Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Mark Marking Exercises

I experimented with different ways of holding pens and pencils.
Whilst holding them at the end I was able to do long sweeping marks as they lightly touched the paper. The closer to the nib I held the pen or pencil the more control I had over the pressure on the paper which in turn allows control of shade and smaller more accurate markings.
Pencils are very adaptable and suit most mark marking. They are easily erased and can be very light, dark or shaded, used to make sharp lines, blended or cross hatched.
Pens and drawing pens make bold marking and cross hatch shading. Italic pens are difficult to keep the marks the same across the page, as was the dip pen and ink and calligraphy nib. The drawing nibs were a little easier to use but my home made dip pen made from elder was almost imposable to keep the ink marks even.

Pencils give a softer feel than most other media I used. Random cycles in both pen and pencil gave a floating feeling whilst squiggles in pen gave an erratic feeling to any mark used with them. Cross hatch with marker pen feels almost like there is a barrier between the viewer and the paper.

Colour adds drama, blue flowing water, rich flowers or growing trees and grass. Pastels and conte crayons can give the same dramatic rich colour but also can have a softer hue. They seemed to be more suitable to thicker lines or blocks of colour.

I found the most enjoyment from experimenting with charcoal but it was also the most frustrating media due to the mess it can make. The slightest touch can leave smudges.

The high contrast between bold lines and soft blended shadows makes charcoal suitable for most uses but are very effective with portrait or figure drawing.
Compressed charcoal was the easier to use whilst I enjoyed using the willow more. Both filled the page quickly with shading.

The use of a putty rubber was quite amazing giving strong highlights or bold negative shapes.

Vincent Van Gogh

He was a Dutch post-impressionist painter born in 1853 who died in 1890 aged 37.
Mental illness troubled Van Gogh and may have contributed to him cutting off his right ear and committing suicide with a shot gun.
Fame did not come until after his death, leaving behind around 2,000 pieces of art work consisting of paintings, drawing and sketches.

Fame did not come until after his death, leaving behind around 2,000 pieces of art work consisting of paintings, drawing and sketches.

Van Gogh was largely self-taught using bright colours and large brush marks in his paintings.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

OCA Drawing 1

I found art when my youngest daughter took art as one of her GCSE subjects. I began using pencils to copy other works from books that I had purchased finding that I was able to reproduce drawings that actually looked similar to the object in question.
The techniques I have used in drawing to date have been limited and I’m hoping to gain insight into new mediums and to find a style I’m confident with.
I have completed a short photography course with Open University this year and achieved a pass with 74%. (Sure I could have done better!)
I've almost finished a home study course on painting and drawing with The London College of Arts, then discovered OCA at Art in Action in July and applied to study for a degree in October 2010.
Working full-time, I will be studying around my commitments and hope to be able to complete the required work on the Drawing 1, 3 levels of painting and 3 levels of photography necessary to graduate.
I’ve spent a lot of time looking art the OCA web site, blogs and reading about learning logs and feel ready to start learning!!