The process for this drawing was quite typical, and I took a good few weeks to work on it a few hours a day in manageable chunks. I started off in pencil outlining the basic forms, and then begun the basic shading, just in pencil. Once I knew everything was accurate and in place, I started to add colour, using used coloured pencils primarily, but also sharpies and pro-art markers within the spines of my books. I worked from inside out, starting with the bookcases, and very last thing I did was the view through the window.
I made an effort to keep focusing on six particular aspects.
- Composition and Context
- I really feel like I have an effective and balanced composition, two bookcases framing a window neatly following the rule of thirds. Multiple, geometric, rectangle and square shapes fit neatly within the page to form a visually interesting, dynamic page. I also mentioned earlier in this previous blogpost my reasoning’s behind my subject matter.
- I used a variety of materials, including coloured pencil, pro-art markers, a range of HB-B pencils, and biro pen, with hopefully a very good level of skill. Although I didn’t use a complete range of mixed media I’m still really pleased with the fact I didn’t just use coloured pencil, as I believe it could’ve been a lot more boring and flat otherwise. Occasionally, I tried to create some depth within my books by outlining them in black, but sometimes found that just
- I really love the idea of rainbow organised bookshelves, and so slowly created a gradient, some having block colours, some merging two colours together, such as yellow and orange. Outside the window love the variety of greens spread out which I think works really successfully, and I initially considered putting hints of oranges and blues as flowers, but didn’t want it to be too overwhelming especially as I have a lot of small details in this entire image.
- One part of my drawing I am not incredibly pleased with is the form of the bookcases. I didn’t take the time to look at the shelves and draw the books set back, with perspective and full shading like I took the time to in one of my preliminary sketches, so it’s not quite as accurate as I would have liked. I also don’t particularly like the way the entire bookshelf, and the books just cut off at the bottom of the page, it might have worked better drawing the actual bottom of the shelves or cutting off the books halfway. However, the form of my windows are correct, and I’m pleased with how they turned out.
- Mark-making and contrasts of line and tone
- The most intense mark making within this drawing is shown outside the window, in the garden, and I made a conscious effort to be free and loose and simply gesture at the hints of grass and leaves, which I think is so successful. Inside the room, there’s a very regimented, neat set of lines and boarders, so as result there isn’t a huge intense feeling of emotion or feeling within, besides a calm serenity.
- I relied heavily on traditional B pencils to create tone within this image, for example within the bookshelves, and on the panes of the window are the most obvious. I also initially coloured the back wall in a baby pink, then realised there was a lower level of lighter pink beneath so used my pencil to deepen the shade as well.
- This element is definitely more prominent in my preliminary sketches but is one of my weaker points I need to improve on. I often need pushing to get out my comfort zone and try new things. I really tried to use materials I hadn’t before, unique composition ideas that I wouldn’t initially consider, but I could definitely have been
The assessment criteria:
Demonstration of technical and visual skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills.
In general, choosing compositions come very naturally to me. I regularly experiment with sketches of multiple viewpoints and try to choose the strongest, most visually dynamic and pleasing result. I have experimented with a vast array of mixed media in this section and in some of my artwork I have absolutely loved the result. I have the strongest skill in black and white pencil drawings and full mixed media pieces. I definitely have so many more materials which I’m not quite so proficient in, especially more permanent products for example ink or markers, which I love the result of but ends up a messy splodge, but I have slowly been pushing myself outside my comfort zone. My observational skills are mostly proven in sketchbook studies and my visual awareness has come on in leaps and bounds since starting this course.
Quality of outcome – content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner with discernment (good judgement).
I believe I choose very strong, personal content. As described in a previous post, having a long term chronic illness I am not able to leave my house regularly, and once I don’t have to follow particular exercises I will absolutely represent my personal life so much more personally and hardhitting within my artwork, but for the moment I am just hinting at it whilst still subjected to guidelines and learning the basic skills. I regularly refer back to lessons learnt in the past, collating all this knowledge into every piece I create and hopefully improving each and every time. I have yet to create something either I wasn’t very proud of, didn’t learn a huge lesson from.
Demonstration of creativity – Imagination, interpretation, invention, personal voice.
I feel like I’m slowly beginning to show and develop my personal voice in all my work. I’m finding particular subjects and colours I’m drawn to, unique to my tastes, and although my art style hasn’t quite been developed yet, I realise I’m still at the beginning of my journey and still have so much more to explore yet. I definitely show more creativity within my sketchbook, but I do believe imagination is one of my weakest points, I can easily learn skills and techniques but struggle to be brave enough to put unique visions out there. Not worrying about mistakes or people judging me for imperfect art has been a big hurdle I’ve started to overcome recently. I hope confidence will come as my talent develops too.
Context – reflection, research, learning log.
This is a huge part of my learning process that I find so incredibly vital. I learn so much more from reflecting on my work, especially writing down what I learnt and what I could have improved on. I put a lot of time into writing and analyzing in as much depth as possible the work I do. It makes me think, focus on what didn’t go well, and appreciate what did go well so I can repeat it in the future. I find it so useful to print out and look through what I’ve written every so often, just so it’s constantly fresh in my mind. My research could definitely be a lot more in depth and intricate, but I make a huge effort to explore what the brief asks us, and I really enjoy putting creative pages together documenting my written work.