Project Three – Composition: Reflection

• How did you simplify and select? Were you able to focus on simple shapes and patterns amid all the visual information available to you?
– Using hatching technique for more complex structures such as trees
– Mapping out main tonal areas and light/shadow contrasts from observation and building up the object from there. Especially for the trees helped this approach.
– Application of finer marks, outlines, or just fine hatched marks for trees at the horizon.
– More focus on the foreground and middle ground objects and shapes for detail.

• How did you create a sense of distance and form?
– Usage of harder (for background) and softer (for middle and foreground) pencils
– Application of color only in the foreground or middle ground, but not in the background
– Usage of sight lines (linear perspective)
– Bolder drawing of objects in the foreground
– Using smaller marks for more receding objects

• Were you able to use light and shade successfully?
– I think overall I captured the essence of light and shadow as I was focusing in this project more on contrast and tonal gradations, especially the darkest and lightest areas.
– For distant light areas I just kept the paper white.
– I found to work out light and shade in coloured pencils quite hard and not so successful (Ex.2) I rather tend to bolder medium as charcoal, chalk, ink etc.

• What additional preliminary work would have been helpful towards the larger study?
– I think I applied already some concepts from project four (linear perspective) just from observation and to map out my drawing. This was quite helpful for my larger scale work in exercise 1. But perspective is quite key in a landscape scene. Further some insight in atmospheric color application would have been helpful. Overall, I was happy that I looked through some books on composition as part of this project.

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