I started out on this exercise by drawing the 3 different vegetables with the coloured pencil. I then did a thumbnail of each and I tried to focus on the overall shapes (this was really hard for the spring onion on such a small scale - the pepper was easier). I found it an interesting exercise to focus on the facets and planes that make up the surface. The onion and spring onion were fairly boring circles but the pepper had lots of planes and angles to draw. I found it useful to think of it like that and I'll try to use that trick in other drawings.
I had a few goes at using water with the pencils but I wasn't very pleased with the result so I stopped. I just seemed to lose the detail and it became messy.
I tried a few changes in the composition and decided to try a close in view by cropping it quite closely.
I'm pleased with this drawing, especially the composition. If it had been placed further away and surrounded by empty paper, it would have been boring. This close up seems more dramatic and interesting. Possibly the pepper might have created a more interesting shape if the stalk was pointing down and to the right and as usual I should have included the background.
Drawing Fruit with Marker and or Dip Pens
Using marker pens for a drawing seemed a bit daunting at first but it wasn't as bad as I thought. Firstly, it's nice and quick which is always a good point in my book! Next, it gives a bold, bright drawing which stands out.
|A4 Faber Castell felt pens|
Drawing Fruit and Vegetables in Oil Pastel
This exercise was self explanatory. Oil pastels are not my favourite basically because of my inexperience with them.
I started out by working out a couple of compositions in my sketch book. I was going to make a stir fry that night so decided to use the ingredients. I started off including the wok but I took it out because I though that would be too complicated.
|Oil pastel A3|
Check and Log
1. Your composition should occupy most of the paper's surface, how much negative space do you have left?
My first 2 drawings are quite cropped and thus the ratio of negative space to positive is even and I think ok. The 3rd one however has far too much negative space in the top left corner and also along the right side. Another object behind the existing ones would help this and it could have been cropped on the right.
2. What have you learned from drawing the details of fruit and vegetables?
I have learnt in this section mostly about cropping and I much prefer a zoomed-in composition. I also will be using the idea of concentrating on the shapes and planes of an object. Fruit and vegetables often have quite smooth surfaces so you have to be able to depict the reflected light. I was quite pleased with the pencils in the first drawing although I did find that this media takes a long time to cover the paper and develop darker tones.
3. What did you find most challenging about this section of the course?
I found using the oil pastels and markers the most challenging aspect. I was forced to use media that I wouldn't use by choice which has been very informative and interesting if not totally successful. As I said above, I think these media can create great effects if you know the little tips and tricks of how to use them which I don't...yet.