Figure Drawing Sketch Book

In a small craft sketchbook I have done some sketches which I have just selected a few from this sketchbook.























No 21


Part four The figure and the head

Project 3 Form

Exercise 1 Basic shapes

In this exercise it asks to arrange a model at a slight angle in a chair. For this exercise not having a model I found a image of a lady sitting in a chair reading a book. Firstly putting the outline of the figure before adding in colour pastels to create my drawing. As the picture I used did not have the full legs so the drawing stopped just below the knee line. I used pastels and blended them in using my fingers.Felt I had got the person sitting on the chair but the hands bit small had not that much detail. But this exercise was blocking in the basic shapes and the planes of the body.


Project 3 Exercise 1 Drawing  No 1


Project 3 Exercise 1 Drawing No  2

Drawing two was my second attempt at this exercise, I did like the movement with the fabric showing the body form underneath. I not sure the scale is right on the arms and the shoulders drop down. but i did like the overall effect of the drawing in which I used pastels. Think the person is a little bit floating but had but a background to this drawing. Both drawings on A3 size paper on a Pastel ingres paper.

Exercise 2 Essential elements

In this exercise it suggests doing six different poses lasting ten minutes each for this exercise I decided too use some A4 craft paper with some willow charcoal to do all these drawings.


Drawing 1

Drawing 1 think have managed to get the proportions of body adding some tone to the body.


Drawing 2

Drawing 2 think this one of a model sitting with the back and legs to side feel the arm on the left hand side too wide.


Drawing 3

Drawing £ felt this model with one knee down not sure I have got the legs right. head maybe a little to large for the body.


Drawing 4

Drawing 4 legs don’t look right body looks a bit small for the legs.


Drawing 5

Drawing 5 model sitting with knees up head maybe a little too large.


Drawing 6

Drawing 6 tried to get some movement with model standing on the one leg.

After this exercise did some black ink drawings with pastel tones on some sketch up paper.

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Drawings Black Ink and Pastel 

After this tried some watercolour paper and used a brush to get some figure drawing showing movement.


Drawings on Watercolour Paper No 1


Drawings on Watercolour Paper No 2

Part four The figure and the head

Project 2 Proportion

Exercise 1 Quick Exercises

In this asking to draw a model not having a model I have used a selection of images from magazines to draw from trying some quick sketches in my moleskin sketch book. I used a graphite pencil and some in a charcoal pencil to work all of the sketches trying to get the basic lines on the model.


Project 2 Exercise 1 Drawing No 1

This person sitting in a large wicker chair not got the hands in as quick two minute sketch so just trying to get the basic body shape. The legs on the body not right and not got that much detail on the hands.


Project 2 Exercise 1 Drawing No 2

In this sketch model is bending over not sure that the top part of the leg is long enough and in proportion. to the rest of the body but felt I had got the bending of the back.



Project 2 Exercise 1 Drawing  No 3

This sketch not really got the person sitting right as the were cross legged onto the ground and hands on head but tried to get the drawing by working over the lines to get the right proportions.


Project 2 Exercise 1 Drawing No 4

This sketch is someone holding a musical instrument liked sone of my line work but have not got the proportions right with the arm was little bit too fat.


Project 2 Exercise 1 Drawing No 5

In this drawing I liked the end result of this drawing felt hand got the legs right perhaps the head was slightly tilted more than it should have been.


Project 2 Exercise 1 Drawing No 6

This model was sitting at a desk with her hand up, the head maybe a little too big liked some of the mark making I had done with the pencil.


Project 2 Exercise 1 Drawing No 7

This model is sitting down I liked the overall body shape and some of the line work.

After doing these quick two minute sketches in the exercise it ask to complete two ten minute drawings so these I did in my A4 sketchbook of a lady standing and a lady bending.


Project 2 Exercise 1 A4 Drawing No 1

In the above exercise think that the legs floating and not really sitting on the chair, did this ten minute sketch using a fine back pen.


Project 2 Exercise1 A4 Drawing No 2

Not sure about the feet on this sketch above but liked some of the movement. This was done in black fine pen.

Exercise 2 A longer Study

Details to follow….





Part four The figure and the head

Project 1 Fabric and form

Exercise 1 Drawing fabric using line and tone 

In this exercise is says throw a piece of clothing or fabric over a chair so while away at hotel ( Bexhill ). Took my jacket and put it over a chair and started by doing the tone drawing first before doing the pencil line sketch in my moleskin sketchbook.

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Exercise 1 Drawing fabric using tone pencil sketch


Exercise 1 Drawing fabric using line pencil sketch


In the second part of this exercise it asks that to divide a large sheet of paper into 8 no 12 cm squares, I decided that I wanted to use different paper ao t cut 4no in sketch paper and the other 4 no in watercolour squares. All these are now mounted into my A4 sketchbook.

Sketch No 1


Sketch No 1

Used a 2B pencil to draw the cuff of the jacket. I did feel that it worked well. The folds of the fabric and the tones in the jacket, pocket detail and stitching .

Sketch No 2


Sketch No 2

Used pastel colour, hi lighted in a sft blue. I think I managed to get some of the folds. Like the way in which the pastels could blend. Used a erase as well to get some hi- lights.

Sketch No 3


Sketch No 3

Used a HB pencil was ok but felt it did not work as well as using a softer pencil lead like in Sketch 1. Added pressure to the pencil to get the different tones.

Sketch No  4


Sketch No 4

Used charcoal in this not sure it looks very fabric like but liked some of the tones created. Bit messy when working in charcoal.

Sketch No 5


Out came the coloured crayons which I also used water to blend the colours. Not sure this looks very fabric like but used some watercolour paper so liked the texture of the paper with the crayons.

Sketch No 6


Sketch No 6

Just used ink and a brush for this sketch. Like some of the tones in the main body of the jacket, from dark to light. No chance of changing anything once the ink is drawn. So errors no chance of removing them.

Sketch No 7


Sketch No 7

Another ink drawing used with water and a black fine line pen to add some detail. Liked the fine line over the ink.

Sketch No 8


Sketch No 8

Out with the acrylic paints and a pallet knife for painting this got some interesting textures not sure it looked like fabric but a intreating square.

After this exercise I did some further sketches of fabric so that I could see it I could get a better drawing using different pencils.


Exercise 2 Emphasising form with cloth

Started off sketching in my notebook first so have included my sketches on here for reference. Not feeling any good at figure drawing but carried on sketching with drawing in fine black ink to start with.


Seated Person No 1

The first quick sketch not got the right shape of person, arms seem to vanish.


Standing Person No 2

Felt this figure worked better and liked some of the mark making of the fabric.


Standing Person No 3

Ended up drawing the hands in pocket as felt not sure how hands would be drawn otherwise. Shoulders two rounded in this sketch above.


Standing Person No 4


Seated Person No 5

Started to draw a figure sitting down.


Standing Person No 6


Seated Person No 7

This one above does not work at all nobody could ever sit like that.


Standing Person No 8

This one in charcoal I quite like the tones in the fabric.


Standing Person No 9

Hands in pocket again like some of the sales of the fabric of the dressing gown and the PJ bottoms.


Seated Person No 10

Ended up drawing a seated person not sure if this work but had tried to do some different sketches.

Then following on was then trying to draw a face with the fine black pen,


Face Sketch

Following on from the sketches I drew some quick black ink drawings in my moleskin sketchbook.


Sketches of People No 1

Then after that sat and have done some more sketches of people in black pen.


Sketch of Man with Shading and Line N0 2


Sketch of Man Sitting Reading No 3


Sketch No 4



De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill


De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill 


A bit of a grey wet day  visiting this building have always wanted to see this building as its is probably the most modern and successful building of its time. The building was finally built in 1935 after a competition in The Architects Journal in September 1933 were the architects that won were Mendelssohn and Chermayeff.


De La Warr Pavilion


De La Warr Pavilion

I think that some of the interior spaces and finishes make this a inspiring building to visit, the stairwell with its handrail and the curved glass feature looking out to sea gives wonderful views over to the sea.


Interior Ground Floor


Interior First Floor


Light Fitting In Stairwell

I did a couple of sketches of the exterior of the building as shown below.


My Sketch of De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill


My Sketch of De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill

The Exhibition that was on

Safari- An Exhibition As Expedition by Simon Patterson 

This exhibition spans 25 years of the artist work, it takes the visitor on a mini safari of the Art Deco De La Warr Pavilion to discover his work as well as objects from both Bexhill and Hastings Museums.

“People often make sense of the world through language , maps, musicological classifications, military codes and routes: Simon Patterson manipulates these mechanisms, shifting our perceptions as a result”

Photos of his work Seascape which was worked in conjunction with the Bexhill-on-Sea Sailing Club, this stages a temporary exhibition which was filmed. Large photographs display the sea battle with coloured grenades were set off to create this work.

I had asked before taking the photographs  that it was permitted to take them.




Details of Exhibition


Exhibition  Photograph 1


Exhibition Photograph 2

This photograph reminded me of Edinburgh which I have visited.


Exhibition Photograph 3


Exhibition Photogarph 4


Exhibition Photograph 5


Exhibition Photograph 6


Exhibition Photograph 7

First Floor Exhibition 

Roy Voss 

All The Word’s A Sunny Day 

A display of over hundred postcards each postcard has a word in them cut from the back of the postcard and inserted into the front. Each word is chosen to describe something about the scene forming a short open narrative.


Detail of Exhibition


Part of the Exhibition


One of the Postcards

The above postcard is a place I know in Kent the viking ship which I  have taken my children when younger down here and also been on one of those hovercrafts to France. Brought back memories for me.

When I came back home I did a bit of research into this artist and found out that he had been to Maidstone Art College in the early 1980’s I do recall this place because I recall going to that college to look round it before I then attended Medway Art College (KIAD).

What a small world we live in such intresting facts that we learn each day .

Part four The figure and the head

After reading this section the research point is regarding the human figure, clothed or not. This is not one of my subjects that I find inspiring to draw as I do prefer nature , flowers or even buildings.

I had done some life drawing classes some forty years ago when I was studying at Art College but have not done much since then. The first thing I did do is take a small moleskin sketchbook away with me when I went to stay at Bexhill to see the De La Warr Pavilion. At the hotel which was right on the beach I started with some quick sketches in my moleskin sketch book, so in the two days I had managed to fill this with different sketches of people some were actual people and some from my imagination.

I used a selection of medium firstly starting in pencil, followed by some ink pen drawings then some more tonal drawings.

The first is a selection of pencil drawing that I did sitting by the beach was sunny but little windy day.


Two People At Outside Tables In Pencil


Three People Standing In Pencil


Three People Faces And Top Body In Pencil


Two People On Beach Looking Out To Sea In Pencil


Head Line Drawing In Pencil

This next selection of drawing I used a fine drawing black pen onto the sketch paper to get my drawing of people, very quick sketches to capture them.


Two People At Cafe Table In Ink Pen


Two People At Outside Tables In Ink Pen

As the day was wet and windy in the afternoon I spent some time in the Bar Area drawing some people.


Two Ladies Having Afternoon Tea In Ink Pen


Man Reading Paper In Ink Pen

Then working in some drawing of people using my memory of shapes of people rather than from life.


Trying Full People Shapes In Ink Pen


Full People Movement In Ink Pen

Following on from the ink pen drawing using pencil to create people in tone was my next way of trying to draw people.


Sketching Using Tone In Pencil


Sketching Using Tone And Line In Pencil


Sketching Using Tone And Line In Pencil

I felt that this was a good approach at trying to draw people before staring the first exercise in this section.

Assignment three

Assignment Three 

In this assignment is says to draw a outdoor scene of your choice, I decided that I would like to draw a view of mountains lakes and buildings that I had seen in Switzerland  some year ago, so I looked back into a old sketchbook of mine and decided I would like to draw from a sketch I had of Lake Lugano in 2008 I  want this course to include some of my personal journey in my life of perhaps places I have visited. I wanted it to be like a sketch book of some of my life of places visited which I feel is important to me as throughout my life I have done some sketching but not always as much as I would like. Often artists will develop ideas from old sketchbooks and I felt that I was able to do this for my final drawing.

So taking these sketches from this old sketch book I took these sketches and developed them into my final piece, finding some old photographs as well to give me ideas of colours  and textures. Using some of the ideas gain in the exercise s by using a limited selection of colours and using the drawing of the townscapes exercise along with the looking at drawing of the clouds I feel that I used some of the ideas in these exercises to complete my final drawing. This is all a learning curve and have tried to incorporate ideas of drawing into my final drawing for this assignment.



Assignment 3 Sketch Ideas A4 Sketchbook


Assignment 3 Sketch Ideas A4 Sketchbook

No 1 Drawing Stage

Then started working on a A2 sheet of paper with the detailed drawing, the first stage putting the basic outline of the mountains , lake and small jetty with its wood platform in the foreground of the drawing.


Assignment 3 No1 Drawing Stage

No 2 Drawing Stage

Started adding in some colour to the mountains and lake by using pastels, I used tree colours for the pastels and also used a white pastel to blend in the greens.


Assignment 3 No 2 Drawing Stage

No 3 Drawing Stage

Working in more pastels of the left hand side of the mountain , have also left some of the paper without any pastel colour to add the hi lights in some areas.


Assignment 3 No 3 Drawing Stage

No 4 Drawing Stage 

Adding in more of the mountain colour and buildings at the lake shore line with using the blocks like I have drawn in some of my townscape drawings to show the buildings by suggesting them without putting to much detail of the structure of them into the drawing.Adding some reflection on the lake from the buildings.


Assignment 3 No 4 Drawing Stage

No 5 Drawing Stage

This is a detailed image of the buildings to give some of the colours and tone used  with the mountain in the background.


Assignment 3 No 5 Drawing Stage

Final Drawing Assignment Three 

This showed the sky which I did find hard to blend the pastels on the paper I was using, I  overall liked my drawing but it did give the drawing some perspective by having the jetty at the foreground of my drawing to give it depth. I think some of the mountain effects with the pastels worked well but did not want to blend too much as felt I would not get the depth leaving some of the white paper without any pastel colour.



Assignment 3 Final Drawing

Assessment criteria points

Demonstration of technical and visual skills, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills.

In this assignment using a image of a section of the mountains and lakes in Switzerland . Using the soft pastels with the soft colours for the lake water and the reflection of the buildings in the lake. I like the high mountains then with the buildings set on the lake side shores. The buildings drawn in blocks with little detail to more suggest the buildings. I think the compositional skills have worked with the mountain lake and sky but the eye is lead into the drawing by the jetty to give it some perspective to the drawing.

The use of the pastel colours by blending by using a limited range of colours to get the effect of the mountains I felt worked well. leaving the white paper to bring some hi lights to the mountains.Worked the pastels at a angle to get the texture and form.The lake I used the pastels in at a different angle to get the water to blend and create the refection on the water.

Quality of outcome- content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas.

I feel I have worked in a coherent manner, labeled and referenced all my exercises. Ideas in sketchbook and notes all within my blog taken from my notebook. The use of pastels colours blending, tones and limited the colours that I have used in my final assignment. All sketches in A4 sketchbook, ideas of what I have drawn is from a old sketchbook.

Demonstration of creativity imagination experimentation, invention, development of personal voice.

I have used A2 size paper to create my drawing some sketches in my A4 sketchbook for ideas for my final drawing. I think this drawing develops my personal voice and is part of a personal journey of my life and places that I have been to.

Context reflection- research critical thinking.

I have tried to reflect on my work and still need to work more on my critical thinking.

Formative feedback

Overall Comments

Thank you for the care taken editing, selecting and organising your portfolio. The submission contained , A3 sketchbook, a selection of project work. Access to a updated blog.

Sent in A4 sketchbook not A3 for my own reference.

I will comment upon specific aspects under the headings. In relation to you reflecting on the feedback at assignment 2: there is evidence of you acting on most of the Research and Pointers suggested. You must use Harvard referencing when posting images and quotes- this needs to be followed up on your blog.

I was unaware that I had not referenced everything I will go and check my blog however to see if I had missed any.

You have explored a range of wet and dry drawing media including pencil, watercolour, soft pastel and charcoal.

I agree that I have used all the above materials.

Confident in your pencil, where you are exploring sensitivities in pressure, touch and varying tonal values. Given practice in your next assignment, aim to bring this same consideration for variety of mark and tone to charcoal and soft pastel.

Will try to explore more with pastel and charcoal have added onto my blog the pastel sketching drawing from my Pastel sketchbook that I had been doing. Showing how I have used the pastels in some of the drawings. 

Explore potential mark-making and tone through a series of small sketches before working on larger work. You can then be more willing to explore the ‘messy’ nature of the media.

I don’t find it that easy to be messy. After working nearly forty years using fine pens on drawing board where everything has to be to the right scale when drawing plans, elevations sections etc. Will try to explore more when using different media.

I am concerned that you aren’t taking full opportunity to learn from observational drawing, whether this is sitting outside; drawing from land/ townscape, or setting up still-lives to work from home.

I felt that I had done a balance of work, I used four drawings / photograph images for the whole of this section. All other work was drawn outside as example Doddington Gardens I spent a day there but also took photographs for references for myself. The alleyway in Rochester drawn on site but use of photographs for backup and record images drawn. The drawings at Tankerton sat by the beach one morning doing those. The drawings of Whitstable in my sketchbook were done while sitting there. Because I put photos on my blog next to these drawings does not mean I take these photos and just draw at home. They are references for me of what I have drawn.

A high number of the drawings are from photographic sources or drawings from before the course: i.e 2008. Whist this can be useful to provide visual references when developing drawings further at home( from landscape etc), however drawing directly from observation is important and essential practice.

Only four drawings are from my own photographic source, these as follows:

All the photographs are taken by myself 

Tate Modern the use of one of my photographs for this exercise.

Angular Perspective Exercise was a photograph taken in Spain.

Aerial or Atmospheric Perspective was a photograph taken in Canterbury Kent.

Switzerland Drawings 

I had put in my blog that I wanted this to include some of my life journey in art .

Also the blog of a student that I was told to look at has also used past photographs of places visited for their exercises. I am unaware if they have been commented on regarding the use of using old photographs in their feed back. 

Drawing directly from ‘life’ necessitates intensive looking and visual analysis. It helps you learn how to see and translate what you see through the line and marks made on the paper etc. This practice is more difficult, but will be more rewarding to your skills development.

I am aware of that and have been drawing from life, but surely adding the use of photographs for reference is important. How would you know what I have draw without the use of the photograph as a reference? 

You are beginning to analyse visual language and aesthetics in your research. With this analysis can come useful insights. I recommend exploring this further. More looking and a deeper visual analysis (of your own and others work)- will enable you to learn more and apply what you learn into your own critical thinking process and drawing skills. ( as Research and Critical Analysis).

Not something that comes easy to me but have tried to analyse my work and other artists.

It may help to understand how to Harvard reference by looking at the OCA link: see Research and also another student’s blog Alison Dollery:

Look through Alison’s blog and see how they approach analysis of their work and others.

Surely its up to each person on this course to express themselves in their own words, the suggestions of looking at another persons blog in a report surely should not be compared. Why should I approach my critical thinking analysis like someone else? I don’t mind looking at other peoples blogs and do so. But is it not better to put your views down rather than copy ideas from others. We all work in different ways so surely this has to be taken into account. If a certain way is required then perhaps it should be put into the course the way in which we should work on analysis of work.

Assignment 3 Assessment potential

“I understand your aim is to go for the B.A.(Hons) Painting Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to this course, I believe you have the potential to succeed at assessment. In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback”

assessment (see Conditions of Enrolment, Section 2 a). Contact the OCA Course Advisors to discuss this further.

Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skill,Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

You chose to work from some old drawings (2008) and photographs of Switzerland. Other than stating you would ‘ like to use this idea for assignment 3’, I’m unclear as to your particular interest in the experience of Switzerland, that you wish to explore and convey through drawing? You have begun to explore soft and oil pastels, which you approach tentatively. It would be good to see you taking more risks by worrying less about making a mess. Expand upon your range of mark- making and tonal values and thinking about how you consider the sky or negative space in your drawings. Be prepared to take more risks and step outside what is familiar to you. Learn from what you have achieved in the past, and be open to trying new and different approaches to inform your skills.

If reading my blog you can understand that I would like this to be part of my personal journey in my life as well. Mess is something I don’t really do but will try and experiment with my skills more. 

To enable you to develop and progress, it might be useful to research and reflect on a few particular artist whose work you admire and appreciate. Especially in relation to how they use materials and the qualities of their mark-making and tonal values ( and the content of the work). At this stage who might you wish to emulate or learn from ?

In further assignments it would help you to be clear what personal aims and intentions are. Before you begin the assignment, ask yourself some questions about what you want to explore while gathering research material, making your preparatory drawings and compositions, as you work towards the assignment outcome. Set yourself some simple aims in addition to the assignment ask. ( see Pointers)

I had done some preparatory drawings for this assignment in my A4 sketchbook and had noted in my blog my personal aims.

I am concerned that relying on old photographs and drawings may limit your learning and drawing development.

I only used four of my own old photographs and drawings in this part the rest of the work was from drawing from life with landscapes and buildings. I had put in my blog that I wanted to add some of these old photographs as this is my journey in life and drawing has been part of it over the years and other artist use material to create work from old sketchbooks and photographs. I see that it can only enhance ones knowledge of the art world by including any of that material.

If you are to use old drawings and photographs you need to show that you are looking and analysing what you see. It is difficult to see what you may have learned through the assignment. You have chosen to not include some elements from the original photograph ( gangplank, rope, pier structure, cloud formation etc..) whilst not using useful elements of perspective to help you see and draw: left and right railings. I recommend you redraw the assignment piece( at a smaller scale A4) and take into account the feedback above.

Felt very negative comments on all my work on this Assignment 3 . No comments on the use of the pastels how the tone was. Some elements I choice not to include as my main aim was the use of  the pastels colours to create the mountains and lake.


A number of cloud studies suggest that you began to explore the qualities of drawing media through using a eraser as a mark- making tool, and rubbing to soften areas, whilst allowing some marks to remain slightly darker. I encourage you to do much more of this kind of experimentation. This will enhance your knowledge, confidence and drawing skillsplay much more with your drawing media, have fun while you learn what materials and tools can do.

Think about how you might learn from and include the exercises from Kaupelis in your drawing development. There is an element of play and risk- taking in these exercises that would benefit you as you experiment. This is vitally important in you enjoying the learning process.

I want to see you using your sketchbooks to experiment more, as you prepare for the assignment. Currently there are a few glimpses (blow-ink) of moments of experimentation and play. The sketchbook is a site for making a mess and learning through playing with media and processes.

Its not my style to be messy when drawing I have tried to experiment using different materials and paper as well. Found the clouds hard to draw but did try different approaches to drawing them in pencil and pastel as well. 


Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

A broad range of research of contemporary and historical relevance, followed up from the course suggestions. You briefly analyse visual elements such as tonal values, colours/ monochrome and composition. I would encourage you to do more of this in relation to your own and others work.

Some useful analysis of Morandi and Bonnard. Is there anything you might take from this analysis to inform your own work? What do you think how Morandi paints or draws the negative space, you comment briefly on his brushwork/ mark-making ? Any other useful ideas to help you explore composition ? What do you think about Bonnard’s use of colour, anything you can learn from this research ? Can you set yourself a couple of exercises using Morandi’s composition/ approach to negative space or Bonnard’s use of colour. ( see Pointers).


Harvard Reference all your research material including your images and the quotes you include on log and sketchbook. – referencing

The above link has a number of useful resources for referencing and how to quote from academic sources.

Go back through your research as you have incorrectly stated that one of the images is both an Auerbach/ Hodgkin. Correct this and Harvard Reference the image.

Noted and corrected.

Visual research into Kaupelis’ Experimental Drawings; brief analysis of the exercises and some useful refections. Think about how you can incorporate what you learn from the exercises into your drawings. For example you comment on using different types of pressure and touch in your line; how might you practice this and to what purpose/ effect? You manage to create a sense of movement in the black pen drawings and a good sense of gravity and weight in some of your quick figure drawings- the person carrying a large board (?). Do continue to work through the exercises and explore what you learn as you work through the course.

A postive comment on one of my small black ink sketches made me feel less negative about my work.

Learning Logs or Blogs/ Critical essays 

Context , reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

Use of learning log to archive your process, research and brief analysis of exercises, projects and the assignment.

Below I have made some very specific suggestions to help you be more critical and analytical in your thinking and visual analysis. I recommend that you try and visually map-out ideas as you do the two tasks below: Do a ‘mind-map’ each for Dean, another for Seurat ant then look at what connections they share and what elements are in contrast. Then use the mind-maps to explore what elements you might develop in your own work. ( see Pointers)

I have already read a book by Tony Buzan a few years ago and have still got the book which I will  look at again.

When analysing work ( your own and that of others) comment further on specific elements such as the quality of line and mark-making. Spend more time looking at work and ask questions about how the ‘aesthetics’; colour, monochrome, tonal values, line, mark-making, texture all feed into and work within composition. Ask what these elements convey in terms of an emotional tone or a particular mood or atmosphere, do they create a story/ narrative; what type and how do you think this is created ( see Pointers)

Have noted the comments on this I do find that trying to analysing of my work and other work does not come easy to me. But I will make an effort to try and do that on my work writing it this way is not something I am use to. Years of writing letters and specification documents with facts and regulations in have been what I have used in my professional life. Specification documents which lay down instructions.( working as a interior designer for over forty years ) This is why perhaps I find it hard to analysing of work by artist and my own work.

I recommend you expand on your comparison and contrast of the Dean and Seurat drawings. Carefully look at and analyse each one of them in turn, more thoroughly. When you feel you have exhausted possible idea, only then compare and contrast ( once you have more information on what you observed). Ask yourself what you have learned from the process and what you could use to analyse and reflect on own work? ( see Pointers).

Have noted this to be done.

Suggested reading/viewing


Look at other students blogs to see how they critically analyse and reflect on research and their own work. It will also be helpful for you to see how they Harvard Reference. Alison Dollery a Drawing 1 student has a good blog which is very accessible.

Have looked at that students work and referencing but I have referenced all my images as detailed in the Harvard Reference system. All my images have been referenced. 

Use Tony Buzan mind- mapping to help you critically analyse and make visual connections as you reflect on your own and others work

Got a book by Tony Buzan so will have a look at that again.

You must consistently use Harvard Referencing when referring to images of others’ work and where quote sources. Go back and reference your sources on your blog.

I felt I had done that but will go over it again.

Pointers for the next assignment

Reflect critically on this feedback in your learning log.

Spend more time looking at and analysing your research– expand upon Dean and Seurat visual analysis. As what you have learn from the process and what you can bring to your own work? Post your thoughts to your log.

You must use Harvard Referencing with all your research sources:


Go back through your research and reference images and quotes used.

Before you begin the next assignment outcome; take time to think about some personal aims and intentions. What do you want to explore and develop ( alongside the assignment tasks). For example you may wish to explore a broader range of mark making qualities to convey a particular mood, atmosphere or sense of gravity and weight...Set some very simple but specific aims for yourself and keep a short list by you when you work.

I had felt that I had put my intentions in this last assignment clearly this has not been read in my blog. I had also taken stage photographs of my assignment as I was working for my own reference . I had felt I had created the mood and the drawing I felt reflected that but each person is entitled to their own view and ideas on other people work.

Set yourself some simple exercises to explore what you learn from your research for e.g.; Morandi/Bonnard visual elements.

Draw an A4 assignment outcome using the feedback to expand on your learning and visual qualities; mark-making, tonal values and composition.

Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment. Written or video/audio

I look forward to your next assignment.

Well after reading that feedback I felt very negative towards the comments, I felt that I had myself put in a lot of work on all the exercises had used different media on some of the exercises i.e. Exercise 1 Parallel Perspective had done two sketches for each one of those one in pencil and other in ink. My overall assignment drawing no real comments on the use of the pastel and how they were used,  Just felt picked up on anything negative, it has made me question what is expected on this course ? Every student doing this course is different and as such their work should be commented on in what they are doing. No real well done or good effort for the work done come on we our doing distance learning and the only person that can judge what we send off is ourselves. But will take on board the comments made and working on my next assignment exercises, figure drawing not a subject that I find easy but will carry on my way on this course. Which have enjoyed doing the exercises and getting to grips with the blog so far.


























Part three Project 5 Townscapes

Exercise 1 Sketchbook of townscape drawings 

This exercise asks for streets in townscapes page 60 in the course book. I took a visit to Rochester Kent on 8th June 2017 and looking at part of the high street which had flag bunting up. In this exercise it was to make a details pencil study in a 3B pencil in a 10 cm square so using myA4 sketch book I draw the two squares. The first to be a simple line drawing without tone and the second one to tone within the drawing.


Exercise 1 Drawing 1

In Drawing 1 I mainly did a line drawing in the 3B pencil as detailed in course work. Did think the lines using the pencil a little fuzzy and not as clear. Used limited tones in the drawing.


Exercise 1 Drawing 2

In Drawing 2 I mainly added the shadows and light on the buildings , did feel that the pencil was very grain like on the sketch paper but again advised to draw in 3B pencil. Felt the drawing became a bit messy with pencil.

I did some further quick sketches of some of the details I should have taken my coloured crayons along in order to colour reference some of the textures however I did take a photograph for my reference.

The sky was very blue it was a lovely sunshine morning and not many people around.


Exercise 1 Quick Sketches

In the quick sketches I used 3B pencil with details of some of the buildings and features. Do think the pencil is soft but think I captured some of the features in the hight street.

Added a photograph taken to my sketch book when I got home for my own reference.

Exercise 2 Study of a townscape using line

In this exercise page 81 in course book asks to use line to create the drawing, I have a lovely photograph that I had taken some years ago of the Tate Modern in London so as this was just a line drawing I wanted to use this with the different types and heights of the flats and the Tate Modern building which has since had a extension to it.

My line drawing I did in a black Pen 0.5mm in my A4 sketch book, I felt that I had not got the perspective right on the Tate Modern Building, but I did like the overall effect of my drawing I like that contrast of the black pen on the crisp white paper.The only thing working with pen direct onto the paper there is no way to get over any errors in your drawing. Some of the angles of the large section of the drawing are not right and used no grid lines in pencil just used the pen straight onto the paper.


Exercise 2 Study of a townscape using line

Exercise 3 A limited Palette Study 

In this exercise detailed on page 82 of the course book it asks to looking at the previous exercise select the drawing and develop it using a limited palette.

I used my drawing and photograph of Tate Modern London and created my first drawing on A4 paper using a Black smooth crayon, sanguine and a white crayon. Drawing the outline first before then adding the tones think that the image is interesting using the limited colours I know not all the perspective is right on the Tate Modern building  but carried on to try and use the three pencils I had to blend and tone to give me my final drawing.



Exercise 3 A limited Palette Study Outline Sketch

The first image above is the online sketch of the building not got the Tate building right


Exercise 3 A limited Palette Study Final Drawing

The final drawing liked some of the tones that the crayons made not got the building of the Tate Modern right but like the effects of the flats on the right hand side of the drawing.


Drawing in Tones Sketch Ideas


Drawing in Tone Sketch Ideas

Black Canvas Paintings 

Below is a canvas painting of the same image using paints which was just to see the effect using a different media.


Tate Modern London Canvas



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Tate Modern London Detail

 Exercise 4 Statues

In this exercise as detailed on page 83 of course book I took a photograph of a Statue I saw in Edinburgh 2016 of George IV and decided to work with drawing this . Statues are not what I like drawing I am not sure that the figure is right or the base used 3B pencil in my A4 sketch book. Figures also not the what I like drawing and I do think his leg is not right length and angle.



Exercise 4 Statues




Part three Project 4 Perspective

Exercise 1 Parallel Perspective – an interior view

In this exercise after reading up on perspective drawing looking back into a book of mine that I had at art college KIAD Medway which is now called University for the Creative Arts Rochester Kent had this book some forty years ago called Draughtsmanship By Fraser Reekie the third edition 1976 section 8  is on perspective drawing I read this section of the book. After which  I choose to draw a exterior alley way in Rochester Kent. Looking to a building at the end of the alleyway with a door . Visited there on 8th June 2017 and took some photographs while I was there for reference.


Exercise 1 Parallel Perspective Drawing in 6B pencil No 1

In this first drawing I used 6B pencil in my moleskin sketchbook to create my drawing using a outside view rather than a interior as suggested in the exercise. This exterior was looking towards a door at the end of a alley way with flagstone paving. I felt even if was a exterior view it gave the parallel perspective required for this exercise. This first sketch was using as stated above a 6 B pure graphite pencil, perhaps the pencil lines a bit heavy to get the detail required. The pavement level by the door looks a little curved rather than straight. In this exercise it had advised to draw in line but can use tone if you wish. So after doing this first sketch I decided to do a further study of the same alleyway but this time used a black pen drawing in 0.5mm to see how the image would look.

I could get far more detail using the pen but ended up having to create tone by using different lines to get the depth of the image. Felt it was useful to try drawing in both pencil and pen so that I could compare the drawings. This drawing was done on some fine sketch up paper.

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Exercise1 Parallel Perspective Drawing in Ink Pen No 2

The stronger contrast of the pen drawing does create the darker alley look.


Exercise 1 Parallel Perspective Copy of  Moleskin Sketchbook of Page No 3


Exercise 1 Photograph Rochester Kent

Exercise 2 Angular Perspective

Looking at my photographs on my computer I found a lovely photograph that I had taken in Madrid of a corner of a building. In my first sketch I used my sanguine smooth sketching pencil by Daler Rowney. This was similar tones to the building, I felt that the colour was right for the drawing of that building, put some tone into the drawing and have also left some of my grid lines.

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Exercise 2 Angular Perspective No 1

This No 1 drawing is the start of my drawing with the basic lines and some detail in the drawing on the right hand size.


Exercise 2 Angular Perspective No 2

Not sure that all the perspective is right in the drawing with the windows but do feel that it does give a overall impression of what the building was like and the tones of the stone work on the building.


Exercise 2 Angular Perspective No 3

This second drawing I did in a 0.3mm black pen on a sketch up paper using lines some tone s using the lines. I do like ink drawing but think that the drawing in the pencil gives more of the tonal values of the buildings. Could have put more depth in the pen drawing on the paving if added more detailed.


Exercise 2 Photograph Madrid Spain

Exercise 3 Aerial or Atmospheric Perspective 

This exercise is about tonal gradation in my first sketch used a black smooth sketching pencil Daler Rowney found the sky hard to create but managed to get the image right which was a photograph that I love taken at the roof of Christ Church University in Canterbury ( at my daughters graduation after her PGCE teaching degree 2012) Just like the strong image of the structure along with the trees tops. The front section is the roof of the building along with the figures standing by the monument is striking.


Exercise 3 Aerial or Atmospheric Perspective No 1


Exercise 3 Aerial or Atmospheric Perspective No 2 Detail


Exercise 3 Aerial or Atmospheric No 3

In the second drawing I  used a 0.3mm black pen on some sketch up paper the finer details of the misty background not so easy to get by using the pen work better with the smooth black pencil. Also not easy to show the the sky in the pen drawing but like the monument  in the black ink. Overall I like my drawing in the black smooth pencil to create the more atmospheric background which I feel that this is what this exercise required. But felt it worth doing a pen drawing as well to compare the effects of the drawing.