Tag: Exercise

the results and thoughts on excercises from the course

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 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…

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 – 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.…

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…

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…

Reflection on project 5

Animal drawings gave me a kind of challenge. The last study in exercise 4 brought me closer to my intention with more free gestural and expressive marks. I really like that but I need to study it more. Somehow I feel that I tend towards a more realistic drawing when I focus quite deep on shapes, form and tones.  I was missing a…

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…

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 2: Self evaluation light and tone

The last two exercises I explored different ways of rendering a three-dimensional perception of form. I learned how important it is to understand correctly the direction of direct and reflected light. Referring to Leonardo da Vinci’s five-value rule helped me to understand the concept deeper. My initial sketches supported my learnings. What I found out is the importance of good observation…

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 One – Exercise 1: Expressive lines and marks

Here I will learn about how to express my own emotions and feelings through leaving different marks on a surface. Will they be visible as such to the viewer? This reminds me to my research trail about the energy of vitality and drawing as motion. And last not least the visual language in pictorial form will tell the story. For…

Part One – Exercise 1: Temporary Drawings

First idea: Lawn marks Walking through the garden in the afternoon, grass is still a humid. I tried to make marks through walking alone. My shoes leaving traces. I enjoyed this, but looking at the results and pictures, it was not that convincing. The marks are hard to see/read. However, this first idea took me out of the regular drawing…

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