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 for me was to balance tone and color. Although I checked overall toning and contrast regularly and corrected where needed, the overall color impression moved between monochrome and artificial. Somehow I feel that a combination of line drawing and color toning could work better for me.

Did you manage to get a sense of depth in your drawings? What elements of the drawings and still life groupings helped to create that sense?

I created depth either through objects overlapping each other or a background (e.g. wall). Depicting cast shadows correctly following the light source direction helps to create depth and spacial orientation. Further, indicating shapes in the front (e.g. sink) or in the back (e.g. mirror, reflections) enhance the perception of depth. Setting some mid tones are forcing a perception of form and with that the perception of depth. Sometimes, only a few lines/marks can already help a spacial orientation and the viewer with his/her experience imagines depth.

What difficulties were created by being restricted to line or tone?

Working with line only means having two colors, mostly back and white only. Perception of depth and form need to come therefore from good depiction of cast shadows and from a selective usage of  mid tone areas with e.g. some hatching. Sometimes, less line marks support better the imagination of form. When I applied selectively a few light ink washes to a line drawing the image gets a deeper expression. Some way to avoid a too flat appeal of a line drawing is to draw line marks following the contour of an object. Key challenge in a line drawing is to overcome flatness.

Using tine only forces me to work stronger on contrast. Especially with colors I need to be more careful about the tonal values of them, as this need to get along with building up form and contrast.

How did using colour affect your working method?

Some points I highlighted on above questions. Using color can change the appeal of a drawing. With color I can modulate more the atmosphere of the picture (e.g. calmness, artificial, mystic). But color can also disturb a picture when not used selectively. With colors I have a wider range of applying different kind of marks and patterns (e.g. layering, side by side). I can use color for form perception of for differentiation of objects and color contrast. The way I draw with tone and color depends also on the concept and my thoughts related to the purpose of the picture. It really opens another dimension in drawing. So I need to be quite selective in choosing it right – more to learn.

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