Part 2 Project 1 Exercise 2 Compositional studies of natural objects

Compositional studies of natural objects.

Natural objects appeal to me more than man-made, partly because it is easier to cover up mistakes! Artistic license!

Sketches of natural objects in different arrangements:

Seeds and feathers. Ink, stick and ink wash.
Seeds and feathers. Ink, stick and ink wash.
Seeds and feathers. ink and stick.
Seeds and feathers. ink and stick.
Hypericum berries and feathers. Ink and stick and ink wash.
Hypericum berries and feathers. Ink and stick and ink wash.

 

Next, I wanted to try using coloured pencils so this choice of medium influenced my choice of subject. I thought I needed to choose objects with subtle colours and soft lines, and I was learning about the medium as I went along. The result is rather “quiet”, and could be said to lack confidence, but for a first attempt at a “serious” drawing using coloured pencils, I’m quite pleased with it. (I haven’t used coloured pencils since I was a child colouring maps of Africa for geography lessons.)

This oil pastel by Buhler 2012 “Onions”, was the work which inspired me.

http://www.bridgemaneducation.com/ImageView.aspx?result=0&balid=869416

I placed the objects on a paper napkin, mainly to provide some unity and colour contrast, but I have not captured the intensity of the colour which was a brighter apple green. I did not want the background to dominate the composition.

Thumbnail of onions
Thumbnail of onions
Onions and garlic
Onions and garlic

It is easier for me to represent natural objects as their shapes are more forgiving (see above), but I think man made objects reflect light more and therefore it is easier to portray 3D.

The man-made objects I drew were more solid that the vegetables above. This was shown partly by the choice of medium I used and the paper support. The line making was firmer and denser. The lines in the much softer drawing above were lighter in pressure and the overall tone of the piece is softer.

Overlaping objects helps to give the appearance of depth. The use of a soft napkin beneath the vegetables reinforces the light touch. A firmer more solid base detracted from this.