Tag: Charcoal

Part 4 – Assignment 4 – Portrait in line and tone

 Self- portrait combining line and tone (Charcoal, Conté crayon, rubber – A1) Now this study should be ambitious and experimental, I assume more than the other two. Well I took this up as my own challenge, also to see how much I can overcome my hurdles with scale, colour, and getting my sketchbook free appeal into this drawing. I decided for…

Part 4 – Assignment 4 – Seated figure study using line

Seated figure using line (charcoal, Conté crayon, graphite, rubber – A1) For this and the following study I worked with my model in her comfortable environment. I asked her to make herself comfortable and to chose poses that would help her to do so. She went onto her yoga mat and for the sitting pose placed herself on the small…

Visual research: Frank Auerbach (b.1931) – a physical approach in charcoal & Exhibition

Frank Auerbach (b. 1931) is a London based contemporary figurative artist. Besides Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, and a few others he is considered as one of the London school painters. However, Auerbach himself never considered himself as part of a style or movement. For his figurative works, mostly portraits, he works at times over decades with the same models/sitters who were…

Part Three – Assignment 3 – Outdoor scene

My assignment piece is covering a location near our home. First I strolled around to find an appealing scene. Actually I found two and did some sketches on both. I came to the decision on one scene due to its more mystic appeal and with a more variety of different textures and patterns. The other I could envision for a future…

Visual Research: Kate Downie (b.1958) – working on location

My tutor suggested me to look deeper at the works and her working approach of Kate Downie (b.1958). She is a U.S. born Scottish Artist who works in and with landscape, working on location with ink and charcoal. She is a member of the RSA (Royal Scottish Academy). Kate Downie did some journeys through China in 2011 and 2013 where…

Project Three – Composition – Additional large scale work

After the last exercises on project three I was not very happy with the results. On the one hand the large scale from exercise 1 where I felt I was not bold enough in my markings. Therefore I took the scene from outdoor exercise 2 and did a large scale work on A1 at home. I considered my learnings from my…

Part Two – Assignment 2 – Rework

This is my reworked assignment piece from part two —— My assignment 2 piece did not impress so much. After reflecting more on my drawing and considering my tutor’s feedback, there were the following issues with it: – Composition and context: distorted relationship and perspective of the main sheep, not convincing visual depth – Color: not clear why I used certain…

Project Six – Exercise 3: Tonal Study – Rework

This is the reworked exercise from part two – project 6 – exercise 3 ——- From my tutor’s feedback that I received on this exercise related to contrast and working more reductively, I decided to rework this interior scene. As the scene as such changed a bit, I worked from my initial drawing and sketchbook studies (I did not make…

Project 1 – Exercise 3: Study of several trees

In order to find interesting group of trees and focal points I went outside and did quite a few sketches (sketchbook walk). At this time of the year with not so much foilage on the trees I was looking for other interesting features. Most trees, especially the further distant ones, look like a silhouette in front of the sky (it is flat…

Part two – Assignment 2: Your own environment

I have reworked this assignment after receiving valuable feedback from my tutur: see here   After some thoughts back and force whether to go for bathroom interior as in project 4 or for an animal drawing I decided for the latter one. As I felt a bit unsatisfied after the completion of project 5 (see my reflection) I wanted to find a good conclusion…

Project One – Exercise 2: Compositional sketches of natural objects

Looking for natural objects for this composition. I will explore viewpoints, different arrangements, light directions to find the most interesting composition that fits best the selected objects. Selecting the objects (birch tree branch, two onions, one big carrot, straw) was easier than finding a meaningful and appealing composition. I did most of the studies in charcoal in order to practise…

Part One – Assignment 1 – A personal still life

With this my first assignment I will demonstrate what I’ve learned and how I can apply my skills in drawing a still life with objects that have some meaning to me. It was requested to set up objects with interesting shapes and angles and to consider the negative space. Application of light and dark, various tones will allow the creation…

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