petals and it was an interesting texture to recreate.


In this piece I used compressed charcoal, I used this texture for the rose as I wanted to smudge this piece to get toning in for where the light was hitting onto it, I liked using this media as I think it did give a good look at the texture of the rose and can show the crisp edges of the petals. I liked how this turned out I think it’s a good representation of the rose, I do like how the sharp likes show the texture of the edges yet the smudges show the real softness of the petals.

Section 4- Candle mosaic holder.

I decided to use this object as I thought the textures of the mosaic was interesting and the ways they joined together different, I wanted to show the sharpness of the texture and the elegance of the pattern.


For this last piece I decided to use ink as I found it would show the sharpness of the edges on the mosaic and also have a more accurate media for this object. The texture does show on this piece yet I’m not too please with the toning and I think I perhaps would’ve been better using the pencil for this object to really show the detail of this piece or maybe using a slighter paint brush. I do think you can tell what I was trying to create and the slabs of pot do show yet it wasn’t as effective as I would have hoped, I did try my best to get some tones in there yet it isn’t as detailed as I’d wanted.

Frottage experiments.

For the second part of this exercise we had to create frottage therefore I ripped out a page of my sketch book so I didn’t get all of my pages dirty! Then I went out and inside my house to find fascinating textures, I found myself finding all sorts of things but some didn’t turn out a well as I’d hoped and others really turned out well and the textures really came through. IMG_2588.jpegI decided to do the markings using graphite as I thought it would have a better outcome when resulting to showing the different textures. I was pleased with how most of them turned out and it was an interesting way to see different textures and the results of their markings, the log wasn’t as successful as I had’ve hoped yet it still shows a little of how the texture looks. The leaf was a difficult one to get markings from although you can faintly see the outline, non of the markings were a complete fail and didn’t work so I was overall pleased.


Project 1- Exercise 1.

Experimenting with expressive lines and marks.


My first piece was influenced on the emotion of ‘anger’ for this piece I experimented with: Compressed charcoal, Conte sticks, ink with a cocktail stick and graphite.


The materials in what order: Top left- ink with cocktail stick, top right- charcoal , bottom left- graphite and bottom right- conte stick.

For this emotion I found it hard to get into the mood of anger yet once I tried I found I was putting a-lot of pressure into the materials to create the marks I did. With the materials I used I wasn’t caring about what was happening and what type of marks I was making with my hand. I just marked the paper with aggression which created harsh movement onto the paper with the sharp lines and bold marks. A-lot of my mark making turned out messy, which I doesn’t usually gravitate to. In the top right I found myself not caring for to smudge the charcoal and created dark patches with a hard hand. All in all this emotion wasn’t the nicest to feel and not normally the emotion I go for when usually creating art yet it was fun to try.


My second piece was influenced by the emotion of ‘calm’ in this piece I experimented with: Compressed charcoal, Conte sticks, ink with a cocktail stick and graphite.

IMG_2546.jpegThe materials in what order: Top left- ink with cocktail stick, top right- graphite , bottom left- charcoal and bottom right- conte stick.

For this emotion I found it more relaxing, it was easy to get to this emotion as it’s much more casual the normal emotion I have whilst creating artwork. In this exercise I found to have a gentle tone with my work and create marks which represented objects or things which are calming. For example with the top right I created these wavy lines which I see as the ocean and the wave coming in to the beach which is a settling thought of holidays and fun times which I find calm me. Then again in the bottom left I found myself drawing bubbles using subtle smudging to show the glisten in the bubbles. All in all I found this emotion  a chilled approach to the mark making and I wasn’t using much pressure onto my materials at all, my movement was a-lot more refined. For this piece I wasn’t happy with the way my lines with the conte worked out as I didn’t make accurate straight lines.


With my forth piece the marks were represented with the emotion of joy, again with this experiment I used:Compressed charcoal, Conte sticks, ink with a cocktail stick and graphite.

IMG_2544.jpegThe materials in what order: Top left- charcoal, top right- graphite , bottom left- conte stick and bottom right- ink and stick.

When making marks to this emotion I found it very fun, I enjoyed this feeling when creating and I made some really happy toned marks. With this piece I felt my hand was relaxed and excited to make these marks, I took inspiration from things which give fun and excitement. In the top left these have always reminded me of birthdays from the wrapping paper and the turned excitement you get in your tummy. The top right was meant to be inspired by fireworks and the blasts of colour in the sky although this section I wasn’t happy with as it didn’t turn out as well as I’d planned, I think I could’ve done this idea better with the media of the ink. The ink and cocktail stick weren’t working out as well as I’d hope on my other pieces therefore I changed my material to the other-side of paintbrush to get more precise mark making. All in all I liked this emotion it was a happy piece to make and got me excited to make joyful mark making.


For this last piece we were asked to come up with our own emotion, I chose to use the emotion of ‘trust and trusting somebody’ I thought this emotion was used everyday in people therefore I would represent the feelings we may get. For this experiment I used:Compressed charcoal, Conte sticks, ink with a cocktail stick and graphite.

IMG_2541The materials in what order: Top charcoal, top right- graphite , bottom left- conte stick and bottom right- ink and stick.

In this emotion I felt trusting and wanting to represent the feelings I get around my family, my family are a big part of my everyday life therefore I trust them a-lot I wanted to express this emotion through mark making. My marks were light and I trusted the way my hand  was moving, I aimed to show the marks as linking to show the act of linking arms in trust. To show how trust shows connecting and learning how to join as one. I was happy with this piece yet I wished I had done a piece which represented how an emotion would feel when trust isn’t anymore but I think that would lead to my angry piece. I liked feeling this emotion when creating this work, I found my hand movement was light and I represented the emotion well, it was a nice feeling to have when creating marks.


All in all I found this exercise went well and it made me really think about the emotions I feel when creating artwork, I liked the joy feeling best when creating as it made me feel excited and ready to make movement with my medias. The material I was most found of when creating these markings was the ink when I had the right tool to use it with, I found it gave an accurate mark to what I was trying to show. The most difficult emotion I had when creating was anger as I didn’t like to get myself in such a state and use my materials so harsh, yet I found it a good exercise to really get into that mind set and see what art came from it.