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

Research point: Anatomy and George Stubbs

This research point is divided into two parts. Firstly, we were asked to look at the skeletal structure of either a horse, dog or cat – I opted for felines as, although I’ve… 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

Research point: Animals in the Renaissance

Look at how Renaissance masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Durer depicted animals. The expansive mood of the Renaissance saw a growing emphasis on the secular life.  Art mirrored this, and was… 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

Research point: Ben Nicholson

‘All the still lifes are in fact land-sea-sky scapes to me‘ – Ben Nicholson in a letter to artist Patrick Heron in Feb 1954  (Button,  2007). Find out about Ben Nicholson. Why does… Continue reading