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Visual research: Emma Stibbon (b.1962) – monochromatic work

My tutor suggested to me to look at some works of  Emma Stibbon (British b.1962) for her stark monochromatic works. Stibbon worked in the past intensively with white chalk on with ink blackened paper. Also she experimented with graphite and gesso, with watercolour and partly even with pigment. Later she worked more and more in pure ink on paper. She works with reference…

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 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 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…

Visual Research: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

Part three of the course is about outdoors and this is a good time to take a deeper into some of the drawings from Vincent van Gogh, especially his way of mark-making to create texture, depth and space. He is one of my favorite artists (he is coming from the same area as me in Noord Brabant in the Southern part of…

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 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 Five – Visual research and sketchbook studies: Animals

From the previous visual research I took some learnings and experimented in my sketchbook. As the project is about animals I took some animal poses from my sketchbook that I took in the context of exercise 1. In reference to Garrett Phelan on his usage of line drawing together with marker pen. And a combined approach with colored areas in…

Visual research: Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) – creation of depth and form

My tutor suggested me to look into the work of Alberto Giacometti (1901 – 1966) for his way of using ink and paint to create form and depth. Giacometti is well know for his thin figure sculptures. But he also established a wide range of drawings and paintings. A very good source for his work is the Fondation Giacometti. Giacometti’s talent…

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…

Visual research: Robbie Bushe (b.1964) – narrative in ink

A further suggestion from my tutor was to look into the narrative work of Robbie Bushe and his usage of ink and pen. Robbie Bushe, a figurative artist from Scotland and currently working as a lecturer at the University of Edinburg, showed in his childhood great interest in cartoons and comics. He has a degree in graphics as well as…

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…

Visual research: John Virtue (b.1947)

From the feedback I received on my assignment one my tutor suggested to look more into the work of John Virtue for his use of materials, tone and scale. He is an English artist specialized in monochrome landscapes. He is doing now very large scale works with views on London or the seacoast. His compositions are ‘abstract compositions of the environment as…

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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