Category: Part 2

Part Two – Assignment 2 – Rework

This is my reworked assignment piece from part two —— My assignment 2 piece did not impress so much. After reflecting more on my drawing and considering my tutor’s feedback, there were the following issues with it: – Composition and context: distorted relationship and perspective of the main sheep, not convincing visual depth – Color: not clear why I used certain…

Project Six – Exercise 3: Tonal Study – Rework

This is the reworked exercise from part two – project 6 – exercise 3 ——- From my tutor’s feedback that I received on this exercise related to contrast and working more reductively, I decided to rework this interior scene. As the scene as such changed a bit, I worked from my initial drawing and sketchbook studies (I did not make…

Reflection on feedback assignment 2

I do thank my tutor greatly for his feedback on my assignment 2. It took quite a while to digest his remarks. Some of them I should not have been surprized of and others that pushed me harder. After some days I can really work on it. I decided to continue with part three, project 1 to get fresh air and…

Part two – Assignment 2: Self Evaluation

How did I do against the assessment criteria? Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills I applied my learnings from the previous exercises for this assignment. Especially the usage of line and tone, color washes, ‘negative’ drawing with frisket pen, collage technique with transfer paper etc. Going through several steps of observation from life animals and their environment, I used my sketches…

Part two – Assignment 2: Your own environment

I have reworked this assignment after receiving valuable feedback from my tutur: see here   After some thoughts back and force whether to go for bathroom interior as in project 4 or for an animal drawing I decided for the latter one. As I felt a bit unsatisfied after the completion of project 5 (see my reflection) I wanted to find a good conclusion…

Project Six – Exercise 5: Mixed media

The brief asks for getting out of the comfort zone and to experiment more with new combinations of material. I reflected once more on my previous exercises and my researches, thinking about how to incorporate collage. I came back to the lonely doors from Toba Khedoori and the thoughts about interiors, doors and rooms in the FRIEZE magazine (‘doors and entering…

Project Six – Exercise 4: Line and wash

I was really looking forward to this exercise as it would hopefully give me some further ideas (see my reflection on project 5).This is another exercise that I am doing while traveling and staying in a hotel. And unfortunately I am doing this exercise as my father in law just passed away. Will see how my emotions and feelings get…

Project Six – Research point: Domestic interiors

Interior art works are going far back in the past, some famous fresco works from Giotto with interior views alongside the portraiture, mostly in the context of religion and the church interior. Pieter de Hooch painted in the so called ‘Gouden Eeuw’ in the 17th century in the Netherlands the intimate domestic interiors of its wealthy inhabitants. Recently I read…

Project Six – Exercise 3: Tonal study

I have reworked this exercise after receiving valuable feedback from my tutor on my assignment 2: see here For this tonal study I decided as mentioned in the previous exercise to go for the view into the ironing room with light is shining through the single window. I selected a vertical large format (70x50cm) for the more dramatic appeal. My…

Reflection on project 5

Animal drawings gave me a kind of challenge. The last study in exercise 4 brought me closer to my intention with more free gestural and expressive marks. I really like that but I need to study it more. Somehow I feel that I tend towards a more realistic drawing when I focus quite deep on shapes, form and tones.  I was missing a…

Project Six – Exercise 2: Composition – an interior

From the previous ‘travel around the house’ sketches I will do two different compositional studies. I will work in charcoal (as it gives richer tonal variations) in my A4 sketchbook. With the intention to look for strong tonal contrasts, textures, linear qualities, and strong positive and negative space I started my first composition scenario. Composition area #1: Ironing room  I continued…

Project Six – Exercise 1: Quick sketches around the house

I already like this exercise of traveling through the house on discovery tour. Looking for new areas, interesting shapes, and perhaps challenging situations. I worked in my A4 and A5 sketchbooks for these quick sketches and a variety of materials  to understand different visual effects. Working with charcoal and starting in our living room: Continuing with pencil and later with…

Project Five – Exercise 4: Using source material

While looking through some animal anatomy books I came across a few lion images that attracted my attention (Ellenberger, 1996). With my theme found I wanted to do with this exercise a bit more expressive and dynamic drawings. Lions, especially the females, are hunter and they do it mainly during darkness. This I wanted to capture. To warm up and…

Project Five – Exercise 3: Live animals – using line and tone

For this exercise I wanted to capture the esssence of young cows in our neighbourhood. They are still in the stables so I had to go and look for one where I could get a closer look on them. I find the fur of young cows quite fascinating as it is still hairy and not as smooth and glossy as…

Project Five – Exercise 2: Tonal study of bones and shells

For this exercise I was very happy to get hold of a sheep skull. To have a real skull in my hands was not only an intimate but also a kind of dramatic experience for me.  I could feel and touch it, and I knew that once it was a living animal. So special and so unique. I wanted to capture these…

Project Five – Exercise 1: Animal line study

This project is about pets and other animals. We do not have pets at home, so I was wondering how to get close to live animals. Either visiting a zoo or looking around in our neighbourhood to see if any farm animals are on the field or all still in the stables. Luckily, I found some cows in a stable nearby, but after…

Project Five – Visual research and sketchbook studies: Animals

From the previous visual research I took some learnings and experimented in my sketchbook. As the project is about animals I took some animal poses from my sketchbook that I took in the context of exercise 1. In reference to Garrett Phelan on his usage of line drawing together with marker pen. And a combined approach with colored areas in…

Project Five – Research Point: Pets and other animals

1. Contant Nieuwenhujis (1920 – 2005) Constant, not really a contemporary artist, is mostly known as one of the member of the avant-garde group COBRA where artists from Denmark, Belgium and Netherlands came together in the years 1948-1951 to work together on the theme of spontaneity and experimentation, with some inspiration coming from children drawings. Still today there are related activities going…

Project Four – Exercise 4: Monochrome

For this exercise I was wondering which objects to use. They should be contrasting enough and a combination of natural and man-made objects. I didn’t want to got for ordinary fruits and vegetables. Looking back at my ‘bathroom’ concepts/studies I was looking for a natural object to combine. I was searching for a narrative to tell. I found in our…

Project Four – Exercise 3: Experiment with mixed media

With this exercise I will experiment with perhaps ‘uncommon’ media and combinations. I will think about my learnings so far and how to combine them in a new still life approach. Knowing that different media require different drawing techniques. Some are working better close to the paper, some better for free expressive strokes. Key topic would be for me to…

Project Four – Exercise 1 & 2 – Review of my work

What aspects of each drawing were successful, and what did you have problems with? I feel I was successful with finding appealing compositions and experimenting with textures and patterns. Also i think I was more successful when I applied broader and free strokes. Trying to be accurate led me sometimes towards an overworked and messy drawing with unpleasant results. More difficult…

Project Four – Exercise 2: Still life in tone using colour

In this exercise I will learn a different way of approaching a still life: looking more in tone and color while creating a variety of patterns, effect, and sweeps of color. This exercise is supposed to be done in a fast, spontaneous, and energetic way. Using different colors for toning an image (dark, mid tone and light tones) and to…

Project Four – Exercise 1: Still life using line

In this exercise I will set up a still life with objects that are somehow connected with each other (e.g.  in shape, height, pattern, texture, function, story, etc.) or they are just contrasting each other. Perhaps there is a narrative within the still life. I did not know how difficult it could be to set up a still life while…

Project Three – Review of my work

Reflection: Which drawing media did you find most effective to use for which effects? – Maker pens are good for bright, quick and dense colors. Also for quick color studies, broad strokes. and shading. They are fast drying, but not so easy to blend or mix (Copic markers). Highlights need to be considered form the very beginning (blank areas). – Colored…

Project Three – Exercise 3: Detail and tone

With this exercise I will create an interesting and appealing drawing with a range of tonal values made with coloured pencils. I understand that the key elements for this exercise are: variety of marks and contrast. I selected a red cabbage with its stem, cut off, from our garden – with amazing texture patterns and contrast in texture. With some…

Project Three – Exercise 2: Detail and simple line

In this exercise it is expected to depict the textural properties of a natural object, to think about shapes and line thickness, and to work in a continuous line with a ‘non-expressive’ tool. So the perception of three-dimensions will come through the thickness of line patterns and their direction. As a warm-up I did some studies on found objects, mostly…

Project Three – Exercise 1: Using markers or dip pens

In this exercise I will look into the different ways of using marker pens and ink/dip pens to depict natural textures in the context of Pop-Art or other ways of imitative, unreal, and iconic perception. Some question that came up to me: What kind of markings (hatching, sporting, shading, blending)? What support to use (smooth, rough, found supports)? What objects to…

Project Two – Exercise 1: Experimenting

I guess this exercise will be a lot of fun in experimenting around to discover various techniques to describe surface textures of objects. I selected the following textures for me to experiment with: – Plastic net from packaging,  bamboo mat, sponge, microfiber cloth – Tools used: Chalk, water, ink, nib pen, acryl paint, sculptural tool, cleaning sponge, toothbrush I played around quite…

Project One – Exercise 2: Compositional sketches of natural objects

Looking for natural objects for this composition. I will explore viewpoints, different arrangements, light directions to find the most interesting composition that fits best the selected objects. Selecting the objects (birch tree branch, two onions, one big carrot, straw) was easier than finding a meaningful and appealing composition. I did most of the studies in charcoal in order to practise…

Project One – Exercise 1: Compositional sketches of man made objects

For this exercise I was looking in the evening for some meaningful objects in our home that might turn into an expressive composition. I looked in the kitchen in our sink with the loneliness of the dishes yet to cleaned. Four objects in a deep black sink – a cooking pan, a cup, a small glass, a cloth. For the…

Project One – Research point: Positive and negative spaces

With this research I will look into the concept of positive and negative space, and how art practitioners are incorporating this in their works. Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume, both mentioned in the course material, are both related more or less to Pop-Art. There is an interesting article about their group exhibition in Tate, London from Fox,D. (2013) in the Frieze magazine. I wanted…

Project One – Research Point: Still Life genre

Part two is looking at our environment in drawing and with this research I will look deeper into the evolution of Still Life pictures, works across the centuries to the practice of contempary artists. Traditionally still life or ‘nature morte’ is typical an arrangement if inanimate objects. eg. flower, fruit, artefacts, housefold goods, layed out on a table or other flat…

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