Project Two – Exercise 1: Cloud formations and tone

For this exercise I will go out and make quick drawings of different cloud formations. In my region the clouds are sometimes quite fast moving and shapes and patterns are changing quickly. Quite a challenge. Therefore I took couple of days to work on this exercise. At times I got a bit frustated to depict enough volume of the clouds. Some clouds I observed where just pretty thin visually. At least that what I observed and felt.

Also I found that the tonal variation within the cloud formation can be challenging.

Stefan513593 - project 2 - exercise 1 - pencil

Stefan513593 – project 2 – exercise 1 – pencil

Stefan513593 - project 2 - exercise 1 - watercolor

Stefan513593 – project 2 – exercise 1 – watercolor

 

Stefan513593 - project 2 - exercise 1 - chalk

Stefan513593 – project 2 – exercise 1 – chalk

 

Stefan513593 - project 2 - exercise 1 - mixed media

Stefan513593 – project 2 – exercise 1 – mixed media

 

Stefan513593 - project 2 - exercise 1 - oil pastels

Stefan513593 – project 2 – exercise 1 – oil pastels

 

Stefan513593 - project 2 - exercise 1 - water soluble pastels

Stefan513593 – project 2 – exercise 1 – water soluble pastels

 

Stefan513593 - project 2 - exercise 1 - charcoal

Stefan513593 – project 2 – exercise 1 – charcoal

Learnings:

  • Clouds are a never ending theme, so much to observe, especially when in movement. Each moment they change and changing weather conditions makes it quite fun to observe
  • It makes a difference to draw a whole cloud formation or just a part of it. The latter is good for pattern understanding.
  • There are some sharp edges, especially at the top and some overlapping clouds gives volume.
  • To obtain a white color of some parts of the clouds is  hard to get with oil pastels. The white mixes to easily with underlaying colors in my sketchbook. Same with other pastels. With charcoal easier to achieve through erasing highlights.
  • Oil pastel are overall a bit messy on my small sketchbook, much better for larger scale
  • Charcoal works very well. I liked to shape the cloud with charcoal, eraser (also mechanical eraser) and a stomp
  • Simplication is really needed as otherwise the moving cloud can make drawing life quite tough.
  • As the clouds changed quickly, I had to rely more on first impression and observation and train by that my observational skills.

Next time:

– Studying how to obtain better volume in visual perception.
– Working on larger scale and taking more time to modulate the patterns. Perhaps also to work with reference photos for fast changing clouds. But here I could easily miss the real impression as such.
– Considering the work of Vija Celmins and the concept of physical space (clouds truly have a large spacial orientation) versus visual space (what I see and what I bring to the paper): I think I could do more with clouds and for further srudies.

 

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