Assignment 3 Reflections

Demonstration of technical and visual skills
I have enjoyed using ink in this part of the course, especially the Inktense pencils. Unfortunately in some parts of the drawing, to cover large areas, I used ink pan washes which are not very good quality and some areas appear dull/muddy. The weather has been very unpredictable and I could not count on the same sunny weather everyday. As I get a chance to work mostly on weekends and to get the perfect shadows I had to waiting till around 1.30 – 2 pm. Of course I wasn’t lucky to have sunny weekends, so the charcoal sketch was very useful to work out the shadows. For some reason, I like the layout and spontaneity in the quick ink wash sketch.

Quality of outcome
I have been looking at the work propped up on the radiator for the past ten days. Finally decided to send off the work. It was too late to change the layout. The lavender could have been rendered better, but as this is not a painting, I tried my best to give an impression of it. It seems to help with the linear perspective and lead the eye to the garage. The final piece seems overworked.

Demonstration of creativity
I have managed to depict a variety of items covered in this part, including trees, aerial and linear perspective. The statue, though not very detailed as it was small, adds to the variety.

Context
The plants, especially in the raised bed, and flowers are not botanically correct as I focused more on shapes, perspective, light and shadows. The garden is on a lower level after a patio. The eye level is the garage roof. I hope that i have been able to convey the low level, especially by including a few steps in the foreground.

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Poppies

After a life drawing class and a watercolour painting exhibition in Henfield, on my way home last Saturday, I passed what looked like red patches in distant fields. I had to drive around till I got to the fields. I then had to walk up a hill and to my absolute joy, poppies!
This is on the South Downs behind Newhaven. Poppies, horses, sheep, green fields,
A perfect end to a great day.

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Assignment 3

A view from a window or open door. Include natural objects, trees, shrubs, pot plants, fields or garden plants.
Demonstrate understanding of aerial or linear perspective
Straight lined objects I.e walls buildings, fences, gates,
Preliminary drawings experiment with composition
Broad brush sketches to decide on colours

I have been thinking of this assignment right from the beginning of this part and knew i would use my back garden as i look at this view a lot. I was initially going to depict the garden from the French door in the back room, but with the weather changing, some shrubs had grown big and most of the view was blocked. This view is from the kitchen window. I included part of the greenhouse on the right as it cast an interesting shadow on the grass. I have omitted quiet a few things, including off course the weeds! I wanted to do this in April with the cherry blossom, but due to other commitments I missed it. At least I got the lavender instead. The laughing Buddha does not appear to have a shadow due to its wide base.
After some pencil sketches on A4, I did a very quick sketch in ink wash to work out the colours on A3, then charcoal to establish the tonal values on A3 as well.

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The final piece:

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The final piece is with ink wash and Inktense pencils on 200gsm A3 paper. It’s been propped up on the radiator for nearly 10 days now. I have decided to stop fiddling and send it today, especially as I started life drawing class and really enjoyed it! Can’t wait for the next one – should have started much earlier on in the course.