I've started posting again at my original site, http://www.explorationsintextiles.com and will try to collate posts from other sites back there again, following the change from drupal to wordpress.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
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in this exercise we were to take photos of shapes, colours we liked near home and then make drawings of them. click on the photos below to see larger versions of them
the first is a closeup of the bark from a banana tree. I liked the pattern of the lines and textures — the diagonal lines adjacent to the horizontal lines. I tried drawing this using different media — crayons, copic pens, felt pens, derwent pencils, inktense pencils, artbars, charcoal and pitt artist pens.
the second is another closeup of the banana tree. I like the lines once again and the blending of colours and graduation of lines. I tried to show these in my drawings using crayons, pencils, prismacolour pencils, conte pastels and copic pens
this is a closeup of granite in a wall near my apartment. I like the texture mixed with the lines of the decorative scratches, and the tones of the greys. I tried to show these qualities in my drawings using art graf soluable watercolour graphite, pitt artist pens, posca white pen, pencils and copic pens.
the last photo was taken whilst I was on holidays - it's an interesting rock wall formation showing sharp edged geometric rocks tightly packed together. it was next to a stream (the Tarra River) in southern Victoria. I love the geometric lines and tones of colours in the "V" shaped part of the rock wall.
I tried to replicate the colour tones in watercolour, though I think I overdid them. I added black lines to define the shape of the rocks and provide some shading with pencil.
Rosemary Firth's Sketchbook Development Course
this blog is where I'll post work for Rosemary Firth's Sketchbook Development for Textiles Artists and Art Students course. she runs a few classes which are very thorough and worth doing if you're wanting to improve your sketchbook work and drawing. I am also enrolled in her drawing class.