Composition- an interior.

For this exercise we were asked to pick one of the rooms from our previous exercise and enhance and look more in detail of the layout and objects in the room. We were told to use a soft material to do quick sketches and find an angle we were comfortable with recreating.

I chose to do this exercise using a soft pencil as I found it was the material I am most used to using and am comfortable with showing tone with using this medium. I also chose to do this exercise with the living room, I chose this room due to it having good lighting during the day and I enjoyed recreating and drawing this room in the previous exercise. I chose to do all of these sketches landscape, I did this because all of the sketches I was doing fit better when landscape and I would fit more of what I envisioned on the page. Below is a picture of my results:




I think the sketches I have done for this exercise turned out well and the tones I have showed are an accurate representation of what I was seeing, I made quick visual notes and changed my view each time. I enjoyed doing this exercise the same as the last I liked being able to do quick sketches and not worry too much on the final look although I do think that the sketches turned out well and how I’d imagined. All in all I think this exercise was a success and I think I have built more of a skill when coming to identifying lighting and doing quick and detailed sketches.






Quick sketches around the house.

Quick sketches around the house.

For this exercise we were asked to grab out sketch book and a soft pencil and make our way around each room in the house making fast visual observations and making four quick sketches from four view points of the room. In this exercise I decided to do sketches of : living room, dining room, kitchen and my bedroom. I didn’t feel like I needed to draw the toilets or my parents room. Below is a pictures of the results:


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Living Room.

This room I found interesting to draw as there was a lot of different items and I enjoyed looking closely at the textures and depth of the items instead of glancing at them like I usually do in my daily life. I found it was difficult to scale things down but once I did I liked recreating a miniature version of the sights I was seeing, all in all I liked doing this room as I found it fun to recreate and scale down the furniture and it was more of an easy room to recreate through my drawing.




Dining Room.

The dining room was my least favourite and I disliked recreating this room all together, I found that the items were difficult to represent in the angles I was seeing and to make it look realistic was difficult. I wasn’t too impressed with my final outcome of this room and I found it was pretty bland. The chairs were difficult to position in my drawings to look on the right angle. I would not like to work on drawing this room again.





I enjoyed doing the kitchen the same as the living room, I found it was fun to recreate the character of the room and to get to terms again with the layout and texture of the room I go into everyday. The cabinets turned out to be a challenge but I felt like the end result really worked out and the sketches I produced were an accurate viewing of what I was visually seeing when sketching. All in all it was one of my favourite rooms to recreate.





I think that this room was my favourite. Seen as my bedroom is my canvas to create with as I live with my parents I loved really looking into the details and sketching out the room I have picked everything out for. I loved filling in the details and placing things exactly how it was seen in front of me, I think this was the easiest room I had to recreate through sketching.



This exercise was really fun, I loved recreating the place I live in and looking at things more in depth than usual to sketch it out. I found it helped a lot with coming to terms with quick still life sketches and helped me advance my sketching skills. The room I most enjoyed recreating was my bedroom as it’s personal to me and I had fun creating a miniature version of where I spend most of my time. All in all I found this exercise really helped me advance on my skills and made me think more about how to view and angle my drawings.


In this exercise we were asked to get a range of objects that are man made and then also natural, once we’d done that we were to create a piece of art using one single tone using one material of our chose.

For this piece I decided to use coloured pencils due to it being the material I am most comfortable with using when coming to this type of art. I placed a plate down and placed two apples next to each other and sat to down from an angle I thought was be most effective when drawing. I decided to use red because it represented the colour of the main subject meaning the apples.  Below is a picture of the result:


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In this image I found it was difficult to use one colours to really show the difference between the objects and identify what was what, yet I think with the final result I worked well on showing the difference between the items.  I do think that because I don’t have much practice in using coloured pencils when doing art so I don’t think the work I did is as good as it could be if I practice more in tonal work with coloured pencils. I do think the piece is good in terms of fitting the exercise yet I would like to come back to doing a piece like this and exploring more with using coloured pencils, normally when I do a still life sketch or sketch in general I just go to a standard pencil I never think about using colour but after trying out and getting a bit more familiar with this material I will do some private practices.

All in all I am happy with how this piece turned out and I think the piece fits the brief yet I do think with more practice in doing these types of drawings I will be able to do piece I’m more proud of and have more of a comfortable feeling when drawing.



Review of Project two.

Review of project two.


For these two exercises I found the materials I used were both successful and I was happy with how well I was able to adapt to using them and learn quickly how to show tone. The one thing I would say was a bit more unsuccessful was figuring out how to place and show the objects and to also get a lighting onto them which showed the different tones and shadows onto them to create an interesting piece.

I think with these piece I did manage to get a good sense of depth and really work at getting an accurate representation of the objects, trying my best to get an accurate scale at the same time. For getting this so accurate I found an aspect that helped was to see the background and to see clearly how it was set out.

I found being restricted to just using lines and tone interesting, seen as I normally have more freedom when drawing I found it different experimenting with new techniques and being restricted to one style. It was a bit more difficult doing things straight from using a non erasable material was difficult because I normally like to map out my drawings before I go fully in with a permanent material.

I found I worked a little differently using colour in my drawings because I couldn’t erase anything out after drawing it, I also found it was different to blend in the colours into each other and it was a different technique to show tone into the drawing but all in all I found it a good exercise to get used to using colours within my work.

Still life in tone using colour

Still life in tone using colour.

For this exercise we were asked to draw out objects using a coloured material and then change colours every time the tone on the objects changed. We were told it could take us more than one attempt to get a piece we’re pleased with.

For this piece I chose to line up two containers and draw those out, I decided the best media for me to use was coloured pencils and I did this exercise in 2 pieces using two different colour methods and one I liked better than the other. Below is the pictures of my results:

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I found this exercise interesting to do, I have never used coloured pencils to do tonal work like this before and I found it quite an interesting way of showing tone. I wanted to stick to the same colours but in a different shade or tone therefore it wouldn’t look as messy as using completely different colours. I found I preferred how the first attempt I did turned out, the reds seemed to blend well together and created quite a tonal representation of the objects I was trying to recreate.

For this exercise I used a different style of technique when showing the different tones as well as doing some detail using cross hatching. I found the way I have used the coloured pencils has made the drawing look quite realistic and an accurate presentation of what my view of the objects was.

All in all I am happy with how both of there pieces have turned out although I was more impressed with my first piece due to the colours having more blend-able features and really showing the shadows and tones change throughout the objects. I haven’t really experimented with using colours for using tones before so I found it fun to use this media in my work and I will practice tones with colours more in my spare time.


Still Life Using Lines.

In this exercise we were asked to gather a bunch of objects that some how connected, in either similar heights, weights or had a connection naturally. After we’ve gathered and placed the objects we were asked to draw them from any angle and view point we wanted and to do this piece of work using some type of ink based tool.

For this piece I wanted to use a display of kitchen items as I found they connect in a natural way and it would give life to my drawing as it’s a daily appearance in our lives. After I got the set up I decided to use a ball pen as it’s easy to use and creates good tonal work. Below is a picture of the result:

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In this piece I found it was a nice exercise to do, I liked using the ball pen to show the tones and textures throughout the piece, I found it was a really effective and different way of drawing an image out. I am happy with the composition of this piece and I’m happy with the angle and the way I’ve set out the objects.

In this piece I decided to go with a lot of the cross hatching technique to show the tones during this drawing, I found with using the ball pen it was the best way to show the dark tones, it was easy to make quick and fast lines to really show the detail and tones within the objects.

All in all, I am happy with the result of this piece and I think it’s really effective in the way of the tonal work and the different techniques I have used throughout the drawing. I am really pleased with how the drawing has turned out and I will further this technique throughout my artwork because it has been an effective way of showing tone and different texture throughout my drawing.

Detail and Tone.

Detail and Tone.

In this exercise we were asked to draw an object either something like a shell or some draft wood (something with textures) we had to use various different tone work and use techniques such as shading, cross hatching and using an eraser to enhance the light tones of the object.

I found this exercise enjoyable to really go to town on making the object I chose look 3D and use multiple methods to enhance the dark and lighter tones, I decided to go with a shell seen as I found it was the most interesting to get different textures and lighting onto the object. Below is a picture of my result:

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As shown on the picture I used a lot of cross hatching to really pop out the darker tones on the shell and I used the eraser occasionally to show the light tones on the shell. I enjoyed using the cross hatching to show the dark tones and using that technique throughout this piece I found worked out and was quite effective, I also thought enhancing the lighter tones with the use of an eraser was an effective use and I’ve learnt a lot about how you can show tone through using a pencil.


All in all I am happy with the result of this piece and I think the techniques I have used turned out to make the tones look effective throughout this piece. I have learnt a lot about different ways to preform toning and how to create different ways of using and showing tones that I will take on board and use throughout my work.


Review of part one:

For this piece I found the best technique for this exercise was the cross hatching- I found this the most effective due to it showing the darkest tones and being buildable to really make some effective tonal work.