Using Markers or dip pens
From my work in a previous exercise using man-made objects I have learned that some variation in the heights of the objects gives more interest and this was born out by a friend’s remark, when he said he preferred the second sketch of the tomatoes, not only because of the plant for itself, but also because the plant drifts off the composition, and adds some height.
I was then thoughtful about the need for some more variety in form and so added the pepper for the final composition.
I decided to use fibre-tip pens to make the final drawing, even though I am not keen on the effect. I was restricted to pens of a narrow width, as I have not yet invested in wider ones, and am reluctant to do so when I do not like them.
The painting above was in the Summer Exhibition. I was struck by the similarity in subject with my drawing, but the composition is very different. The concentric circles on the blue plate which overspills the picture plane enclose the subject tightly. In my composition the “drift” of the plants out of the composition and the failure to enclose the work within a picture plane weakens the composition.