Monthly Archive: November, 2012

Life drawing and reflection

Work on the course has ground to a virtual halt this week, research point aside.  This is largely due to health stuff, so can’t be helped… but it is frustrating.  I do worry… Continue reading

Research point: Odilon Redon

Find out about the 19th century French artist Odilon Redon and his work. Painter and printmaker, Odilon Redon was born Bertrand-Jean Redon (1840-1916), in Bordeaux, France.  Much of his childhood was sickly or… Continue reading

Exercise 10: Tonal studies

Draw four 5cm squares in your sketchbook using four drawing tools, e.g. pencil, ballpoint pen, dip pen and ink, and drawing pen (rollerball?).  Try to make four distinct grades of tone using hatching… Continue reading

One Lovely Blog Award

My warmest thanks to Charmaine of life art notes for nominating me for a One Lovely Blog Award – such a surprise, and a lovely thing for her to do. Part of receiving this… Continue reading

Exercise 9: Observing shadow and light formations on a surface

Place two simple objects together and position a lamp so that they are lit from one side.  Observe the main areas of light and dark tone on them.  Make some quick pencil sketches… Continue reading

Check and log: Basic shapes & fundamental form

Are the objects in your drawings the correct size and shape in relation to each other? It varies.  Often I found that even a small mistake in one area of a drawing had a… Continue reading

Exercise 8: Supermarket shop

Using about six objects, create a still life group based on the sorts of items you might have in a shopping bag.  Include a couple of cylinders such as cans, plus some boxes… Continue reading

Exercise 7: Jars and jugs

I felt trepidatious about doing this exercise, after the boxes/books one – not feeling confident about my ability to draw the most basic forms.  However, it felt a little easier once I started,… Continue reading

Personal project: portrait

After completing the Boxes & Books exercise, I was feeling quite disheartened, and wanted to prove to myself that I could actually draw something other than a few off-kilter cuboids!  One of my… Continue reading

Exercise 6: Boxes and books

Choose at least 6 boxes & books of different sizes.  Places objects close together, at angles. Using just line, describe the rectangular surfaces. Draw as if you can see through the boxes. How… Continue reading