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.
some paintings from Carla Sonheim’s flower crazy 5 week class. I’m learning a few new techniques for watercolour, gesso, and mixing colours and textures to create “imaginary flowers”.
layers of watercolour lines and pens/markers with some pencil shading
painted imaginary flowers in watercolour with gesso painted over the top
watercolour blobs in 3 colours, with gesso masking off interesting shapes to create flowers. scratched lines and textures in the gesso before it dried
plus one of the “2014 — year of the fairy tale” exercises — this is my “princess and the pea” mixed media painting. it’s gouche, gesso and pens. the paints are applied using a credit card instead of a brush. it leads to a “free-er” line. I liked the gouche — they dried very quickly
I’ve started the “sketchbook now” class to practice more drawing techniques for my sketchbook, and in lesson one we need to do some tests of our materials. I’ve used some from previous class exercises, which I hadn’t added to the blog, so adding them here as part of this class’ notes. the watercolour washes tests were exercises from Fred Lisaius’ class “Fall Watercolours”. I’ll add more tests here as I work on them
these are the watercolours I’m using most often — a mixture of Schmincke and Winsor & Newton pans:
testing different lines & pen textures:
watercolour bead washes:
watercolour wet in wet wash:
watercolour double wet / flood wash with salt added for texture. I used table salt and since the paper was thick, it didn’t work too well
more watercolour washes, on thicker, handmade paper
watercolour pencils (texta zoom brand) and pens to see what they looked like with added water:
I’ve been making dragonscale (reverse smocking) using Michele Carragher’s instructions (she is the game of thrones’ embroiderer). I finally got it to work, after unpicking the first few attempts (& realising I’ve done it on wrong side of the fabric – right side for regular smocking). I’m using this as part of the fabric manipulation topic in assignment 3 work. I’ll use this page to add more details and summarise it (with other samples) on the assignment page later.
notes for the pattern:
first attempt – I had only drawn the dots, not the triangles and became a bit lost, so these two didn’t work out. I unpicked them and started again.
next time, I drew the triangles as a template onto the fabric also. this helped a lot, and I managed to make it correctly this time
the right side of the fabric – this shows the smocking pattern, but the “dragonscale” uses the other side, so I actually made the whole piece on the wrong side of the fabric. oh well. know for next time.
the wrong side of the fabric – showing the dragonscale. I need to iron/press it to flatten it, though I like the puffy pattern also.
some more progress
http://www.ooed.org/learn/understanding-contemporary-art-fall-2014 started this week. very interesting so far – speeding through modern art. use chrome if using ipad, safari is broken
i’m making notes in my workbook. might post photos here. I’ve read you take more in/remember more when handwriting notes than typing. but if i get time i’ll try type them up too so i can search later.
testing some woven eyes for my bees. these have a matte black circular warp threaded into cut fabric (calico in the first test), and shiny black stranded thread for the circular weft, travelling across and around the eye. I used the shiny thread to simulate the shinyness of a bee’s eyes, and woven circles to remind of the multiple cells / lenses of the bees’ eyes.
I learnt this technique from jude hill on her wonderful “considering weave” class / project
the first one didn’t work out as i’d threaded both ways instead of one way only.
but the next sample worked out as I had hoped (seen in my mind) so i was happy about this.
crazy birds is a tutorial from Carla Sonheim. I tried it tonight. it’s a good exercise to help “free up” your drawing and lines. and can be done with kids, as well as adults (kids at heart?)
you start with two pieces of paper. draw circles on one, flower shape / petals on another. cut into quarters and arrange onto the page and draw in the bird shape. use a variety of materials
I think I could try this exercise using fabric also instead of paint
another exercise I learned from one of Carla Sonheim’s classes, is to practice seeing shapes — animals and other things, in the cracks and lines and shadows on the footpath and other places. I think this might be a type of pataphysical drawing exercise too.
collating some of them here — most a “imaginary animals” or “blobimals” as it’s fun to draw them, and they seem to be everywhere once you start looking! it’s like finding animals in the clouds.
some I’ve done:
and some shapes I’ve collected and am yet to draw the “blobimals”:
some are obvious, and others less so..
inspired by jude’s opening post, I started a mind map to begin my “considering weave” class workbook.
I’ve been working on my fabric loom tonight – the invisible basting is done, next up loading the warp & weft. I looked up one of jude’s videos from the hearts class to remind me how to do it – a great resource!