Points to take forward: Try to stop overworking drawings. Some of them are far too tight and controlled. Look at abstracting areas rather than concentrating on whole areas.  This would help develop tone. More sketchbook work to experiment with different media, support and tools. Try to engage more energy in the drawings.

Assessment criteria points Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills Materials, techniques, observation skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills. During this part of the course, I have used charcoal more than in any of the other projects throughout the course.  I’m actually enjoying using it and I felt that I used it well in the […]

I had decided that I would use one of my sketches for the final drawing. I chose one of the line and wash studies where I has included another light source that cast shadows and modified the composition further. I made a fairly accurate drawing of the composition to use as a template for the […]

First of all I prepared supports using a variety of mediums, clear gesso, PVA glue and Liquitex flexible modelling paste. First I covered cartridge paper with clear gesso and when it was dry used PVA (1) and Liquitex flexible modelling paste (2) to create an outliner barrier. Then I: Dribbled PVA onto the paper to […]

I decided to use A3 Mixed media paper for all these drawings and a Graphik 0.3 line maker pen. I started, as the course notes suggested doing a continuous line drawing, but looking at the paper.  This was great fun to do as it gave a huge sense of freedom.  I didn’t bother with measuring […]

I decided that I would use one of the drawings from the composition series.  I chose one that had lots of interest and areas of dark and light tone.  I thought I’d done quite a few tonal studies in the previous exercise and I thought I would be repeating quite a few of them, so […]

Look at the work of Vuillard, Mary Cassatt and Degas and make notes on their approaches to composition. Edouard Vuillard (1868 – 1940) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89douard_Vuillard (accessed 15/10/2015) First, I looked at Vuillard’s interiors and how he has composed them to entice the viewer to look around the painting rather than just look at it. In this […]

I read this part of the course to mean choose an interior that will be used for the final piece and develop that.  With this in mind I took a long time going through the drawings revisiting each interior and thought about how I could do the next set of exercises and what the final […]

There is nothing quick about my quick drawings. It has taken me weeks and weeks and weeks to complete this exercise.  At the start, I wasn’t comfortable doing quick drawings.  There is a difference between quick and accurate and rushed and inaccurate and quite a lot of my drawings are rushed and inaccurate.  Some of […]

Part 5 is your chance to consolidate what you have learned, to re­flect on exercises that you have especially enjoyed and to evaluate your progress. Use your learning log to help you review your progress. Make a brief entry for each exercise and assignment undertaken so far detailing successes and any problems that you have […]