Assignment 2 Tutor Report


Open College of the Arts
Tutor report
Student name Megan Cheetham Student number 514266
Course/Module Drawing skills Assignment number 2


Overall Comments

This is a formidable amount of work. I am very impressed with this second assignment and frankly can find little that needs adjusting. I did persevere however! I have picked upon a few issues- but it wasn’t easy – frankly you have produced drawings of a very high standard. All in all it is an excellent set of exercises.


Assessment potential  


(After Assignments 2 and 4)


Select one of the statements below:

*delete as appropriate


I understand your aim is to go for the Painting/Textiles/Creative Arts*) Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, and providing you commit yourself to the course, I suggest that you are likely to be successful in the assessment.


Of the statements available to me – the above paragraph best suits the standard of your work at this point in the module.

I have no doubt that you are committed- the intensity of your work is evidence of this.

You must not become complacent though. I will pay close attention to your progress and it is for you to keep improving your creativity- technique – at the same pace you have set yourself.

Feedback on assignment


The horse sketches.

You have really studied the horse and experimented with media. The more you seem to work on a project the better the quality of the drawing. This might sound an obvious fact but it is not. Often students over work drawings and it can weaken the final image. The pastille drawing on blue paper could have been developed more. I do realise that some of your drawings do not contribute to your final choice to develop.

Do try and remember to draw only what you see – not what you know. This is a hard concept for some students but you should relate to this guidance immediately.

For instance you have drawn the mane and the tail as you know hair grows because of your previous knowledge of how hair grows. In fact you would  have seen the hair completely differently – not as separate strands – rather more of a mass of textured tone.


I would have liked to have seen more breaking down of  the forms- discovering others – creating more tones of black and white and investigating how the animal is constructed.


The pen drawing of the head of the horse is quite a dramatic rendition – with the three dimensional quality much more expressed.

The pencil drawing with added tonal water color on A1 paper has rather an exaggerated length to the neck. I know that the view you have chosen would have given some foreshortening but perhaps rather too much has been described.

All in all these drawings are well researched – with a variety of poses  and different ways of looking at the horse.


The natural seaside forms.


These found objects have wonderful potential for drawing. Some of your sketches are very subtle with very sensitive marks and textures.

I do feel that an opportunity has been lost with these forms. I know they are only sketches but I think more experimentation and you would have discovered other ways of interpreting the forms other than a purely representative way.

The scale of the objects could have been explored- perhaps enlarging the shell so it cuts into the side of the paper. The same with the star shaped form. The wonderful coral collection of repetitive forms could all have been taken that step away from the predictable formal drawing into more of a pattern – a repetitive pattern perhaps. A larger scale of these forms might have produced a better opportunity for investigation.


I make these suggestions so that you will become more adventurous with your work – be braver to experiment and to leave your comfort zone- to become more confident. Technically you are becoming surer – you observe well.  Perhaps cut up your forms- recreate others using these broken forms to create new shapes and designs.


Experiment more with scale too – don’t be afraid to exaggerate forms- enlarge them so they dominate the paper and are not dominated by the vast expanse of surface surrounding it.


The drawings of the interior of the house.


When you do experimental and investigative drawings- remember to enclose them within a rectangle. This might seem a small point but it does help a lot . You only  use the edges of your paper to isolate these smaller drawings which can be inaccurate. Sketch all small preparatory drawings within a rectangle – in the same proportion as your final drawing.

You are rather apprehensive about the use of a grid. Don’t be- they are very useful when you come to develop your drawing and experiment with composition and division of the paper.

All these indoor sketches are interesting. However I would have liked you to have been more experimental with the shapes of individual objects. Don’t draw what you cannot see.  Break up the lines of the objects – join them together – relate the shapes more – experiment with the view point – explore different options of seeing and be more adventurous.


Line drawings don’t just mean outlines –as you have found out. Be more discriminating about heaviness- lightness of some lines- be aware of stronger  thicker lines as opposed to thin weaker lines .

You have worked a long time on this exercise and investigated different rooms to understand the interior of the house


Still lives.

The drawing with the aubergine again a good example of mixed media. You have started to understand reflected light (The reflection of the orange pepper in the aubergine. I would have liked you to have investigated this type of light more. You have studied color – do put this learning into practise.Objects are made up of many colors – look more – observe more and see the reflected light- the shadow – that is never made up purely of one tone and one colour. Observe more – look more.


The still life with the round wooden platter- various ways of understanding the still life. Again I think that the object could have been enlarged – or alternatively the background space is too empty. The composition is rather straightforward too. Again though the forms are in proportion – again you have expressed the objects in different color and in different ways.


The A1 final drawing with objects from your Grandads shed


You have brought all your skills together to create an adventurous piece of work. You have reduced all the objects to lines and angles that use the paper well and simplify the chaos of the workshop. You have broken up forms and just used parts of equipment – used lettering – included collage and produced an inventive design. You have taken the realistic interpretation a step further and produced a more creative composition- a more creative way of understanding the objects. You have used newspaper to produce texture and to give a robust quality to the forms.

It is a lovely idea to use this as your final drawing. It has inspired many sketches and helped you create one of your best drawings.


The three fish

Again an enterprising vision of the fish. An interesting combination of texture and a sensitive drawing of the fish.

Again though perhaps the sizes of the fish might have been

enlarged in relationship to the rest of the paper.  Were they just black and white fish? – Perhaps more investigation into the color- reflected colors of the fish might have produced a more cohesive finish.


The drawing of the skull

You have used the texture of the paper well – combined with your own drawing. More of your own drawing however would have created a more solid feel to the skull. It is a dramatic image however.





Good sketchbooks. There are some beautiful drawings in your sketchbooks. Good drawings of your grandad’s chaotic shed- drawings of equipment and tools.

An unusual view of the lamp in a room using collage. The upward view of the lampshade brings a fresh vision – a different viewpoint.

Good dissection of half a cabbage on black paper. You have created pattern and given the object a new way of understanding it- that as well as the line drawing of the onion – and the two mixed together – good work


Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

These are good- articulate – detailed and honest. Perhaps more illustrations from the drawings and paintings that you mention might be a good idea. It is wise to contact other students – you then don’t feel so isolated.


Suggested reading/viewing

Have a look at the work of Patrick Caulfield. Look at the line drawings of Henry Moore


Pointers for the next assignment

Do take on board all my suggestions.

I do reinforce the fact that this is a group of drawings and sketches that you should be so pleased with. I do feel that you should be aware of certain issues that would improve your skills i.e. the proportion of the objects to the rest of the paper- reflected light- more intense investigation- changing your viewpoint-making sure that preparatory drawings are enclosed in the same proportion as the final drawing.

I also think you might get too “comfortable “with using pen and line.

Start using pencil more and try conte crayon of different tones and colours.

Keep experimenting as you do. You really are producing interesting work and obviously working hard.

All of my suggestions are well within your grasp. They will widen your ability – your technical skills and your creativity.


The next assignment requires you to investigate the outside world. Do find a variety of venues and make sure that composition works well – with foreground – middle ground and back ground. You will need to make a view finder which will be enormously helpful.

Remember to draw only what you see – not what you know is there.


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