Exercise – Still life sketches of made objects
I chose some difficult objects to draw, and as I initially chose pen to draw with, I couldn’t then correct my mistakes once I’d made them, so in the first sketch the saw handle is too large. The initial arrangement doesn’t fit well into a frame as the saw handle extends a lot lower than the other objects. However, the arrangement does lead the eye into the image.
I initially thought the second arrangement was a better one, with the objects fitting neatly together and arranged parallel to each other, but looking at it again, I’m not sure it has as much interest as the first image, although that could be because the pencil image isn’t as bold as the pen one.
I think these kinds of objects could be worth exploring further for the assignment as an image of a jewellery bench could be interesting to do.
Exercise – Composition of natural objects
I can’t say I find compositions of natural objects (e.g. bowls of fruit) particularly interesting, so these were rougher sketches than the previous exercise. I think the most interesting composition of vegetables I chose was with the plate positioned sideways on and at eye level, giving a more unusual angle on the objects.
Check and log
Do you think it is easier to suggest three dimensions on mad-made or natural objects?
- On natural objects I guess, as they have less regular shapes and require greater observation to ensure they are drawn correctly. Although it depends on the objects you are drawing in each category.
How did you create a sense of solidity in your composition?
- I think this was achieved much more when the objects being drawn overlapped with each other. My initial sketch of natural objects when they are all separated from each other has the least solidity.
Do you think changing the arrangement of your composition makes a difference to your approach and the way you create a sense of form?
- I haven’t noticed such a change in approach when I was completing these exercises, although the angle you draw a single object from obviously changes the way you represent the form of that object.
How did you decide how to position yourself in relation to the objects?
- In most of these, this has been determined by the height of the desk I was drawing the objects on. For the last composition of natural objects I crouched lower to draw them and this gave a more interesting perspective which I think I will investigate further for the assignment.
Exercise – Observing negative space and perspective
I found this really hard to do, mainly because without planning out the objects positions and sizes in relation to each other before drawing them, they ended up not being the correct sizes in relation to each other by the end of the line. It would be worth trying this again when it comes to the assignment.