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drawings and other from my daily sketchbooks

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: 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 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 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 One – Sketchbook – drapery studies

For project 1 I wanted to understand more about folds and how to draw them besides a cloth thrown over a chair. For this I used one of my studio shirts and placed it over an easel, clamped to it, and thrown over a rectangular box on a chair I found a good book about the drawing the clothed figure…

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 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: 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 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 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 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 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 – 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: 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…

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