Assessment criteria/ reflections
Demonstration of visual and technical skills
For the line drawing, it had to be a choice of pencil, charcoal, ink pen or ink. I do not like using markers. I have done some drawings with ink and brush in my sketchbook. I like the lively marks, their permanence and there is no need for use of fixative. It requires a lot of concentration as you can’t erase and correct. Though I don’t have enough experience and practice for perfect brush marks, I enjoy using it and am fairly happy with the results. The sketches were different. When it came to doing the assignment piece, my nerves seem to get the better of me. I get the proportions wrong or don’t get the line in the angle it’s meant to be. I get some parts right and then mess up somewhere so the whole drawing is ruined. Initially when I started life drawing, I was using a pencil to measure proportions, but lately I check the relation of one part of the body with another. I try and mentally visualise the brush stroke before making the marks. The size six sable brush holds a lot of ink so I could make several marks before having to reload the brush. The sitter, Dwij, is always at the table on his laptop so I had many opportunities to work on this drawing. Compositionally it would look odd to have someone on a hard chair on their own, there has to be part of a desk or table. To make it look like a natural pose, I had to loose part of his left leg under the table and only part of his left arm is showing. He always seems to be in track pants.
For the tonal drawing I was going to use Inktense pencils. After the overworked assignment three, I wanted to make sure I don’t repeat the same mistake. After trying a quick sketch in watercolour to work out the dark tones, I decided to use watercolour for the final piece. The main areas I tried to emphasise are the creases in the clothes. I had done quiet a few sketches in foreshortening at the life drawing classes and wanted to use a lying down pose. I did not put much detail in the face as it’s at a distance and again I just wanted to work loosely. Unfortunately I had not read the second page and did not realise I was meant to put in detailed background. Rather then starting again, I hope what I have I done is enough to get a sense of place, especially the pillow.
Quality of outcome
It is very difficult to convey tone in a line drawing. The nose looks very big, perhaps because there is no tone and detail in the facial features. I nearly ended up drawing six toes on his right foot. I decided to leave the corrections as I was fairly happy with the rest of the drawing. The lower 3 fingers of the right hand are bent at a 90 degree angle as the hand rests on the laptop. The index finger is slightly bent which is why it appears a bit longer than the other fingers. It was very tricky to make the hand appear straight, yet at an angle from the elbow. The base of the chair has five wheels. The right foot is resting on one of the supports at an angle facing the viewer, so the foot appears to be a bit short and the support is not visible.
With the second drawing, my main aim was to get the anatomy and proportions right. I did not want to overwork the drawing while trying to put in tone. The values might not be accurate, as I am still trying to improve on my watercolour techniques.
Demonstration of creativity
I have been using coloured sugar paper in the last few weeks at the local life drawing class. I thought the line drawing would look warmer in the brown coloured paper, rather than white. it absorbs the ink nicely.
The tonal drawing of the model lying on the bed was fun working on, especially as the bed is in a very sunny, well lit area. However, in class there is lots of room to work around a model, at home, it’s not easy to fit in an easel in tight spaces and get the perfect angle you want to work on.
I still need a lot of practice with brush and ink, to achieve better brush strokes. I like using ink very much and hope to continue using it and to improve. On my holiday in August I did many sketches with ink and wash and feel confident to draw. Previously i would never dream of drawing in public!
In the line drawing I hope the viewer can feel that the sitter is at an angle on the chair. The left arm is resting on the arm rest,so the shoulder is higher than the right arm. I ended up putting too many marks for the hair, then I really wanted to. This was because the ear was looking a bit odd. And as I mentioned earlier the nose seems too big, even though I tried to draw it in relation to the rest of the features.
For the Tone drawing, I missed reading about putting in detail of the background and I need to work on my watercolours. I seem to have used too much yellow in some skin areas. I have put suggestions of creases in the jeans and t-shirt, but haven’t depicted them well. I wanted to finish this drawing in 90 minutes with 3 short breaks. After putting In the shadow areas first, as the light would have changed, I worked on the other areas. I did not have enough time to put in much detail on the creases and to indicate their curved form. On looking at the drawing now, the position of the right hip compared to the left and the angle ( the pelvic bone) does not feel right. This did not seem apparent in the pencil drawing. Maybe part of the left side is sunk in the bed, like the head and neck in the pillow.