A key focus for this exercise I think is tone and objects. I am going to use mixed media for this exercise.
I was fairly pleased with this drawing. I think I managed to really focus on tone well and the overall execution was fairly successful. I love the use of ink in the drawing, again it could do with more ‘going on’ in the drawing – like in a lot of my interior drawings there is a lot of negative space.
Overall reflection – I think I struggle with the course because of the rigidity of the exercises and tasks. I enjoy developing my work and I find it hard to hop from task to task. I have started to notice, although finishing each exercise, I sometimes develop ideas further in some exercises and not others. I think this is a good thing, as I am noticing what I am enjoying and developing my own style and skills as an artist. Part of the reason I wanted to complete the degree course was because I wanted to develop my skills and be challenged. Finding my own voice as an artist is good but also pushing myself to understand other ways of working, will give me a greater understanding of the art world and ways of working. If I wasn’t being challenged there wouldn’t be any point in my completing the course.
After completing some research into some artists, I managed to get some ideas together to link with my own development on the project.
What about different view points? Focusing on the 4 walls in the room? (see notes above)
I have now got a spark of inspiration and I will continue my research to investigate the artist further and develop an understanding of their work.
As soon as I look up Anthony Green – I was immediately re-engersiged to complete my drawing and look at my subject in a different more creative way! I went straight back to drawing. I attempted my drawing – but it just didn’t work! ARGHHHHHHHHHAW iauwbtiawvalwfhlasfhaoisfhF!!!!!! – These were my initial notes, so you can see my frustration! ANTHONY GREEN – born 30th September 1939 –
Studied at the Slade School of Art between 1956-1960. Green’s work mainly consists of his family and his surroundings. He paints on irregular-shape support. The pictures he sees in his head have no edges, therefore the drawing is not confined to a rectangular or square page. In a lot of his drawings/paintings he uses polygonal forms and a mix of different perspectives. (The Royal Academy of Arts, s.d) Maybe I could experiment drawing on circular and other contrasting shapes, that are seen unconventional for drawing on. If I had a different support to draw on then I would be forced to draw with a different manner and keep in mind that the drawing is not meant to be formulated in any particular way.
Fig 1. Christmas Mirror (1947)
Fig 2. Caimir Dunpont (1980)
Fig 3. Embassy Lodge (1990)
Fig 4. The Bathroom at Number 29 (1979)
Rather than drawing all aspects of the room by turning the page he stretches the image out in an odd perspective based using shapes. In this particular drawing he has focused on one similar view point throughout the image but still creates depth. His drawings are also quite detailed. A single page with shapes stuck on (perhaps with a different piece of paper) to create my support – just like the collaged background idea. My interpretation, I wanted to exploreeeeeeeee.
Another artist I have found was Sheila Whittam. She has a similar approach to Anthony Green. She uses different perspectives and sometimes makes illusions in the way she draws. I feel that she creates an almost dreamlike scene in her drawings and engages the viewer in each of her pieces. She plays with scale and perspective of each individual item or object in the picture. Some of her drawings remind me of surrealist art. She uses mix media and I like quite a few of her approach to drawing. (Sheila Whittam, 2016)
Fig 7. Disturbed Interior (2008)
Fig 5. Dreams of Mystic Morn (2010)
Fig 9. Body Buried in/intimate Space secure/solid/structural (2013)
Fig 6. Moving Around the Kitchen (2010)
Fig 8. Dwelling/Welling up, round-ness of being, bending, caressing, cocoon of dreams (2013)
My own interpretation:
I completed Whittam’s drawing style in the same way I approached Green’s. I started with a support/roughly sketched a plan of how I was going to attempt the drawing task. For Whittam’s I wanted to explore using mixed media. I really enjoyed completing this drawing. I didn’t feel pressurised to correct the objects form or shape in the drawing. A lot of her pieces, I feel, focus on tone and her use of media. The only obstacle I feel I need to master is the amount of empty space. I think there is a big amount of negative space in my drawing, whereas in Whittam’s there is hardly any. I almost need to bundle a lot more objects into the room, to make it chaotic. Green’s use of colour is more realistic and appropriate for the topic. Although his drawings are quite vibrant and cartoon like he sticks to one media and uses colour as its then easier for the viewer to relate to.
There is another artist who I recalled from working on during my A Levels.
My all time favourite artist – Alberto Giacometti.
I was unaware he completed so many interior drawings. He is such an expressive artist and I love his work. I would like to try and approach his style in my drawings. I’m keen to work in mixed media. I like his unconstrained approach.
Before I started this exercise I wanted to focus on key words in the exercise instructions to make sure I proceed with the task appropriately. I hoped that this exercise would be something that I can enjoy slightly more than the other exercises. I would be working quickly not having to worry too much about the execution and neatness of the drawing. The form and details of the drawing didn’t necessarily have to be the ye focus and I felt a lot more relaxed going into this exercise.
For the exercise it outlined for me to sit in one spot and complete different drawings moving around the room. I had considered doing this, and I will, but I also thought about other options on how to approach this task. I had an idea of moving the page around as well as my body creating images on top of each other from all 4 sides of the room, layering the drawings with different media.
When drawing I get frustrated that has to look like something. I decided I wanted to mix it up a bit so I thought about doing some drawings with my eyes closed. I considered the topic for this part and its called ‘at home’. There is nothing I know better than what my own home looks like, why would I need to keep my eyes open when drawing something I know so well. This was my way of adding some conceptual meaning to the piece. I want to get interested and involved in the project so I decided I would adapt my drawings, I hope that this will keep my personal interest apparent, as well as myself as an artist. I think this part (the home) is a perfect chance to develop different ways of drawing.
When I ‘attempted’ to draw the hallway, as it was quite a confined space, it meant I only had the space in front of me. I was forced to focus on perspective rather than the finer details and there weren’t many objects to focus on.
HEAD IS NOW ALL OVER THE PLACE – ARGH askfdjhas aisldfasfa!!!!
After my thoughts about a more conceptual approach I looked again t the information and felt I needed to focus on what was asked. I will now focus on drawing in the bathroom and bedroom for the ‘4 quick sketches turning 45 degrees after each one’. I enjoy working in biro.
quick thoughts – scale – drawing in relation to each other is something that would need to be improved and targeted more in the next drawing.
Looking back at my drawings I really enjoyed aspects of the bathroom. I enjoyed drawing the door. In the past I have always struggled with perspective, but I quite enjoyed focusing on perspective without being too worried if the drawing looked ok. I think the single line drawings i.e. the bathroom ones, work really well.
I think I will continue to focus on the bathroom as I have enjoyed this part the most but I may also explore the lounge as I love the feature fireplace we have.
Becoming frustrated drawing the same thing. I tried to master how to draw the sink tap as it was annoying me that I couldn’t create the right perspective. I think I finally got it. I have decided to go onto the research part to spark some inspiration.
I was really nervous about starting this exercise. I wanted it to be a presentable drawing, something that I would be proud to share (as I have mentioned before I am not confident at drawing). I always struggle with what I have in my head and then putting it down on paper. I consider my style to be chaotic and abstract. When reading about the exercise I initially chose to aim for more expressive lines. However I wanted to challenge myself and decided that I would aim for a more detailed drawing. I decided that I was going to use biro as I really enjoyed using this medium in the recent exercises. Before rushing into any particular drawing (as I have been doing) I decided to try and connect with the media and objects I was drawing.
I completed some initial sketches which consisted of a mix of organic and manufactured objects. As I was using the biro I found that it was brilliant for creating detailed marks and lines. I focused on smaller parts of a particular objects. For example the tiny holes, on the striking surface, on the side of a matchbox. I found that I started to get impatient and that maybe the biro was slightly too detailed for a drawing on A3 scale. I re-considered the mediums that I have enjoyed working with and decided to experiment with ink. I decided that I was going to use ink with all organic objects for my still life group, as this interested me more.
I have a favourite plant at the moment which I had recently bought from a florist so I wanted to in-cooperate this into the group of objects. I was really interested in the textures of the leaves. I set up a still life using fruit, veg and plants. I initially drew a quick outline of the shapes so it was easy for me to follow when putting in shadows.
I was sooooooo pleased with what I had done!!!! I was really impressed with how I had used the ink and I successfully created the perfect textures on the leaves on the plant. However it took me a while to complete, so I kept taking a step back so that I would not get despondent of the image and completed it to the best of my ability. I then left it a few days once I had completed the plant part. I was worried about adding the fruit and that it would take the focus away from the plant.
I had to finish it so on a Saturday morning I just did, and i’m so happy I did. I feel so triumphant that I have been able to complete something that I like. I executed the textures and tones so well using ink. I decided to keep the background white as I was concerned it would take away the detail of plant. I may adapt this at a later date and add some shadow but I like how it is at the moment. I really enjoyed working in monochrome as it allowed me to focus on what was there rather than worrying about what colour went where. I feel that this is one of the best pieces I have completed so far on the course. Im looking forward to starting the next part.
I really enjoy using mixed media. The first drawings I did I decided to create a textured/collaged surface to work on. I was going to use coloured pencil to draw over the top with and biro. When I felt I had added what I needed using the pencil and biro I chose to add in some highlighter pen to give slightly more emphasis on the drawing and to combine media in a drawing that I wouldn’t normally use. I enjoyed using the highlighter so for my next one I wanted to carry on using a thick pen.
I wanted to see how pen and ink would work together so this was what i experimented with next. I like the way the ink created fluidity in the piece and I can create varied tone i.e. when I water down the ink it creates a softer and lighter effect. I enjoyed using the felt-tip as it was very free but also slightly messy. I wasn’t being precious about the drawing which I enjoyed. However I feel like I need to focus on the objects to make it look like a still life drawing, the drawing, although I don’t want it to be perfectly drawn. I think it might just need some areas of detail with a different media, so I have decided to add some pencil in. Whilst I was adding pencil in, it struggled to show through the ink so I decided to use biro which was still a fine media but would stand out more.
I have just looked at a fellow students blog. BE MORE CREATIVE ALICE!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m so fed up of not being able to draw well! I struggle with drawing so much and this unit is really testing my abilities. I am trying to be creative as possible and experiment in various ways but Im finding it a challenge. I have looked at some other blogs and I have found one blog which has really inspired me. For exercise 2 the student really took colour and line literally and clearly used both in her drawing. Now that I have worked on exercise 3 I have found, I have developed my experimentation. I think this has been successful so I want to quickly return to exercise 2 to re-work some of my drawings ideas. Yet again I think I took exercise 2, too literally! If i’m going to focus on line i think biro is the best media for this. For the colour I will be using ink, pastel and pencil, as I really liked the fluidity in exercise 3.
Combining exercise’s 2 & 3
I took it to the next level and combined colours and media. I really focused on both line and colour this time. I paid close attention to my use of oil pastel which worked much better in this piece than the very first piece I did. The way I have been doing the exercises and developing each one as i’ve done them is reminding me of how I used to work. I think this is why I have been struggling from going to task to task with no ‘flow’ to my work. It used to take me a while to understand a task and visually interpret it. I’ve never been one to make the perfect piece on my first attempt and I think this is why, now on my 6th attempt I am finally happy. I find it hard to work in a regimented manor and prefer to develop my skills and experiment rather than go from task to task. I think i’m finally getting it! Whoo!
What aspects of each drawing were successful and what did you have problems with?
I was pleased with how I use the colours to blend together. Building up the tone with the colours I enjoyed however I found it quite difficult to blend the colours and create a sense of a 3D shape. I tried to darken the background to make the objects more prominent. I found in exercise 1, using ink as a medium is quite unpredictable as you never know what mark you will create. With big splurges of ink I found it frustrating to create a delicate effect with the ink, to demonstrate the dried flowers.
Did you manage to get a sense of depth in your drawings? What elements of the drawing and still life groupings helped to create that sense?
I think once I added in the shading to the background I started to create a bit of depth in the drawing. I don’t think that just the objects on their own created any sense of depth as there is no light or shading that reflects from one object to the other. I think that is is a massive downfall when it came to using tone in this piece. I tried in exercise 1 to create tone using the ink to create thicker lines. However this just made the drawing messy and harder to tell what the object was. I like abstract drawings but I don’t think I managed this.
What difficulties were created by being restricted to line or tone?
I found that the form of the objects was slightly lost as it was more important to focus on tone. Using the colours to create tone I felt limited the use of directional shading to emphasis the form. I found it hard to create form in my ink drawing, mainly due to the unpredictability of the ink but also the objects I chose were very delicate and I wanted to establish the fragile form of each object.
How did using colour affect your working method?
It was harder to create tone using colour rather than using a pencil as it was hard to build up the darker areas but it was almost harder to keep the light areas light.
As I have been reviewing this I have been thinking that I only used one colour, one tone for the first exercise. I’m going to have a little look at this and maybe add to the work to create tone. I tried to focus on pattern more, initially. I have worked into it by adding white to create some highlighted tones. I think it has added more interest into the drawing and it enhances aspects of the lines used. I kept to working quickly and used various techniques to create different types of lines and marks. I used my finger to smudge some of the ink to create a softer but fatter line and then the tip of the ink pen to create the thinner, more fragile lines.
As soon as I opened the page to this exercise I immediately noticed the image attached to the instructions. I was confronted with a ‘proper’ drawing, or what I consider a proper drawing. The form and shapes where perfectly executed and (not being a confident drawer) my heart sank. However I wasn’t going to concentrate on the image that was there. I was going to focus on the task at hand and let my own style as an artist come through. The exercise instructed to either use coloured pencil or pastel. Oil pastel is one of my favourite mediums so I decided to use that. My first oil pastel drawing did not go well. I think this was mainly the objects I used as they do not have a clear/regimented form to them (2 vases and an antler). However I wasn’t going to be defeated and decided to start again. This time I changed colours and really tried to focus on the shadows, light and colours in the still life arrangement. I started to get frustrated as my form was all over the place and I couldn’t work out what went where on the page. I left it for the day.
I came back to the exercise a couple of days later. This time I was going to set up a different still life and use more solid forms. I also decided to change to colour pencil to make the forms stand out. I spent over 2 hours on this piece but I’m still not happy with it and I don’t think I have mastered the task. Even though I started with the darkest tone and used various colours to build up the mid and light tones, I didn’t blend the colours as well as I had hoped to.
I re-read the instructions and it said ‘consider whether you’ve used good use of line, tone and colour’. Colour – yes. Tone – yes. Line – I’m not sure. I also haven’t executed the task as asked – using the side of the medium. I feel that its getting better so I am going to go again. This time making more emphasis on the side of the medium and blending my colours more. I’m going to try and not focus on the neatness of the drawing.
Im working on my 4th piece now and its going well so far. I have been using the edge of the pencil and roughly putting in the dark tones but with light pressure to them build up.
FINALLY I have done it! I’m not 100% happy but feel very much like I have achieved something! I used the colours to build up various tones. I could see the drawing changing the more colour I added. I felt that I could finally connect with the drawing I was creating adding more and more distinction to the piece. As I was working I quickly returned to the instructions of the exercise and highlighted the words that I was going to focus on, in the back of my mind, whilst drawing. ‘adding layers of colour on colour’, ‘spontaneous and energetic’ and ‘messy’. I decided to concentrate on these words because I felt that these were the only things I hadn’t focused on in the other drawings and it was what I was missing about the original drawings from the exercise. I’m glad I did and I am pleased with the final outcome.