Monthly Archives: May 2014

Check & Log: Still life

Do you think it is easier to suggest three dimensions on man-made or natural objects?  Try to explain your answer. I don’t think this is an easy question to answer.  It would be easy to say that manmade is easier because the fundamental forms are likely to be based on cubes, spheres, cylinders and cones […]

Ex 14 Composition of natural objects

Make a selection of natural objects, such as fruit or vegetables on a plate and explore different viewpoints, and assess which you like best.  Use the information already gathered to make an informed decision about the organisation of your still life drawing’. I chose objects that had interesting shapes, textures, colours and were different sizes.  […]

Ex 13 Still life sketches of made objects

Create a small still life composition from a small themed selection of objects… With a pen, pencil or ballpoint use a technique such as hatching.’ Draw two or three thumbnail sketches in your sketchbook, of different arrangements from different viewpoints using a light source to create strong lights and darks on the surface of the […]

Check & Log: Reflected light

What are the difficulties in separating cast shadow form reflected light and shade? I didn’t find it particularly difficult to separate the cast shadows from the reflected light and shade once I grasped an understanding of the differences.  My AH HA moment (the green tennis ball reflections, Ex 9: Observing light and shadow) taught me […]

My take on Patrick Caulfield: White Cup

Make a drawing in a similar style to Patrick Caulfield.’ To understand how Caulfield has worked out the complexities in these prints I have attempted to set up a similar arrangement such as ‘Vessel 1990’ and draw the negative spaces and identify and simplify reflective light and cast shadows.  

Research point: Patrick Caulfield

Find out about Patrick Caulfield and how he uses positive and negative space, for example in his ‘White Ware’ screen prints.  Make a drawing in a similar style.’ Paul Caulfield was an English painter and printmaker who studied at Chelsea School of Art, London, (1956) and at the Royal College of Art (1960–63). He developed […]

Ex 12 Shadows & reflected light & shade

Use A1 or A2 paper, charcoal, putty rubber, pick two objects with shiny surfaces.  Try to leave very little background.’ I found this exercise quite challenging as I’m not used to using charcoal.  I’m not sure how to use it and I think I’ve overworked it in this drawing.  This drawing is on A2 paper […]