Monthly Archive: February, 2013

Check and log: Texture

Have you discovered any new ways of using your drawing tools to depict surface and texture? Two main ways.  The first, I tried to make looser marks – for example, in the basket… Continue reading

Exercise 18: A drawing with textures

As I said in the texture samples exercise, it’s been difficult to find interestingly textured objects around the house – yet more so when trying to put together a composition of several of… Continue reading

Research point: Max Ernst & Frottage

  Max Ernst (1891-1976), German-born painter, sculptor and printmaker, was one of the leading Surrealists.  Following the First World War, he was disillusioned with convention, both cultural and moral.  ‘Ernst argued that the… Continue reading

Exercise 17: Frottage

    Thoroughly enjoyed the frottage exercise.  A most addictive pursuit. It was curious to see how different some textures looked when reproduced on paper via frottage, the texture of three-dimensional objects suddenly… Continue reading

Exercise 16: Experimenting with texture

Collect a range of objects with different textures.  Make a series of 5cm squares in your sketchbook.  Use pencil or pen to experiment with depicting the textures.     I used a variety… Continue reading

Exercise 15: Observing negative space and perspective

I did as the course book asked and set up a collection of objects, some overlapping slightly.  I used a pencil for the first couple of sketches, then switched to felt tips.  As… Continue reading

Check and log: Still life

Do you think it is easier to suggest three dimensions on man-made or natural objects?  Try to explain your answer. My first impulse was to answer this by saying that I found the… Continue reading

Exercise 14: Composition of natural objects

This drawing was a long time coming.  Between my shoulder problems and a mental block, I began to think it would never appear.  To complicate matters further, I chose to do it in… Continue reading