Monthly Archives: April 2015

Check & log: drawing animals

What were the main challenges of drawing animals? My main challenge was the different tones on the fur.  My dogs are black and when they were still, I saw that there was a myriad of different tones.  I suppose this could be dealt with in the same manner as drawing fabric, which I haven’t successfully […]

Ex 14 Fish on a wonky plate

For this exercise you will need to buy a fish– there are plenty of fish that are delightful to draw.  Find a decorative plate to put the fish on and set the plate carefully in a fairly neutral context. For this exercise I chose a silver sea bream and placed it on a very decorative […]

Research: George Stubbs

Look at the skeletal structure of the cat, dog or horse.  Research the anatomical drawings of George Stubbs (1724-1806), and consider how these inform Stubbs’s finished pieces. Look at the skeletal structure of the cat, dog or horse.  The shape of the skeleton explains the external appearance of an animal.  To accurately draw any animal, […]

Ex 13 Grabbing the chance

Select your model.  Easier said than done.  Leave your sketchbook and tools in a handy place and grab them when your animal is settled in a good pose.  Be spontaneous and take opportunities to draw as they arise. This exercise is completely out of my comfort zone.  I have never drawn animals before and I […]

Research: Leonardo Da Vinci & Albrecht Durer

Look at how Renaissance masters such as Leonardo and Dürer depicted animals.  Make notes and try and find some images to include in your learning log. Leonardo Da Vinci As an artist, Leonardo Da Vinci amalgamated science with nature and vice versa.  He made different types of observations, gestural studies and close observational studies.  He […]

Check & log: drawing plants & flowers

How will your experiments with negative space help your observational drawing in the future? Before doing the negative space exercise, I thought about the research point in Project 1, Patrick Caulfield, who uses negative space in his drawings and also to the exercise about observing negative space and perspective.  I remember really enjoying the negative […]

Ex 12 Drawing with other coloured media

Now make some drawings of the same subject as before in other colour media. Experiment with mixing the media. Use pens, wax crayons, ballpoints together with pencil, crayons and pencil. Using acrylic paper, I chose the chrysanthemums and the gerbera to simplify the composition.  I decided to keep the same style of composition by keeping […]