Tag: Tone

Visual Research: Richard Diebenkorn (1922 – 1993) – tone and control

My tutor suggested me to look into the drawings of Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) and his use of tone and control. I included him already in my research on townscapes. In this research I will look more into his ink and watercolour drawings of day to day things and more figurative works. I am quite eager to learn more about more expressive…

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 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 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 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 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 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…

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…

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 – 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…

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…

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