Part 1: Seated Model in Chair
- I started off by sticking sheets of lined paper on a thinner A1 page, in order to strengthen it. I then pained over with a thin layer of gesso to mute the harsh lines.
- I really tried to get the curve of the spine accurate.
- The foreshortening of the thighs whilst shes sitting is something I’ve drawn repeatedly over time and have become a lot more comfortable with, so am pleased with how the muscle sits and the length of the leg, it really looks like shes sitting.
- This is my least favourite of my assignment pieces.
- I tried really hard with the foreshortening of the foot but could definitely have done with more practice in order to more accurately depict them.
- When I receive this back I will firstly try to ground the stool she sits on, and then add a whole load of mid tone shading all over. I will then use a putty eraser to bring out highlights, such as on the knee and top of the thighs and breasts, and a darker pencil within the creases and shadows. It feels like I stopped working on it too early and just needs to be drawn on more. I could have made the darkest contrasts a lot stronger, and used white paint around the figure to draw your attention to her.
- The right arm looks very large and out of proportion, it needs to be tightened up.
- I started drawing in the facial features but ended up with a rather scary looking unnatural face, so I erased it and blanked it out using white paint.
Part 2: Reclining Model
- This drawing is incredibly dramatic. There is accurate foreshortening, with a larger bum and a smaller head. I drew guideline circles in order to get the shapes within her body regular and even.
- The protruding ribcage makes it appear as if she is breathing in, and works accurately with the arch of her back to give her life .
- I’m glad I kept it in black and white pencil, I think the simplicity enhances it. If I had used colour I believe the intensity would have been lost.
- I made the decision to make her look as if she was kicking her legs and moving them about, to give the piece some movement and life.
- Something that doesn’t quite look right is the breast that is furthest away, it sits just a little too high and perky, and so to look more natural I think it would need to be even less visible, and much lower down on her chest. When laying down, boobs naturally roll out almost towards the armpits, which is what I need to remember.
- I struggled a little with the hair, and trying to make it not look unnaturally like a troll. I could have used a little bit of artistic license perhaps and spread it out behind her perhaps.
Part 3: Self Portrait
- I used acrylic paint for this final piece. I started off with a very light pencil drawing so that I could be confident that the facial features were all proportionally accurate. I used my pencil lightly, holding it loosely and marking areas of shadow rather than harsh outlines. I then quickly painted in the background, and decided on using yellow after consciously thinking of which complimentary colour would go well with the pink skin tones.
- I began mixing the lightest skin tones, and made an effort to spend more time looking at myself in the mirror than at the paper. Instead of looking at my face as a person, I looked at my face as a map of highlights and shadows, and slowly began painting those areas in. I used a smaller brush eventually for the more detailed areas such as the eyes and nose, and used darker colours as time went on. Eventually what emerged was an incredibly accurate representation of my face.
- I am so pleased with my tonal range and colour choices within this painting, from the more purple toned dark shadows under and around my eyes, to the highlight on my nose and cheekbones. It strongly suggests the bone structure under my face, and I found it so much easier to depict with paints instead of pencil.
- I painted in my shirt using quick marks and a thick brush.
- The lower lip looks as if it almost has a harsh lipliner on.
- I also wanted a hint of a smile on my face, I’m not an incredibly moody person usually but my mouth in this painting ended up looking deadpan and emotionless.
- I could have used a lighter tone and a smaller brush to get more detail in my hair, but as I was primarily using the sun as a light source, it would constantly move and wasn’t particularly dramatic either. There could also do with being a more obvious parting, I could have used the skin tone colour to blend it out subtly.
Demonstration of technical and visual skills – materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills.
I have definitely branched out in my used of materials, including skillfully using paint, coloured pencils and charcoal but I think I could definitely have pushed myself even more to use things like ink or pastel. I found myself simply using HB-8B pencils time and time again as I felt the most confident with them. My observational skills have improved incredibly since working on the face and body, I now make such an effort to draw using shading and shadows rather than outlines, and my compositional skills are instinctive and natural, I am more able to place items comfortably on a page.
Quality of outcome – content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner with discernment (good judgement).
I have shown application of knowledge of the structure of the face in my very last assignment painting especially. I have grown massively since my very first sketch of my sister, constantly pushing myself to try new things and leave my comfort zone. I drew from life, from photos, family members I knew well and strangers I knew nothing about. I feel like my ability to draw a female nude grew and became sophisticated and anatomically accurate. Something I would like to continue working with and become more comfortable with drawing is the male body. I would also like to become more confident drawing clothed figures as well, depicting those small creases of fabric within a larger drawing.
Demonstration of creativity – Imagination, interpretation, invention, personal voice.
I can slowly see some personal style emerging through some interesting drawings, especially with the second part 2 of this assignment, I pushed the simplistic live model to make it more dramatic and interesting. I did find it difficult to be completely imaginative when trying to accurately depict figures at the beginning, I found myself trying not to make anything appear too stylised so that I could be sure everything was accurately in proportion first. Now that I have some basic foundations, I could definitely try to add even more creativity and risk taking within my art now.
Context – reflection, research, learning log.
I could spend a lot more time going through my learning log and completing all of the of the to dos and tasks I have written throughout. I’m constantly updating this full of details of what I learn on a daily basis, however sometimes my reflection can appear very superficial since I don’t always get round immediately to adjusting little things, such as erasing a mark or moving the position of something. The research is one of my favourite elements of this course, I believe that it has become incredibly detailed and thorough as time has gone on. Each essay is bursting with inspiration and information that I can use, however I could definitely create more sketchbook trials in the style of other artists, it would be fun and experimental. I reference carefully, but could definitely try to use books and the library more as my sources can be very heavily internet based.