Assignment five option 2

Reflect on what you have learnt throughout working this project.
Review all drawings and evaluate them in terms of technical skill, truthful observation and interpretation.

To help me decide on a composition, I looked at my line drawing which I liked. The way the honesty and poppy seeds mixed together.

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In the tonal drawing, I seem to loose the focus of what I want to convey as it looks too busy.

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Focus of my drawing : I want to convey how I see the seed heads in a border in the garden -bright glowing delicate, honesty seed heads and beautiful spherical structure of the poppy seed heads
Format would have to be portrait to get height.

A few more sketches to work out how best to show the seed heads.

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I prefer the final sketch for my composition. The honesty seed head is not directly next to the poppy. I want show just a few honesty and poppy seeds heads so I can put in enough detail which attracts me to them.
Materials and techniques: wax resist or gesso with ink wash or watercolour. The gesso is better for a sharper result for the thin stems.

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The colours.
I wanted to include a magenta and green in the study. These are the colours of the honesty flowers , plant and the seeds when they are fresh. I got this idea at a visit in Giverny, where Monet’s garden lots of honesty plants.

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When the seeds dry, they turn an ochre colour which light up with sunlight. The poppy seeds appear to have a powdery layer of light blue. The fresh seed heads are a light teal blue. As a contrast to the honesty, I decided to depict the poppy in teal.

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These are Diamene inks.
My first attempt did not work out. I had intended to use gesso on the stems and honesty. The seeds in the honesty were too dark and yellow was too strong.

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This is the final study. It’s on 300gsm A3 paper. The mood or feeling I would like to convey : tail end of summer, looking forward to spring and start of the cycle new plants, seeds… .

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Following my tutor’s comments, i tried a different composition based on my line drawing. This one is in watercolours. I want to leave the drawing fresh and light.

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