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Reflection on feedback assignment 1

My tutor suggested helpful ideas to improve my drawing skills as well as my observational and critical reflection abilities. Overall, it was good to see that I am on the right track with specific strenghts on my experimental approach, the usage of my learning log, and my contextual research. Drawing skills: I think here I need to work a bit…

Part One – Assignment 1 – A personal still life

With this my first assignment I will demonstrate what I’ve learned and how I can apply my skills in drawing a still life with objects that have some meaning to me. It was requested to set up objects with interesting shapes and angles and to consider the negative space. Application of light and dark, various tones will allow the creation…

Project Two – Exercise 4: Shadows and reflected light

In this exercise I will look deeper into the interplay of light and shadow on two objects with reflective surfaces. Looking around in my home for adequate objects I selected first my new stainless steel tea pot and after further looking I selected a glass jar with nice pattern on the surface, quite right for christmas season. As I wasn’t…

Project Two – Research point: Odilon Redon

‘Deux Arbres (Two trees)’, 1875: http://www.wikiart.org/en/odilon-redon/two-trees-1875 In this drawing the darkest spot is just in the center of the picture. It absorbs all the attention of the viewer. There is a small path leading towards this black hole. At the beginning it is bright light, slowly fading into the dark black background. Lights spots are accompanying the view along the path…

Project 2: Self evaluation light and tone

The last two exercises I explored different ways of rendering a three-dimensional perception of form. I learned how important it is to understand correctly the direction of direct and reflected light. Referring to Leonardo da Vinci’s five-value rule helped me to understand the concept deeper. My initial sketches supported my learnings. What I found out is the importance of good observation…

Project Two – Exercise 3: Creating shadow using lines and marks

To create a three-dimensional perception of drawn objects, in this exercise I will use hatching, criss-crossing and spoting marks/lines. Compared to the previous exercise where I applied tones in various values through application of shading tools as charcoal and chalk, I will now use more lining tools: dip pen and ink, ballpen, mechanical pencil, fineliner. Sketchbook I took a simple…

Project Two – Exercise 2: Observing shadow using blocks of tone

The usage of tone as a basic drawing skill helps to render three-dimensional perceived objects drawn on a flat surface. According to the five-value rule of Leonardo da Vinci, one can differentiate the following five values of objects exposed to light: Highlight: direct light Half (or mid) tone: receiving direct light at an oblique angle Shadow: cur off from direct…

Project Two: Sketchbook – drawings in context ‘Basic shapes and forms’

I experimented further with different media to see how the expression and perception of shapes and forms will change. I took for this testing only one object (instead of a group of object to stay focused). With focusing on weight, perceived depth and distances, I discovered surprizing results. Scribbling with ink pen and fine tip let the form disintegrate. Ink pen with brush…

Project One: Sketchbook – drawings in context of exercise ‘Feeling and expression’

Here some of my sketchbook drawings where I experienced with some ideas, on how to express in different media certain moods. I tried to see how it works for objects (still life) as well as for people (figurative). To express emotions with objects is not so easy, I will need to do more studies on that. On object #3 I…

Project Two – Exercise 1: Group of objects

Here I will go deeper into how to recognize basic shapes and fundamental forms. Shapes are not forms, but why the difference? Shapes are flat and lines, mostly outlines are marking boundaries in space. The drawing is typically done on a flat surface, the picture-plane. Through structuring of shapes the perception of forms as three-dimensional can be achieved. Here the…

Project One – Research Point: Feeling and Emotions

(amended Nov 29th, 2014 after reflection on feedback from my tutor) For this visual research I will look deeper into the work of Vincent van Gogh, Cy Twombly, and Willem de Kooning. I chose the three artists as I am very much attracted by their work. 1) Vincent van Gogh – ‘Tree roots in a sandy ground’ (1882) http://krollermuller.nl/object.php/KM%20117.091%20RECTO/Boomwortels-in-een-zandgrond-Les-racines?lang=en , Media used:…

Project One – Exercise 1: Expressive lines and marks

Here I will learn about how to express my own emotions and feelings through leaving different marks on a surface. Will they be visible as such to the viewer? This reminds me to my research trail about the energy of vitality and drawing as motion. And last not least the visual language in pictorial form will tell the story. For…

Part One – Exercise 1: Temporary Drawings

First idea: Lawn marks Walking through the garden in the afternoon, grass is still a humid. I tried to make marks through walking alone. My shoes leaving traces. I enjoyed this, but looking at the results and pictures, it was not that convincing. The marks are hard to see/read. However, this first idea took me out of the regular drawing…

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