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 ‘driftwood’ pieces from our garden (stone from the coast, wood piece from a cut with a power saw, dry and deteriorated sunflower, a dry a deteriorated squash with some kernels still inside). It was quite an intimate experience as I had to work very close to the objects and my sketchbook. There were quite some challenges to work on for me:
- The stone challenged me with the fine edges, a hard to differentiate shadow and dark patterns. I find that the result was still a bit too exaggerated.
- The wood piece with many parallel lines and superimposed marks from the power saw Where I could make the lines longer. The thin but multiple shadow marks of the wood lines were not easy to depict.
- The sunflower was well depicted although through the repetition it was quite exhausting to draw.
- The squash: The thin skin was partly translucent, what was fascinating. The thin edge of the skin is challenging. I liked to interplay of shadow, light, different shapes and textures.
I chose number 4 for my drawing on A4 paper. With some thumbnail sketches on composition I wanted to ensure that I do not miss a more interesting view.
Feelings I had while drawing:
- To draw with a continuous line is a kind free flowing experience. It keeps me going.
- I had to make some breaks as the very close proximity to the object and my paper was quite intense.
- This was a very detailed and focused work. Kind of challenge between the free flowing continuous line and to find the right accuracy of my markings.
- My pre studies gave me security and a good base
- I wanted the space above the object on the drawing be empty, like air above a rock in the desert. To make it more monumental
What did go well:
– Development of shadow and light spaces and shapes,
– Light pattern on the object and in the cast shadow space,
– Edges of the squash skin and toning.
What did not go so well:
– Accuracy especially in the mid section of the squash (inside),
– Depiction of the kernels (could be more accurate with sharper edges in order to keep the eye focus on them as a kind of ‘found treasure’
Overall, it was a good exercise to combine a focus on detail together with the free flowing continuous line marking and I enjoyed it. I have to think about accurate marks versus marks of free expression. Something to study more.