Part 2 Project 6 Exercise 5 Mixed media

I have done a number of different attempts at this exercise as I felt I hadn’t really explored the media and the compositions and subjects fully.

I am still hopeless at perspective and in spite of reading the book as advised, still don’t seem to be able to get it. I know this is going to dog me for a long time.

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Biro and watercolour
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Pastels, biro and fibre tip pens
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Pastels and fibre tip pens
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Pastels, soft and hard, gouache.

I am quite happy with the last example, both as a composition and because I think the tones and colours are effective.

Part 2 Project 6 Exercise 4 Line and wash

Line and wash

I didn’t really understand the instructions for this exercise, but was advised by other students by email.

I did a continuous line drawing of some objects on a window sill. Not sure if this was what was required, but used pencil, charcoal, conte pencils, ink pens.

Then I stood in my bedroom door and drew with charcoal, adding ink mainly with a stick or brush. The result is very loose, suiting the appearance of the room which looks as if a bomb has hit it (as my mother would say).

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Exercise 4 Line and wash. Charcoal and ink.

Later, I found a drawing by James Boswell (1949) Man in an Interior, which I copied in my sketchbook. It is a simple line drawing with a very small addition of red and terracotta watercolour wash. It is very effective in its simplicity.

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/boswell-man-in-an-interior-t02254

The perspective is not accurate. The table top and shelves are too flat, and there is little depth, but I like this inaccuracy, as I feel it is echoed by the roughness of the seated man, half off the page, with his cigarette between his fingers.

Part 2 Project 6 Exercise 3 Tonal study

Initially I misunderstood the whole build-up to this exercise. It was not until I looked at the blog of anothet student that I realised my mistakes.

To start with, I wasn’t clear whether this study was supposed to be in monochrome, so I opted to use hard pastels. The result is not much good even though it took me ages. The pastels haven’t covered the paper very well. I think the perspective in this drawing is improved, however.

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Exercise 3 Tonal study in colour

Then, on reflection, after some time, I went back to the exercise, and made a monochrome drawing of the interior view from Exercise 2.

I think it gives a fair impression of depth and tone and I was helped by the lead-in exercises.

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Tonal drawing of interior using Conte crayon.

Part 2 Project 6. At home.Exercises 1 and 2

Quick sketches around the house.

I have some paintings by my Great Uncle, Denbigh Hilton, who was a lovely, gentle Unitarian priest, and a couple by my paternal Grandfather, Colin Hilton who was an embittered man who was forced by circumstances to work for years as a clerk when he wanted to paint. In spite of this, he produced many paintings, pastels and watercolours, which are still hanging in the home I grew up in.

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Uncle Denbigh’s Front Room. Denbigh Hilton c 1940 – 50
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Grandma Kirkham in the Kitchen Denbigh Hilton c 1940
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Interior of Alpine Cafe. Colin Hilton c 1950

The sketching around the house was frustrating, and some was done in my father’s home where I grew up. I find perspective very difficult still. The results below are also in my sketchbook, along with others.

Quick sketch around house
Quick sketch around house
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Quick sketch around the house
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Quick sketch around the house
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Quick sketch around the house
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Quick sketch around the house
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Quick sketch around the house
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Quick sketch around the house
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Quick sketch around the house

None of these drawings were “fast”. I am too inexperienced still to do much quickly. the last plate was the quickest and is the most careless. By this time I was fed up.

 

Exercise 2

This took me a great deal of effort, making sketches some of which were woefully out of proportion and perspective.

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Sketch with table and armchair out of proportion.

I tried to draw someobjects on the table. but again made mistakes with the proportions

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Objects on table.

I tried various views and compositions.

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Portrait view from standing
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Portrait view sitting closer
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Objects on table too large, sofa too small.
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Standing. Objects better proprtioned

I finally did a fine line drawing sitting on the floor, which was better, but took me a very long time.

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Fine line drawing sitting on floor. A2 size approx.