Project 2. Exercise 3 Creating shadow using lines and marks

I enjoyed these exercises. I found again that repeated drawing lets you get to know a subject.

In the single object drawing, the vase was handmade and had a slightly bumpy surface and the glaze was also varied in tone so there was a lot to think about in the drawing.

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1) The first picture in pencil doesn’t really get to grips with the depth of tone on the vase

2) The second one in ballpoint pen gives a better reflection of the range of tones. I liked using the dark cross hatching behind the vase to give shape to the vase.

3) I used a drawing pen and tried drawing in squiggles which made the vase look a bit hairy. I went over it with lines to give the vase more shape. I like the solidity this technique gives to the vase.

4) With the dip pen and ink, I used long loops to make the shape of the vase and a small amount of line for the shadow. I liked the way the two lines for the table top and the slight  shading on the vase’s shadow created a sense of space. It was quite cartoony.

In the second part of the exercise I grouped a cup, a lemon and a vase. I tried different compositions and photographed them but went back to my original composition. I debated whether  to include the light in the drawing but decided it didn’t work because it was too far away from the other objects.

I found this exercise incredibly difficult. I chose to make it hard for myself. All the objects are different colours and textures. I chose to use pen and ink because I wanted to try to be a bit freer with my drawing but I find using it a struggle. I drew the arrangement twice. I struggled especially with the mug which had no texture, only reflections and shading. I think my second attempt was better because it was much looser. I also like the second attempt at the vase better. The proportions are more accurate and again, the looser marks seem to reflect the glossy finish better. While I enjoyed doing the dark background in the first picture, I’m not sure it adds anything to the finished image. I tried very hard not to draw a line to define the shadows. I find I automatically draw a line to outline a change of tone so I am working hard to find other ways to do this.

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