Ok, I’m being brave, here are my first five master studies. At the moment we’re using three values (or as close as I can get to that) to block in the basic shapes and composition of each piece. I’ve written what painting I studied for each one. I have to do 50 of these as the first part of the art camp assignment, then 50 colour studies which will be even more difficult as I have no real knowledge of colour at all! I’m happiest with either the first Monet or Whistler study, I feel the others are a bit messy but are a good start.
Oh, I also forgot to mention that my books arrived! I’m soooo glad they decided to reprint these books… I can’t wait to start reading them properly.
Two quick drawings from memory in my sketchbook. These are actually of a few of the sculptures I created for my exhibition, which I will get photographs of soon on to here! Just waiting for them to be sent to me, although I did get a few on my digital camera but I know the images won’t be anywhere near as good a quality.
So could these be considered a preview?
A quick drawing from my sketchbook from one of Karl Blossfeldt’s photographs. Now that it’s on the screen I can see where I went wrong, but I’m trying to improve my cross hatching skills as well which isn’t so bad in this. The scanner has made the image a little grainy, even on the high PPI setting, sorry!
Another series of blind drawings, but with these I decided to use brown packaging paper. I really like the quality of the brown paper against the black pens. I also had a ‘happy accident’, as in the last drawing I used a gold marker to create a second drawing over the first, however I didn’t realise you couldn’t see the drawing until after I took the blindfold off. I moved away from it, the light hit it and it was revealed! I hope you can see it in the photograph? Sorry for the bad quality, phone camera…
A series of blind drawings I created. I chose to use a thick black marker for these, so they’d stand out against the white cartridge paper, and so it was permanent. The first two I created one after the other, imagining forms in my mind and trying to ‘draw them out’.
The larger drawing was created a little while after, I decided to upscale the paper size, I’d guess it’s about 1.5m by 1.7m, and it’s interesting to see what I thought I was drawing and what I actually did were completely different. There are some interesting areas in the piece though, such as in the last two images, even if it doesn’t work as a whole drawing!
Here are some more sketches from the same sketchbook as my previous art post, which I created when I stared to develop my ideas. The shapes in my sketches reminded me a lot of coral, so I started looking at the natural forms of coral and trying to abstract them in some way in my work, so I wasn’t drawing a representation of coral, but something reminiscent of it.
These are four sketches I picked out from my sketchbook, which are loose studies from a stone sphere, observing the surface of the mineral. I applied metallic and blue acrylic paints onto the page with a printing roller, and painted on top with coloured inks. I like how in some areas the paint absorbs the ink, but in others the ink contrasts against the paint. I used A4 Kraft paper, metallic and cerulean blue acrylic paint, drawing ink.
Oh I completely forgot to mention, the drawing workshop on friday was great! Robert Luzar was the visiting artist who was with us for the day. He knows so much about drawing and it’s history. I gained so much from it and I’m glad I went along! Two people who were in my class walked out, but they missed out because they were too closed minded about what they think is ‘art’.
I found out why we needed to take a blindfold as well, as we were doing blind drawings. Out of context, it sounds really dodgy… the things we do at university!
We recreated a series of drawings by Robert Morris, called Blind Drawing Times. He set himself tasks for each drawing he created, then blindfolded created large scale drawings using pigments of his hands, following the tasks he’d set himself.
I would’ve posted about the drawing workshop yesterday, but I had no time to myself at all after I got back home from university! To sum up the whole day in one word, I’d have to choose enlightening. I realise I use the word “amazing” a lot, mostly because I can’t seem to think of another word off the top of my head! Side tracked…
The workshop was a real eye-opener for me, I worked on a large scale piece which isn’t a new thing for me, but it’s always fun to do! I worked from some sketches and drawings in my sketchbook to develop this larger drawing, and I feel that there’s something starting to happen with these, I just need to keep going and see if it breaks through. The tutor who held the workshop and teaches the Level 6 students normally, Sarah Key (who’s a Doctor in art!) is really nice, and she gave me some real insight into my work and suggested some artists I could look at / ideas I could explore, as well as suggesting different techniques. Photographs of all this work to come, as I’m aware it’s been a while since I posted any personal work.
I said I would start working… and so I have! I decided to draw the orchid flowers in my room before all of them die, and they are beautiful flowers. It also starts the ‘theme’ that i want to work on with my artwork, well it’s more the subject than a theme I guess. Either way, I want to look at flowers and trees, and continue my inspiration and ideas that I’ve gotten from completing my foundation year. I used pen, markers and ink on paper.
*This work is my own
My final major project outcomes. I created two large scale ink drawings based on The Divine Comedy: Hell, Circle 7, the Forest of Suicides; I wanted to explore my own interpretation of the trees, as this was one of the scenes that impacted me the most. They are both approximately 1.5m by 2.4m.
Not foliage green, but of a dusky colour,
Not branches smooth, but gnarled and intertangled,
Not apple-trees were there, but thorns with poison.
The Divine Comedy: Hell, Canto XIIIby Dante Alighieri
*This work is my own