Part 2 Project 3 Exercise 3 Detail and tone

Detail and tone.

This exercise was difficult for me. I was not sure about my choice of subject. In observing natural objects and sketching things such as burrs, seeds and leaves with texture, in my sketch book, I became stuck with the idea of trying to capture downy and prickly surfaces. I selected a large blown out artichoke head which I found last summer and had kept since.

I am not very pleased with the drawing, either from a compositional standpoint or as a tonal study. It was difficult to make marks which give a sense of the tactile nature of the plant. I introduced some other objects (against the brief) in an attempt to add some depth, but this was not successful. There is a tentative feel to the drawing which took me several hours.

I then attempted a simpler object, a shell, but again I am not happy. I was nervous about filling the whole of an A3 page, and my drawing is rather marooned in the space and lacks any character. I was not particularly fond of the subject and was feeling dejected following my previous effort and I think this lack of enthusiasm shows in the drawing.

Part 2 Project 3 Exercise 3 Artichoke Head
Part 2 Project 3 Exercise 3 Artichoke Head
Part 2 Project 3 Exercise 3 Shell
Part 2 Project 3 Exercise 3 Shell

 

I have seen a number of very detailed drawings which brilliantly demonstrate the use of pencil to produce tonal effects. Below are two very different examples.

Work from Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015
Work from Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015
Etching Annual Exhibition of Painter-printmakers 2015
Photo of Etching Annual Exhibition of Painter-printmakers 2015