Reflection: Thoughts between one part and the next

With Part 1 of the course behind me, and Part 2 beckoning, it seems a good time to reflect and look forward… Part 1 was many things. New – I hadn’t studied for… Continue reading

Exhibition visit: BP Portrait Award 2012

It’s not often I have the opportunity to get to exhibitions – certainly nowhere near as often as I would like.  This is partly due to living where I do (in South Devon,… 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