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Assessment – Drawing 1 – Portfolio & Submission Guide

My Assessment submission guide is available as a pdf file here: Stefan513593_Drawing1_Assessment Submission Guide: My overall evaluation:  https://ocalog.stefanschaffeld.com/?p=3893 and as pdf file: Overall_evaluation_Stefan513593 An important part of my submission are my sketchbooks (see reference in my submission guide. I submit one large scale assignment ‘Assignment 5 – My Personal Project (57 x 148 cm)’ work digitally.  It is not so much that the work is larger than…

Assignment 5: Site sensations and bodily awareness

During the process of reflecting on my own work in part 1 -4, additional contextual researches, and studies on figurative ‘landscapes’ and outdoor / site landscapes I came from initial idea of urban reflection, public space to my final subject: Sensational site experience, re-called sensations and attentive awareness of time and moment My assignment consists of two separate parts: Major drawings/studies…

Part 5: Re-called sensations of site experience – Large scale

As further elaboration of my previous re-called sensational drawings (Schaffeld, weblog post Dec 2015) I planned for larger scale drawings. I recorded my drawing process and my articulated thoughts alongside it on video-audio for my own reference. Drawing #9: I started with a re-called sensation of touch and auditory in chalk, feeling the moment of drawing, the touch of the material,…

Part 5: Re-called sensations of site experience

After my previous studies and reflecting on my personal project through my written statement (second attempt) I continued with the next step of re-called sensations of my site experience. Background are my: On site drawings (weblog post, 14 Nov 2015) Understanding techniques of translucent, disguise, and distortion (weblog post, 30 Nov 2015) Sensational experience (tactile) of the human body (my face)…

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 – Reclining figure study using tone

Reclining figure study using tone (Pastel ground, acrylic paint, Conté crayon) I continued with my model, now finding a reclining pose. Reclining means: to ​lean or ​lie back with the ​upper ​part of ​your ​body in a ​nearly ​horizontal ​position. (Cambridge Dictionary Online – see here). After the sitting pose my model felt tired and therefore chose this pose. So…

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…

Reflection and notes on part 4 – The figure

Revisiting my learnings in preparation for assignment 4 Over the time I worked on part 4 I felt that I took personally a big step forward. Did I learn in previous parts about media and how I could get used to them as well as about basic tools, this part I learned more about my own drawing approach. I think limiting…

Project Six – Exercise 2: Portrait from memory or the imagination

Before starting this exercise I was wondering how I will tackle it. Than during a tram ride I’ve seen en elderly woman with her daughter?/her caretaker? getting on the tram at one station. The woman seemed very fragile, moving in slow steps and need to hold on a handrail at the door. One the one hand I was wondering how…

Project Six – Exercise 2: Your own face

For this exercise I placed myself in front of the bathroom mirror and trying to find interesting poses that I still can manage to observe and draw. To warm up I did a few 5 min sketches in different media and approaches. Face #1 For the first self face drawing I was wondering which media and format to use. My…

Project Five – Exercise 2: Groups of figures

‘People watching’ is a good way to understand human movement and interaction. So I went with my sketchbook on the road (train stations) and in the city (event). As this exercise is about moving figures and as I struggled in the last exercise with the depiction  of movement, I told myself to sketch more on the spot, embracing the movement as…

Project Five – Exercise 1: Single moving figure

Some sketches from daily observations How well have you managed to create the sense of a moving figure rather than a static pose? => I found this exercise quite difficult and challenging. Perhaps because the figure was moving so fast that I had not much more than a few seconds to depict. Perhaps I focused too much on the figure as…

Project 4 – Exercise 2: Three figure drawings

For this exercise I spent some time with my sketchbook on 2 min poses with different viewpoints and poses. I was looking for some interesting poses and viewpoints that could give the drawing a certain appeal. Either through a potential narrative, interesting diagonals, or by expression of a certain mood and atmosphere. After doing this preliminary exercises that took quite some…

Project 4 – Exercise 1: Structure of the human body

Loosely sketch some of the structures that make up the human body and to create studies of the individual parts that make up my own body. Learnings: It was quite a discovery journey along the body. Quite fascinating to move along the planes and the twists. Alongside my sketchbook studies (see notes) it helped me to have a better understanding about shapes,…

Project 4: Structure of the human body – Sketchbook studies

Reference: ‘Drawing the foot‘ (2015) DRAWING, Vol. 12, Issue 45, New York: F+W Media, Inc. ‘Drawing the hand‘ (2015) Spring 2015, Vol. 12, Issue 44, New York: F+W Media, Inc. ‘Figure Drawing Fundamentals – Landmarks of the human body‘ (2014) Available from: http://www.proko.com 

Project Three – Exercise 4: Energy

This exercise is about quick sketches to capture the essence of a ‘dynamic’ pose, rather gesture like, with focus on movement and the involved energy. Quite in this context are some of the works of Francis Bacon (see my research on figurative drawing) One example is ‘Turning Figure‘, 1959-62 [Online image] London: Tate. Available from: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/bacon-turning-figure-t07352 [accessed 23 July 2015]     Learnings As…

Project Three – Exercise 3: Stance

In this exercise I will focus on the standing figure (seating figure for next time). As I already applied the concept of the central axis and some spacial sight lines in the previous two exercises, I will continue here with rather quick 2-5 poses in my A4 sketchbook (so rather smaller scale). These quick sketches will be my reference material for…

Project Three – Exercise 2: Essential elements

This time draw a sequence of six different poses lasting ten minutes each.  Emphasising the threedimensional form. For this I worked in my A3 sketchbook (finding this sketchbook format more suitable for 5-10 min sketches or studies) For the next two I changed from graphite to charcoal as a more tonal and expressive medium. … and back to graphite for another model:…

Project Three – Exercise 1: Basic shapes

For the first session I walked around my seated model to get different viewpoints. By that I also got a variation of foreshortening, either of the lower or the upper body. I used for all drawing the length of the head as one unit. The slightly variations on viewpoints made certain body proportions more or less different. Especially on drawing #7…

Project Two – Exercise 2: A longer Study

For this exercise I did first some sketchbook studies to get acquainted with my model, finding a place and a pose that is comfortable enough for a 1 hour session with intermediate breaks. And testing color with colored pencil During the break my model stretch herself and went into a relaxing pose. I took this opportunity for a sketch in graphite…

Project One – Exercise 2: Emphasising form with cloth

As I was travelling I tried to do the following as preparation for my upcoming travel: letting my model sit in two poses and taken photographs from her. The idea was to cary on this exercise in a hotel room without a life model. That said I worked around in my sketchbook and than on some larger scale papers in different media…

Project One – Exercise 1: Drawing fabric using line and tone

This worked on this exercise while travelling. I used a blanket from the hotel room thrown over a chair and got started. To get a better understanding of the drawing drapery and folds I looked up some information in a drawing book (Nicolaides, 1969): – The point where the drapery is held (knee, elbow etc.) is called a hub – From the hub the folds radiate…

After assignment 3 – Additional work in series

I am going to do a series of drawings of the sections of the subject of the bridge and architectural features from Ex 2 from project 5 (townscape study in line) as my tutor suggested using pencil, grey marker pens and possibly white ink or gouache. Here I will explore a more abstract approach, the structure, its form and space. To answer the question: Can…

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…

Project Five – Exercise 4: Statues

Statues: I found some (traditional and modern sculptures) along the waterfront and in some small parks. I cannot say a lot about those, although I felt attracted by certain qualities and surface properties. My first sketches done in pencil, studying part of the statue .. .. in more distance observed in a private garden (behind the fence). Walking further I…

Project Five – Exercise 3: A limited palette study

For this study I decided to go for the already identified scene and composition from Exercise 1 in larger scale.  I was not so sure about the brief and which medium to use. As I definitely wanted to capture the contrast between the old bricks façade and the modern painted façade, I decided to go first for a wet medium…

Project Five – Exercise 2: Study of a townscape using line

During my sketchbook walk in the city of Leer around the port, I came across an interesting pattern of lines: a modern residential building at the waterfront. First I’ve seen only the repetitive diagonal and horizontal lines (small sketch in my A5 sketchbook). I went back for a more open viewpoint on the scene and than I discovered the kids playhouse…

Project Five – Exercise 1: Sketchbook of townscape drawings

For this exercise I went to the old downtown of the city Leer, close to the Northsea coast. It is an old sea town with many ships and boats. In the past there were fisherman living in the little houses. Now they are partly modernized – still residential buildings. On some buildings the very old bricks are exposed, with angles…

Project Four – Exercise 3: Aerial or atmospheric perspective

For this exercise I decided for the monumental view over the lake Lucerne in Switzerland still during my visit there. It was late afternoon, a quite bright day, but with clouds coming down over the mountains towards the lake. It was nearly a silhouette kind of view – with the dark pier in the foreground and the very dark mountains…

Project Four – Exercise 2: Angular perspective

For this exercise I took a viewpoint at approx. roof level in the swiss town with the mountains in the background. I chose a A3 format and pencil and ink pen. With the pencil I marked all lines that I checked with my viewfinder (for distances). For the angles I used I a wooden stick that I put infront of my eyes on…

Project Four – Exercise 1: Parallel perspective – an interior view

For this exercise I decided to search for some ‘doorways’ in the town in Switzerland I was visiting. I got attracted by the view inside the train station and a second scene of a tunnel under the railways. Therefore I decided to do my studies here. I checked the drawings later back at home. Eye level: as the ‘doorways’ were a bit un-straight with…

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…

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,…

Project Three – Exercise 2: Foreground, middle ground, background

While preparing for this exercise I realised that some of the elements I already tried to include in the previous exercise. I understand this exercise such way that I will work on A3 paper in graphite and water soluble pencils. I think a good opportunity to go outside and draw on location. I will see how far I go and…

Project Three – Exercise 1: Developing your studies

After the various researches I was happy to continue with drawing on large scale.  My head was so full of input that I was looking forward to put some of them into practice. I went through my sketchbook studies and one drawing from the sketchbook walk got my great atttention #1: ‘At the end of town‘ with the sign ‘No…

Project Two – Exercise 2: Sketchbook walk

For this exercise I walked along my regular running path through the fields and around the small towns in our neighbourhood. As this exercise asks for quick sketches as a kind of notetaking, I decided to take only my field sketchbook (A5) and two pencils (one fine B and one broad 6B) with me. At this time the weather changes…

Project Two – Exercise 1: Cloud formations and tone

For this exercise I will go out and make quick drawings of different cloud formations. In my region the clouds are sometimes quite fast moving and shapes and patterns are changing quickly. Quite a challenge. Therefore I took couple of days to work on this exercise. At times I got a bit frustated to depict enough volume of the clouds.…

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…

Project 1 – Exercise 2: Larger observational study of an individual tree

For this exercise I decided to go for the willow tree in our garden (see exercise 1). Behind the willow were coniferous trees that make the background quite dark. I found it appealing to work with willow charcoal. First as it seems so natural for me and because I wanted to work out the shapes from the dark background with…

Project 1 – Exercise 1 Sketching individual trees

I was looking forward to this exercise a kind of walk through our garden with the different varieties of trees. I went for pencil as I didn’t have so much chance to work with it in the previous part of the course. At the end I decided to draw the willow tree in ‘negative’ form as it was standing in…

Part two – Assignment 2: Self Evaluation

How did I do against the assessment criteria? Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills I applied my learnings from the previous exercises for this assignment. Especially the usage of line and tone, color washes, ‘negative’ drawing with frisket pen, collage technique with transfer paper etc. Going through several steps of observation from life animals and their environment, I used my sketches…

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 Six – Exercise 5: Mixed media

The brief asks for getting out of the comfort zone and to experiment more with new combinations of material. I reflected once more on my previous exercises and my researches, thinking about how to incorporate collage. I came back to the lonely doors from Toba Khedoori and the thoughts about interiors, doors and rooms in the FRIEZE magazine (‘doors and entering…

Project Six – Exercise 4: Line and wash

I was really looking forward to this exercise as it would hopefully give me some further ideas (see my reflection on project 5).This is another exercise that I am doing while traveling and staying in a hotel. And unfortunately I am doing this exercise as my father in law just passed away. Will see how my emotions and feelings get…

Project Six – Exercise 3: Tonal study

I have reworked this exercise after receiving valuable feedback from my tutor on my assignment 2: see here For this tonal study I decided as mentioned in the previous exercise to go for the view into the ironing room with light is shining through the single window. I selected a vertical large format (70x50cm) for the more dramatic appeal. My…

Project Six – Exercise 2: Composition – an interior

From the previous ‘travel around the house’ sketches I will do two different compositional studies. I will work in charcoal (as it gives richer tonal variations) in my A4 sketchbook. With the intention to look for strong tonal contrasts, textures, linear qualities, and strong positive and negative space I started my first composition scenario. Composition area #1: Ironing room  I continued…

Project Six – Exercise 1: Quick sketches around the house

I already like this exercise of traveling through the house on discovery tour. Looking for new areas, interesting shapes, and perhaps challenging situations. I worked in my A4 and A5 sketchbooks for these quick sketches and a variety of materials  to understand different visual effects. Working with charcoal and starting in our living room: Continuing with pencil and later with…

Project Five – Exercise 4: Using source material

While looking through some animal anatomy books I came across a few lion images that attracted my attention (Ellenberger, 1996). With my theme found I wanted to do with this exercise a bit more expressive and dynamic drawings. Lions, especially the females, are hunter and they do it mainly during darkness. This I wanted to capture. To warm up and…

Project Five – Exercise 3: Live animals – using line and tone

For this exercise I wanted to capture the esssence of young cows in our neighbourhood. They are still in the stables so I had to go and look for one where I could get a closer look on them. I find the fur of young cows quite fascinating as it is still hairy and not as smooth and glossy as…

Project Five – Exercise 2: Tonal study of bones and shells

For this exercise I was very happy to get hold of a sheep skull. To have a real skull in my hands was not only an intimate but also a kind of dramatic experience for me.  I could feel and touch it, and I knew that once it was a living animal. So special and so unique. I wanted to capture these…

Project Five – Exercise 1: Animal line study

This project is about pets and other animals. We do not have pets at home, so I was wondering how to get close to live animals. Either visiting a zoo or looking around in our neighbourhood to see if any farm animals are on the field or all still in the stables. Luckily, I found some cows in a stable nearby, but after…

Project Four – Exercise 4: Monochrome

For this exercise I was wondering which objects to use. They should be contrasting enough and a combination of natural and man-made objects. I didn’t want to got for ordinary fruits and vegetables. Looking back at my ‘bathroom’ concepts/studies I was looking for a natural object to combine. I was searching for a narrative to tell. I found in our…

Project Four – Exercise 3: Experiment with mixed media

With this exercise I will experiment with perhaps ‘uncommon’ media and combinations. I will think about my learnings so far and how to combine them in a new still life approach. Knowing that different media require different drawing techniques. Some are working better close to the paper, some better for free expressive strokes. Key topic would be for me to…

Project Four – Exercise 1 & 2 – Review of my work

What aspects of each drawing were successful, and what did you have problems with? I feel I was successful with finding appealing compositions and experimenting with textures and patterns. Also i think I was more successful when I applied broader and free strokes. Trying to be accurate led me sometimes towards an overworked and messy drawing with unpleasant results. More difficult…

Project Four – Exercise 2: Still life in tone using colour

In this exercise I will learn a different way of approaching a still life: looking more in tone and color while creating a variety of patterns, effect, and sweeps of color. This exercise is supposed to be done in a fast, spontaneous, and energetic way. Using different colors for toning an image (dark, mid tone and light tones) and to…

Project Four – Exercise 1: Still life using line

In this exercise I will set up a still life with objects that are somehow connected with each other (e.g.  in shape, height, pattern, texture, function, story, etc.) or they are just contrasting each other. Perhaps there is a narrative within the still life. I did not know how difficult it could be to set up a still life while…

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…

Project Three – Exercise 3: Detail and tone

With this exercise I will create an interesting and appealing drawing with a range of tonal values made with coloured pencils. I understand that the key elements for this exercise are: variety of marks and contrast. I selected a red cabbage with its stem, cut off, from our garden – with amazing texture patterns and contrast in texture. With some…

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. As a warm-up I did some studies on found objects, mostly…

Project Three – Exercise 1: Using markers or dip pens

In this exercise I will look into the different ways of using marker pens and ink/dip pens to depict natural textures in the context of Pop-Art or other ways of imitative, unreal, and iconic perception. Some question that came up to me: What kind of markings (hatching, sporting, shading, blending)? What support to use (smooth, rough, found supports)? What objects to…

Project Two – Exercise 1: Experimenting

I guess this exercise will be a lot of fun in experimenting around to discover various techniques to describe surface textures of objects. I selected the following textures for me to experiment with: – Plastic net from packaging,  bamboo mat, sponge, microfiber cloth – Tools used: Chalk, water, ink, nib pen, acryl paint, sculptural tool, cleaning sponge, toothbrush I played around quite…

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…

Project One – Exercise 1: Compositional sketches of man made objects

For this exercise I was looking in the evening for some meaningful objects in our home that might turn into an expressive composition. I looked in the kitchen in our sink with the loneliness of the dishes yet to cleaned. Four objects in a deep black sink – a cooking pan, a cup, a small glass, a cloth. For the…

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…

Project Two – Exercise 4: Shadows and reflected light

In this exercise I will look deeper into the interplay of light and shadow on two objects with reflective surfaces. Looking around in my home for adequate objects I selected first my new stainless steel tea pot and after further looking I selected a glass jar with nice pattern on the surface, quite right for christmas season. As I wasn’t…

Project Two – Exercise 3: Creating shadow using lines and marks

To create a three-dimensional perception of drawn objects, in this exercise I will use hatching, criss-crossing and spoting marks/lines. Compared to the previous exercise where I applied tones in various values through application of shading tools as charcoal and chalk, I will now use more lining tools: dip pen and ink, ballpen, mechanical pencil, fineliner. Sketchbook I took a simple…

Project Two – Exercise 2: Observing shadow using blocks of tone

The usage of tone as a basic drawing skill helps to render three-dimensional perceived objects drawn on a flat surface. According to the five-value rule of Leonardo da Vinci, one can differentiate the following five values of objects exposed to light: Highlight: direct light Half (or mid) tone: receiving direct light at an oblique angle Shadow: cur off from direct…

Project Two: Sketchbook – drawings in context ‘Basic shapes and forms’

I experimented further with different media to see how the expression and perception of shapes and forms will change. I took for this testing only one object (instead of a group of object to stay focused). With focusing on weight, perceived depth and distances, I discovered surprizing results. Scribbling with ink pen and fine tip let the form disintegrate. Ink pen with brush…

Project One: Sketchbook – drawings in context of exercise ‘Feeling and expression’

Here some of my sketchbook drawings where I experienced with some ideas, on how to express in different media certain moods. I tried to see how it works for objects (still life) as well as for people (figurative). To express emotions with objects is not so easy, I will need to do more studies on that. On object #3 I…

Project Two – Exercise 1: Group of objects

Here I will go deeper into how to recognize basic shapes and fundamental forms. Shapes are not forms, but why the difference? Shapes are flat and lines, mostly outlines are marking boundaries in space. The drawing is typically done on a flat surface, the picture-plane. Through structuring of shapes the perception of forms as three-dimensional can be achieved. Here the…

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