Assignment 4 – Reflection

Well I think I’m improving, let’s see if my tutor agrees!

Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills

Materials: I didn’t debate much on the use of materials for these assignments, my tonal work is strongest in charcoal and I only had pencil or drawing pens with me when completing the line drawing and I prefer the clean lines of pen and it allows experimentation with the line in pencil in situ, before committing it to pen.

Techniques: I think the drawing pens are more limited in achieving a variation of line than dip pen for instance. I have used disappearing lines and did vary the pen thickness at times, but I don’t think I have varied the lines as much as I could have done. Starting with a light charcoal background on the tone drawing I think has worked well and has allowed me to get a good tonal range across this drawing.

Observational skills: I think I have got the majority of the proportions, foreshortening and perspective correct in these drawings.

Visual awareness: I have included some lines dividing the tonal areas in the line drawing, but perhaps should have experimented with how to depict these a little more before committing to pen. In the tone image I think I have captured the different tones well across the image.

Design and compositional skills: I think the two compositions chosen both worked well. Both are in portrait format, which fits the elements of the image in well and I have worked to the edge of the frame. I could have perhaps gone slightly to the right in the line image to include the edge of the chair. I think it works fine being cut off in the way that it is, but if it was an image to frame, this would be cut even further which then may look a bit odd.

Quality of Outcome

Content: There are a few areas I am not as pleased with, namely the eyebrow and lack of line variation on the line drawing and the facial expression and ear on the tone drawing. I am pleased with the rest of them though.

Application of knowledge: I guess the main areas of knowledge from the course applied here were from the measuring the figure, foreshortening in the tonal drawing, perspective in the line drawing and depiction of line and tone. I think my main area to focus on still is my use of varying lines.

Presentation of work in a coherent manner: This blog is the main record of my work, with my accompanying sketchbook.

Discernment: I think the composition and choice of materials works well, so hopefully this shows in the final drawings.

Conceptualisation of thoughts: The thinking in this image was around the composition and (with the line drawing particularly) in how to simplify the detail. I think I chose strong compositions for both drawings and I think my decisions on what to draw and what to ignore also worked well, with the exception of the depiction of the eyebrow and the decision to include the pocket detail in the line drawing.

Communication of ideas: I think the choices made in composition and the materials used make this image (mostly) work well, it is only the facial expression on the tonal image which communicates a different message than I was intending.

Demonstration of Creativity

Imagination: I guess that seeing the composition of an image, placement of elements, working out what to include/exclude, simplifying elements, etc. is the evidence of imagination.

Experimentation: This was mainly in trying out different compositions for the tonal image and different ways of depicting features with the line drawing.

Invention: I’m still not sure what to put under this heading?

Development of a personal voice: I am pleased that with charcoal I have been able to move away a bit from the detailed studies I thought I was getting drawn into – there is hope for me yet!

Context

Reflection: Overall I think these drawings went well. They could be improved in areas, but I think I have made the right decisions in composition, materials and techniques for what I was planning to achieve.

Research: Most of my research has been done whilst working through this stage of the course.

Critical thinking (learning log): This post and the others through this stage of the course covers this.

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