Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Fabric Drawing

1. A wide range of values is evident in my piece where the fabric folds and the light hits. I believe the folds are pretty dark in contrast to the highlighted parts and the shadows fade very smoothly.

2. I struggled a lot with the practice fabric drawings. I had to do them about 3 times until I started to actually capture the illusion of hanging fabric with shadows and highlights. My final piece was the first piece I was happy with out of the 4 that I had done.

3. I used a charcoal pencil to darken the edges of the fabric where it folds to create shadows and once I finished shading I didn't even need to use a white colored pencil to highlight because I had shaded those parts so lightly. I started out with more pressure along the edges and then used less pressure as I worked towards the middle. Personally, I find it easier to not use a lot of pressure on any of the piece but to layer the charcoal as I expand out so the edges become darker through layering.

4. Without the correct texture someone could interpret your object as something completely different! Texture is key to taking the final step in bringing your object to life and creating a realistic look.

5. If I were to do this piece over again I would practice shading more (since I understand it now) and master how to read the object and it's shadows better. Basically, I would do what I did but with more practice and more understanding of where to shade.

White Pencil Shading

For this exercise we practiced shading curled up tape but with white colored pencil on black paper. By using white on black I got a better idea of how to shade with different colors and values.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Contour Backpack

Contour Backpack

For this exercise the class drew a contour drawing of their backpacks in pen. Including all the detail on the backpack was difficult because of course you couldn't lift your pen. I lifted my pen more than I should have and I still didn't get as much detail as I would've liked to in my picture. I think if I wasn't so focused on making the picture look neat and perfect I would've better achieved the detail I was looking for.

Contour Rooms

Practice Contour Room

Final Contour Room

1. In all honesty I wasn't very fluent with drawing my lines. I lifted my pen way more than I should have and you can tell where the lines stop and start especially on the counter.

2. By drawing contour hands and a backpack I learned how to observe an object as I draw it in order to get the proportions, perspective and detail right. In my final piece this enabled me to fill the shelves with the books and art supplies that are actually in the room. Also, getting the proportions of all the objects right became a lot easier by my final contour room drawing.

3. An outline drawing captures the basic shape of the object while contour drawings allow tons of detail to be added to the shape of the object. 

4. It is important to not think too deeply about what you are drawing but to rather think about the lines you are drawing. If you focus on the size and shape and length of each line your piece will come together so much easier because you aren't overthinking it. I have trouble with overthinking my art.

5. After this piece I have realized how concerned I am with how it will come out rather than focusing all my attention on the aspects of my piece while I am drawing it. I am afraid to just go with it and let my pen lead me. If  I were to do this piece over I would think less and lift my pen less. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Contour Hands

Blind Contour

To do a blind countour hand drawing we had to place our pen on the paper and draw our hand with our eyes only on our hand and without taking the pen off the paper until we are finished. It was very challenging becuase my pen wasn't moving at the same speed as my eyes were.

Modified Contour

Modified contour hand drawings are the same concept except you are allowed to look at your hand. This was still challenging for me because I couldn't lift the pen!