A drawing of man-made objects was more of my cup to tea and I decided to continue my study of jewellery making objects which I had used as studies in previous exercises.
I decided that the bench vice would be interesting to draw, so picked out a number of objects which would be used in conjunction with this to start my arrangement. I put a piece of silver into the vice, held with a piece of leather to provide contrasting texture. I then added some files, sandpaper and pieces of silver and played around with the arrangement of these objects until I found a pleasing arrangement.
Due to the shape of the bench vice, the only pleasing options were using a landscape format. I also reduced the number of objects in the frame to give quite a simple arrangement (and because the silver pieces would be unrecognisable as what they were, no matter how well drawn).
Moving on to medium, I was hoping to do this drawing with ink as I have enjoyed my experiments with this in previous exercises. I also wanted to add colour to this drawing in some way. Filling an A2 sheet in this way seemed very daunting given how long my last A3 ink sketch took, but to this aim I tried a preliminary sketch with the intention of filling different sections of it using different colour mediums. However, the first choice I made was acrylic artists ink and this seemed to be perfect for this drawing, so I carried on and filled the whole shape with this to see how it worked over larger areas. It filled the shape well, with fairly uniform colour, so I decided this was the medium I would use for the final drawing.
Also in this image were some experiments on representing the table edge which I struggled with for a while, as well as some colour tests.
My initial misgivings about the length of time this drawing would take were an underestimate in the end and I ended up leaving a few areas out – mainly the shadows in the background and beneath the bench. However, I really enjoyed the majority of this drawing, in particular the depiction of form and shadows.
The image is by no means perfect, but I am pleased with the result. I think the needle file case worked very well except for the placement of the lettering where it bends up. The sanding stick worked well. The bench vice also worked well, although it does show that it was worked on over a number of days as different areas are done in different ways and boldness of pen strokes. The sandpaper is the only area which I am disappointed in as I didn’t look at these objects closely enough to represent them well. The tedious process of adding texture to these helped them somewhat, but they still lack form. Another problem with this image is that I have used cartridge paper which has buckled where I have filled in colour with acrylic inks. I need to investigate thicker papers (and maybe stretching?) for future work of this type. I also experienced problems with the ink drying almost the instant I applied it to the paper, so I was unable to get the consistent wash I was hoping for and have ended up with blotchy colours.
Check and log
Did you do enough preliminary work before starting work on your final pieces?
- I experimented with a number of different compositions and am please with the one I ended up with. I think I also did enough preparation in terms of testing the inks, but obviously not in terms of testing the paper to use.
Do your large drawings give an accurate interpretation of the still life groups? If not, what went wrong?
- Yes I think they do. The bench vice has a few varying styles due to being worked on over a number of drawing sessions, so is not wholly consistent.
Did you make a good selection of objects or did you try to include too much? Would you change the arrangements of objects if you were to start again?
- The sandpaper is the weakest area of the drawing as I don’t think I concentrated enough on representing their (limited) form, or maybe they just weren’t interesting enough as objects?
Do your drawings fit well on the paper or could they be improved by working on a larger sheet of paper?
- As before, I don’t understand this question, but I think I fitted everything onto the paper well. Given how long this drawing took, I would hesitate before attempting a similar drawing on a larger sheet of paper.
Did you have problems with drawing or find hatching too difficult?
- I was quite successful with my hatching in this drawing although need to think more about the direction of this before I start as I didn’t always get this right. I didn’t have too many other problems with the drawing though.