Preliminary shape work for
A3 dip pen and ink composition I think the pewter pot in the foreground needs a bit more working in to give it the same weight as the round pot on the books. Perspective seems to be correct and while there is no reference to a background, I think the height on the candle draws your eye down through the negative space to the objects below.
I enjoy playing with the background to images at the moment, they really can add to the depth and feel of a piece. so the above Conte on old print works for me because of the added gravitas on the aged pages. I haven’t yet worked out how to get that crisp line I like and can get with Derwent pastel pencils, (or can rub along with unisons) with Contes, so I’m not totally happy with the slightly un-crisp glassware on the right. However, the composition works. The elements are recognisably 3 dimensional and the shadows created as the light bounces around one item hidden from another, feel believable. I can see the weight of the jug adding to the bowl and sitting on the 2 books below. I admit I don’t really think about light as I’m creating, it really is a process of intense focus, then sitting back slightly surprised at how well its worked out. So I’m really happy with the way curve on the wooden bowl has come out.
Sketchbook work, gel pen on tissue, I really like the first of the two sketches, the tight composion leads in an s shape to the fallen bottle at the front. It could have done with being larger, but the shadows under ground it and the pink isn’t an unappealing negative space. The green didn’t work, the gunmetal metallic grey pen I started with ran out of ink part way through so I moved on to a silver that acted as a highlight. But only when you move the picture into a certain direction.
This set up was the remains of dinner, so is the most honest still life so far…
Then we have this dip pen and ink A3 number, which I can’t say I’m too keen on. the cat turned up and sat right behind it buggering up the light and shadows, She didn’t settle in one position for a while, so I couldn’t really add her in to the picture.
Its not worked in enough with the shadows, the relationships between the objects suffer as a result. As accurate as it is, its a fail for me.
Exercise 1 finishes with an A2 in 2B
4 individual perfume bottles resting on a scarf that is half chiffon and half braided lace in a pale colour. I am happy with the layout, perspective, light and shine to objects, I have included the contents and the shadows both through the bottles and beneath them, to reveal the liquid contents, while anchoring them to the scarf. They fill the paper well and the added scarf helps to link them to each other as do the reflections of the bottles and the shadows of them.
I believe I have exhibited a confidence in the medium and my ability to manipulate it, helping me to make calm sensitive expressive marks. I am happy with this picture.
handbag book this week