Exercise 3 – Study of several trees

I was looking forward to adding some different medias and colour into this task. I completed one drawing out my window – where I felt comfortable drawing from and another outside in the park. Again for this exercise I did some preliminary sketches and then took photographs so I could complete the second drawing back at home with the media I wanted to experiment with.

For my first drawing I used oil pastel. I love working with this media but I have found it hard to use in other subject matters so far. I developed layers of oil pastel to create different textures and the suggestion of leaves. Once I had completed this drawing I decided that I would adapt the oil pastel and experiment with them. I was keen to establish distance between the trees, i.e. the trees further away should be harder to distinguish. I smudged the oil pastels in the background to create an essence of space and distance between the trees. I made a point of focusing on mass in both drawings.


In my second drawing I used the ink to create a sense of perspective and distance for the group of trees. I consciously made the effort to use brighter colours at the front of the drawing and then softer, watered down colours in the background. I definitely could have distinguished the trees better from one another and focused more on form in the ink drawing, although I think my impact and decision of using colour, worked well. I maybe focused too much on using different media and colour to create a sense of distance rather than focusing on the from of the tree.


My final drawing was a very immediate reaction to my creativity, something to enhance where I was and what I was feeling at the time. I again focused on the task, concentrating on distance between trees and so on. I wanted to create an immediate sketch with feelings, emotions and movement. I have enjoyed using ink to draw with so far in this unit so i grabbed my back ink and started drawing! I enjoy the movement and unpredictability of the media in this drawing.


Out of the three exercises I think the detailed drawing was the most successful.

Exercise 2 – Larger Observational study of an individual tree

I enjoy drawing in biro and have recently used biro a lot in my drawings so I decided to use pencil for this exercise. Once again my heart sank as I read the exercise and it was going to be an in-depth study of a tree. However I took a deep breath and approached the task at hand. I decided to sit inside looking out the window (as our garden backs onto a park). I set up the timer to an hour (which was the minimum time given for the task). I really struggled with the drawing and after half an hour, I gave up.


This was the outcome… ^^^^^^^

I started a new job during this week and focused on that for a couple of days and then I retuned to drawing. This time I decided I was going to embrace the task and really concentrate on what was being asked of me. I packed a bag of essentials and set up camp in the park behind my house. I found that being outside, surrounding myself within the subject matter, I was able to engage with my drawing more. I went up to the tree and felt the bark. I completed some frottage and studied the tree for a while before I began drawing. This really helped. Also being out in the fresh air, which gave me a positive feelingĀ  and positive thoughts about the task. I did about half an hours drawing outside on this exercise and then took some photos to complete the drawing back at home.

In total I spent roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes on this task. I was pleased that I was able to challenge myself in this way and even better that the outcome of the drawing was a successful one, I think.


Exercise 1 – Sketching Individual Trees

For this exercise the sketches were only preliminary sketches to get to grips with the forms of a tree. I liked working this way as it was quick and effective. The drawings are very minimal but I think thats ok. They are initial sketches to allow me to gain confidence in drawing the subject matter. I decided to use charcoal as I think it is a good media to work quickly with.





Fig 1. Tree (2016)


I was so glad to turn the page and find that these groups of drawings were going to be trees. I love drawing trees and focused on tress and landscapes during my first unit at A level Art, so ultimately I started this exercise feeling positive, which made a change

Figure 1. Powell, A (2016) Tree [photograph] In: possession of: A Powell: Crystal Palace