Category Part Two: Observation in Nature

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ex 11 Plants & flowers in coloured pencil

Experiment with different methods of blending colour in your sketchbook. Feel free to try any method of hatching, rubbing or smudging and layering. Look carefully at your experiments and make notes about the success and effects of the different methods. Coloured pencils can be very carefully controlled and are excellent for drawing detail. Making a […]

Ex 10 Negative space in a plant

Use a large potted plant for this exercise. Set your plant in front of you, preferably with a plain background. You can use a graphite stick, pencil, ballpoint or pen and ink. Work on an A3 sheet of paper. Carefully look at your plant. Consider all the space around it and between its stalk and […]

Ex 9 Drawing using oil pastel

For this exercise use a textured coloured paper A3 in size and equip yourself with a good range of oil pastels. Set up a colourful group of fruit or vegetables or a combination of both, concentrating on creating a group of contrasting colour, shape and texture. Select a number of pastels to form the main […]

Ex 8 Using markers and dip pens

Work out at least three alternative compositions with your pieces of fruit and combination of colours in your sketchbook. Use a collection of markers with different sized ‑bre tips from ‑ne points to wedge shapes. Choose a variety of colours in different tonal values – some light, such as lemon yellow, and some with more […]