Project Three – Review of my work

Reflection:

  • Which drawing media did you find most effective to use for which effects?
    – Maker pens are good for bright, quick and dense colors. Also for quick color studies, broad strokes. and shading. They are fast drying, but not so easy to blend or mix (Copic markers). Highlights need to be considered form the very beginning (blank areas).
    – Colored inks alongside with dip pens or brushes are good for blending/mixing colors and free flowing expression. It is the most painterly medium. Not always easy to control but I can achieve a variety of different marks (fine, broad, wash). Highlight can be done by appyling frisket (white ink, but for me not preferable due its slight blueish tone and translucency). Blocking in negative and positive space at the start is easier to be done.
    – Fine-liner or other thinner ‘non-expressive’ media is good for detailed works with a range of tonal values through various kind of hatching. To cover negative space with darker tones is quite challenging.
    – Colored pencils are good for a combined approach of detailed work (line, hatching) and expression. Compared to fine liner the width of the strokes can be adjusted (tip, side). Also good for shading.
  • What sort of marks work well to create tone, pattern and texture?
    – Hatching: good for tonal value differentiation in detailed works, for quick blocking in of shadow areas
    – Criss-cross hatching: for deeper tonal values, for blending colors
    – Continuous line: good for outlines, certain textural patterns, for finding form
    – Free interruptive strokes: for expression, for final marks, for background
    – Scribbling: for quick studies, for finding a form, for certain textural patterns
    – Shading: for blocking in shadow areas, for background, for tonal value differentiation.
    – Washes: for background, for blending and mixing

    Stefan513593 - project 3 - markings

    Stefan513593 – project 3 – sketchbook markings

  • Look at the composition of the drawings you’ve done in this project. Make some sketches and notes about how you might create more interesting compositions:
    During the exercise I tried already different compositional perspectives and light directions (see posts for this project). I think that composition could be either harmonic and calm or exciting and ambiguous.
    Interesting findings:
    – A top view perspective gives typically a flatter composition. An eye level perspective is more traditional view but also makes the objects appear more monumental (could be further enforced with below eye level perspective) -> see exercise 1 (and studies)
    – A composition with a resting point in the centre is more calm but could also be less exciting. A composition with one element dropping off centre or even -> see exercise 3
    – A composition with overlapping and staggered areas provide more depth -> see exercise 2
    – Compositional framework: With added lines/marks I can modulate the composition to combine two frames (paper format and drawn frame ) -> see exercise 3

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