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.

Stefan513593 - project 3 - exercise 2

Stefan513593 – project 3 – exercise 2

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The sunflower was well depicted although through the repetition it was quite exhausting to draw.
  4. 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.

Stefan513593 - project 3  - exercise 2 - texture studies

Stefan513593 – project 3 – exercise 2 – texture studies

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.

Stefan513593 - project 3  - exercise 2 - composition studies

Stefan513593 – project 3 – exercise 2 – composition studies

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.


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