Category Archive: Part 1: Mark-making and tone

Assignment 1: Tutor report follow-up

Following up on points raised in the tutor report for Assignment 1, I’ve been taking another look at measuring (thinking back to the Books & Boxes exercise in Part 1). I began by… Continue reading

Assignment 1: Tutor report

I received my first OCA tutor report yesterday.  To my great relief, it didn’t say ‘what on earth are you thinking of… you can’t do this!’  Nope, not even once. Here’s what it… Continue reading

Assignment 1: Check and log/Reflection

Did you do enough preliminary work before starting on your final pieces? In general, I would say I did.  In the case of both my finished pieces, I found that I changed my… Continue reading

Assignment 1: Made objects

  I’d had the idea for what to use in this drawing some time ago (and actually wrote it down at the time… a practise I’m trying to adopt increasingly).  The boots struck… Continue reading

Assignment 1: Natural forms

One thing this first assignment taught me – it would be possible to plan forever.  Past a point, however, planning becomes procrastination.  Eventually, it’s necessary to put pen/pencil/pastel/tool of choice to paper.  I… Continue reading

Check and log: Enlarging an image

How successful were you in copying the lines from the smaller squares to the larger squares? I think I copied them reasonably well, in that there are no glaring disparities.  Sometimes, when working… Continue reading

Exercise 20: Enlarging a simple flat image

Select three or four objects and make a quick sketch of them.  Then transfer the image square by square as in the previous exercise. This exercise was marginally easier than the previous one,… Continue reading

Exercise 19: Enlarging an existing drawing

Draw a thumbnail sketch of a simple object in your sketchbook.  Draw a grid of squares in pencil over your sketch.  Draw another grid of larger squares on a larger piece of paper,… Continue reading

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