Category Archive: Part 2: Observation in nature

Assignment 2: Tutor report

Here is the tutor report for Assignment 2.  My responses are typed in blue italics. _________________________________________ Overall Comments Thank you for submitting Assignment 2 for Drawing 1. It has been an absolute joy… Continue reading

Assignment 2

The second assignment asked for a number of criteria to be met: •  an understanding of the use of colour in drawing •  an understanding of the most appropriate choice of medium for… Continue reading

Check and log: Drawing animals

What were the main challenges of drawing animals? The main one was not having instant access to any animals, no longer having any pets.  Thankfully, however, we have friends with animals, so relied… Continue reading

Exercise 34: Fish on a plate

    This isn’t an exercise post, so much as an explanation to the assessors. Being a vegetarian, this was never really going to work. Following contact with the OCA, they said other… Continue reading

Exercise 33: Grabbing the chance

This exercise asked for a series of small sketches of animals. As we no longer have a pet of our own, I made use of some friends cats for several of the sketches,… Continue reading

Check and log: Drawing plants and flowers

  How will your experiments with negative space help your observational drawing in the future? Understanding negative space better greatly increases the amount of information available, so my experiments with it will help… Continue reading

Exercise 32: Drawing with other colour media

Make some drawings of the same subject as before in other colour media.  Experiment with mixing the media.  Reflect on how the task changes with the different media.  How does the change in… Continue reading

Exercise 31: Plants and flowers in coloured pencil

As soon as I read the requirements for this drawing, I knew it was likely to be a mighty task. Coloured pencil, control and detail, on an A2 sheet of paper –  it… Continue reading

Exercise 30: Negative space in a plant

    For this exercise, I used a black marker pen on A3 paper. As directed, I studied the plant carefully, looking at all the space around it and between the stalks and… Continue reading

Check and log: Drawing fruit and vegetables in colour

Your composition should occupy most of the paper’s surface.  How much space do you have left? Still life with hatched tone: I chose a close crop for this picture, so there isn’t a… Continue reading