Sketch Book Ideas
In my sketch book I did some thumbnail sketches of some tulips that I had brought putting them into a bright pink vase, I felt that sketch 6 work with the two larger flower images and I had toned in the background in grey, creating a more abstract form of image on the paper. So with this idea I worked this onto a A3 size paper with this I used three maker colours and layered black and white ink onto the image, I decided that the image would look better left with a white back ground of the paper.
Using markers & dip pens
Using markers or dip pens
Below images as I had produced two drawings of the same image as was unsure that my first image looked right I then did a second drawing of the same tulips
Using markers and dip pens Tulips Working Progress
Using markers and dip pens
Tulip- photo test colours
Above looked at the tulip and on paper did some test colours with marker pens.
Using marker pens and dip pens Tulips
Using markers and dip pens Tulips –
When using the markers there is no chance of changing any of the colour you put down like pencil colour crayons you can at least amend the lines and marks you make. I have included some of my working progress drawings that shows how I firstly started with the image with the marker pens then follow up with the use of inks over the marker pens, this created both texture and depth to the image. Having not used marker pens much it was interesting to use them even if I only used some limited colours, I did however feel that I needed the ink to create more depth in the image without this the image would be rather flat. I do think if I had filled a whole page with one large tulip flower it would have worked well to create a more abstract drawing. The fact that that any mark that is made can restrict what you do needed to be bold putting the marks down on the paper, using the whole hand and arm movement to create the image.
Assessment criteria points
Demonstration of technical and visual skills- materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills.
In my assignment I decided to use marker pens and inks this media have not used that much so felt it would be good to create the drawing of the tulips in marker pen as the colour and smooth finish shows off the petals. I tried to get a good composition by making the flowers fill the page but left the background white of the paper. I used ink to create depth in the colour by using both brush and pen. With the marker pen large sweeping movements with the hand to create the petals. The image drawn out with the marker pen did not do a outline drawing in pencil first.
Quality of outcome- content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment,conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas.
I feel I have worked in a coherent manner all work labeled and items references to exercises.I put ideas in my sketch book and write up notes in my note book on all the exercises completed. Tried to free up my style by trying media that I would not normally work in. Ideas on the assignment with some thumb nail sketches and photos of the tulip flowers.
Demonstration of creativity- imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice.
The use of different materials to create the drawing, looking at the subject and trying to work the best materials to create the image of paper. Feel that I have tried to create my own final piece without over working. Maybe the background of the image needs to be worked on but felt that I like the white background. Did lots of small sketches before working on the final assignment. I have included some photographs that I have taken which looking at textures and in the winter were the frost on the leaves. Try to put some of these on my blog for my own reference.
Context reflection- research, critical thinking.
I have tried to reflect on the process of my drawing, research done as required. Tried to look at the research and use that in the work completed in some of the exercises. I feel I may need to be looking at the critical think more.
Formative feedback 30/4/17
Thank you for the care taken editing,selecting and organising your portfolio. I will comment upon specific aspects under the headings. In relation to you reflecting on feedback at Assignment 1 : there is evidence of you acting on some of the Research and Pointers suggested. I think you’d benefit from revising those I’ve marked(**).
I have noted that I need to address the areas as indicated and will be updating as required.
Where you have acted upon the feedback it has helped you think about and try a variety of compositional approaches. You have explored cropping-into view, in order to place larger scale elements within the picture frame . ( see No 1 & 2 drawings).
In relation to your critical thinking- you make brief comments on ‘why you do’, you benefit from deeper reflection, analysis and recording. In addition to the tasks and outcomes set within the exercises, projects and assignment; ask your self what you wish to explore and achieve in your drawings. Considered the visual qualities of tone, line and mark- making, also the ideas and content you may wish to communicate.
I do note that I need adding a more in depth analyse on my drawings and sketches.
Utilising a range of wet and dry media to experiment with line and mark-making qualities. I would encourage you to analyse which media and material qualities you might use for further projects and assignments. Ask how you would select the ‘appropriate’ media and tools to convey particular textures, tonal values and content.
You have attempted to use bold colours and to loosen- up your exploration of gesture and mark-making. You are considering how you use your body, as you draw and how this affects, the flow and quality of mark and line. Continue to build upon this awareness as you progress.
Bring more of this developing awareness to your observational drawings. Spend time looking at and making notes on what you see i.e.: Still- life + a collection of objects within space/Life drawing= figure within space. The qualities of tonal values in the background and space between objects, could be explored more.
In a few drawings you are starting to place you objects within a spatial context ( in the foreground). The pieces of natural forms ( No 1 & 2 )convey shadows beneath, yet you don’t seem to perceive/ convey the space in the background.
In No 1 & 2 there is a sense that you are noticing the texture of natural forms. Taking your time to look and translate texture through a range of line and mark- making qualities. Bring this same focus and awareness to observing the conveying positive/negative space, and what you term the ‘background’.
Assignment 2 Assessment potential
” I understand you aim is to go for he 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 Asdisors to discuss this further.
Feedback on Assignment
Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity
You have made six small, quick thumbnails to explore composition. This informed your choice of abstract , bold forms.
Having focussed upon the head and leaves of the tulips, you didn’t take into consideration the negative space or background of the still life. It looks like you aren’t spending enough time observing and drawing from life. This means you have to “make things up” , when translating the negative space, background and foreground through drawing. I recommend doing some exercises where you just focus on the negative space during observational drawing.( see Pointers).
I was aware I was not happy with my final piece for assignment and did feel that it either needed to further work on and that I had not worked in the background. I had said that I would rework my assignment in a letter to my tutor.
In drawing 1 & 2 there is a confidence in experimentation and focus in your choice and use of media. This you seemed to have forgotten in the assignment piece. What can you learn from these drawings to inform your assignment drawing.
I did feel I had lost myself in the final assignment piece and sometimes need to plan things for time scale of work to be completed.
I can see that you tried to explore a bold composition and sense of colour. This could have been better realised through more preparatory work. It feels as though the assignment outcome and the process of development was rushed. Plan your time to allow you to fully explore lots of observational drawings to inform how you lookout analyse and experiment- before making final choice of composition, media and format etc.
In your choice of objects, what were you drawn to and what were you wanting to explore and convey? Are colour, shape, form, tone,texture or any content/ ideas of interest to you ? ( see Pointers)
Need to add these details into my blog.
Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity
It would benefit your drawing development to explore a range of tonal values to convey a sense of space, depth and qualities of light- shadow. You notice the shadow beneath objects, yet seem to not notice or ignore the space between or in the background. Practice- observing these areas of still-life/figure. Make written and visual notes and use a range of mark- making to convey the space in -between and behind the object/figure. ( see Pointers)
Try and approach your sketchbook as an exploratory space to test out the projects and assignment, without the pressure of making it “right’ . It could be the site for exploration of tonal range, light, shadow, a sense of space and depth.
Need to free up my sketch book do tend to like things neat and right but that is because I have always had to do technical drawings that have to be right in my job as interior design planning drawings and measurements have to be right.
As well as making many small exploring drawing in your sketchbook, it may help you to spend time making some notes on the qualities of marks, line and form of what/ how you are drawing. Spend time looking at and analysing your drawings; comment on what you think works well and not so well… Take these thoughts into your future assignments too develop strengths i.e: use of mark- making and line to convey texture and form.
Need to make these notes in my sketch book as drawing.
Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking ,analysis
A range of research on still life evidencing historical span from C16th with some contemporary references. ( see Pointers)
You must use Harvard referencing consistently far all your research. For example you mention a number of Youtubes videos, player articles and books yet haven’t properly referenced them. Make sure you go back and do this ( see Reading/ Viewing/ Pointers):
Harvard References all my work.
The above link has a number of useful resources for referencing and how to quote academic sources.
You’re not yet relating your research to your drawings and potential development. This will benefit your drawing practice in relation to deepening your ‘critical thinking’ and ‘analysis ( See (**) suggestions made in feedback for assignment 1)
You may it helpful to focus on fewer resources and artists, there is a sense that you have a matter- gun approach. It is sometimes more useful to focus and spend more time looking at analysing and commenting in more depth, than a cursory look/notes. Choose two or three artists to research, look at 2/3 images and analyse them more closely. Spend time looking at others’ work in order to learn more from them. ( see Pointers and Reading and Viewing )
Learning Logs or Blogs/ Critical essays
Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking , analysis
It is useful that you’re using the log as an archive of your drawings, with some still life research. It would really benefit your drawing to use it more regularly , as reflective space. This will help you appreciate and understand the qualities in your drawings and make decisions how to develop your own work.
As at Assignment 1, there’s still a tendency to be brief in your critical analysis when reflecting on your work. commenting on ‘what you did’ rather than on how effective, successful or weak the different elements are. Go back and critically analyse the assignment work (No. 7) and Exercise 3 ( No 6). Refer to the criteria in the tasks i.e. what are you ask to ‘demonstrate ‘? Also refer to the Level 4 Assessment Criteria. Ask how successful/ week ( in what ways and how?) and comment on “why’ you do things, what purpose or content you bring to the drawings. ( see Pointers)
Need to add this to my blog.
Suggested reading / viewing
Follow up these suggestions from Assignment 1 and post analysis to your blog:
(**) Analyse Morandi’s approach to negative/ positive space, tonal values and monochrome palette: How do these create compositional balance. Ask what you can learn from this, to apply to your work.
(**) Analyse Bonnard’s compositional devises, viewpoint perspective and ask how you might apply this to your compositional notes and sketches.
Have now added this to my blog.
Post your notes and ideas on both the above to your blog.
Pointers for next assignment
Reflect critically on this feedback in your leaning log.
Analyse the Kaupelis exercises: Post to your blog, what you learned from the process and how you might apply this to your project and assignment work.
Added these notes to my blog.
Critical thinking: specifically regarding No 6 and No 7 drawings. The work will benefit from the practice of deeper reflection, analysis and recording. Overall this is an area that you need to practice regularly and log on your blog.
Practice observing and drawing from life. Focus on the negative space/ background/foreground. Half close your eyes and look at the range of tonal values and shapes to help you see what is between the objects. Make several small (A5 ) drawings before you start your next assignment piece.
Ask what you have learned from drawings 1 & 2, is there anything you can develop further in the assignment drawing? Post you thoughts to your blog.
Set yourself some simple aims( in addition to the project/ assignment tasks). What are you wanting to achieve in your drawings? What qualities do you admire in others’ work, that you wish to explore in your own and what content, ideas…do you want to communicate to a viewer ? Post these thoughts to your blog.
Re-do the assignment piece:having thought about some simple aims for yourself and having made some observational sketches ( see above two Pointers).
I knew when I sent my assignment that I would need to re work it as was not happy with what I sent but wanted to explore the use of the bold abstract colours.
Well done, I look forward to your next assignment.
Some good positive feed back and will adjust my blog as required.