Reviewing Exercise 1 & 2

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.

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