Project 2. Still Life. Exercise 1. Still life using line

I wanted to spend time looking at composition as it’s an area where I don’t feel very confident.

I started with a group of logs and played around with the composition.

I discovered that the compositions viewed from low down seemed more intimate than those viewed from higher up.

I wasn’t happy with any of the compositions and decided that as the logs were very similar there wasn’t much variation in the image.

Next I set up a composition with a log, a turned wood bowl and a wooden tray.

I liked the contrast between the textures and shapes of the objects .

No.1 
No 2. The simplified line reflects the lack of texture on the bowl and tray. The perspective went wrong on the left hand side of the tray.
No. 3. Hmph.

I was finding the composition very difficult to depict in line. Especially the bowl.

I came to the conclusion that I had made a mistake by lighting the composition from behind with bright daylight. This meant the front of the bowl was in shade and the top of the tray shone obscuring the grain. I also struggled with the perspective on the tray.

In conclusion , I found this a frustrating exercise although I have learned something about composition and lighting.

To do: Redo the drawing with lighting which shows the grain of the tray and bowl. Pay attention to the perspective of the tray. Put in some indication of the surface and background around the composition.

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