Tag: Marking

Part 5: Sketchbook 5 – Bodily and visual awareness of markings

In preparation of my final drawings for this assignment, I am doing a few sketchbook studies on markings. Goal for this: To feel with strong bodily awareness the tactile sensations of making various markings.   Learnings: Touch & pressure: a light hovering over the surface makes me feel stronger the irregularities Speed: my markings do change if I make them…

Part 5: Sketchbook 4 – A three level sensational experience of the human body

As by my learnings from sketchbook series #3 n facial structures (see Schaffeld, 30 Nov 2015) as well as based on my on site drawings (Schaffeld, 14 Nov 2015), I wanted to study more the ‘landscape’ of the human body. Especially the face in relation to a sensational experience. I have the feeling that my project is moving towards a better understanding of the…

Part 5: Sketchbook 3 – Markings for disguise, distortion, and translucent techniques

In continuation of my search for subject, markings, and techniques, I did studies on figurative drawing (portrait, face) in my sketchbook. My goals were to understand: the techniques for working with powders, pigment and scalpel how to work translucent techniques of collage and dé-collage related to distortion and disguise (paper, tissue) context: approaches of a few artists (see my visual research)…

Part 5: Outdoor – first attempts on site – sensual experience

One of my possible subjects is ‘Outdoors‘, in context with figurative drawing, reflections, or other? I am open for new experiences and just want to get started. During my previous researches on ambiguity (Schaffeld, weblog post 30 Oct 2015 and weblog post 10 Nov 2015), I came across the phenomenological approach (as structure of experience, perception and consciousness – quite a…

Part 5: Sketchbook 2 – simplified markings – figurative outdoor

I continued with trying a few sketches in graphite, ink (for his ease of use on the road) and gouache for overlay. My goal: to find the most important edges for form and atmosphere.   Learnings: A combination of line and tone is an appropriate way to depict form and atmosphere (washes) Use of gouache helps to ‘hide’ forms and to merge…

Part 5: Sketchbook 1 – On search for ambiguous and simplified markings

A friend of my wife went on vacation and her cat (a persian cat) was our guest for a week. I took the opportunity to study various markings (expressive, abstract, ambiguous, simplified) with the cat ‘Carla’ as my model. I consider this as a visual way of idea capture. Sketches 1 – 12: annotated in my paper learning log Learnings What…

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…

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 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 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…

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 One – Research point: Positive and negative spaces

With this research I will look into the concept of positive and negative space, and how art practitioners are incorporating this in their works. Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume, both mentioned in the course material, are both related more or less to Pop-Art. There is an interesting article about their group exhibition in Tate, London from Fox,D. (2013) in the Frieze magazine. I wanted…

Exhibition: Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville in Kunsthaus Zurich

Exhibition on show till 25 Jan 2015:  Kunsthaus Zurich An incredible overview of works related to paintings and drawings of body and flesh, with a century between two artists. Around 100 works (drawings and oil paintings) are on show. Works of Egon Schiele and Jenny Saville were hanged not to contrast each other or to give the perception of an historical context, but rather…

Project Two – Research point: Odilon Redon

‘Deux Arbres (Two trees)’, 1875: http://www.wikiart.org/en/odilon-redon/two-trees-1875 In this drawing the darkest spot is just in the center of the picture. It absorbs all the attention of the viewer. There is a small path leading towards this black hole. At the beginning it is bright light, slowly fading into the dark black background. Lights spots are accompanying the view along the path…

Visual research: Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) ‘Gretchen drawings in ink’

After my previous research on ‘Brot! (Bread)’ from Kathe Kollwitz (see post from 17 Nov) I wanted to do a more thorough visual research on her ink drawings.  I selected three of them from the year 1889 (her early years before she went deeper into printmaking). These drawings depict the theme from J.W. Goethe ‘Faust’ well known ‘Gretchen’ scene. They…

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 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 One – Research Point: Feeling and Emotions

(amended Nov 29th, 2014 after reflection on feedback from my tutor) For this visual research I will look deeper into the work of Vincent van Gogh, Cy Twombly, and Willem de Kooning. I chose the three artists as I am very much attracted by their work. 1) Vincent van Gogh – ‘Tree roots in a sandy ground’ (1882) http://krollermuller.nl/object.php/KM%20117.091%20RECTO/Boomwortels-in-een-zandgrond-Les-racines?lang=en , Media used:…

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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