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Assignment 4 Tutor report

Overall Comments

You have taken a good leap forward in this exercise despite the fact that you feel as if it was the most challenging assignment- well- done.

You have completed all that was required of you. Many of your drawings have reached a deeper level of observation. Experimentation is clearly visible – and evidence that you have purposely ignored your comfort zone and voyaged into unknown territory is becoming clear.

I would suggest that you redo one of the exercises – just because I am positive that you can improve on the final drawing that you have submitted.

Assessment potential – After assignment 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.

I do believe that you will be successful if you decide to submit your work for formal assessment.

Good selection of work is of great importance- so do consult the student advice from the OCA on this subject.

Feedback on assignment

You technical skills have progressed well in this assignment. You have explored different mark making.

Exercise 7

This has a vitality and a freedom to it.

Your self- portraits show good understanding of the face. In one you look as if you have a round face – in others you appear to have quite a long face- however it is the positioning of your head I think that makes this noticeable. Perhaps it is the media that you choose which changes your interpretation. You have worked hard on these sketches. You have investigated the structure of the face and searched for                                                        different positions – often quite hard angles. You have broken down the detail of the face and created different shapes.

Exercise 13-

The portrait research sketch has interesting possibilities – you have taken a step away from imitation and taken your investigations into a different way of perceiving the face. I would have liked to have seen the same collage experiments continue throughout the whole drawing so you built up the form using the strips of paper to completion.

Your many sketches and more intense drawings of the male form evidence a persistence which is to be admired. You can capture a pose and you can grasp such elements as balance and proportion.

Exercise 11- A lovely line drawing of the child on a chair.-but maybe a variety to the  type of line might have introduced a more interesting and creative element?—- Do try and be discriminating between strengths of line opposed to areas of the design that is noticeably weaker and therefore requires a softer line.

Exercise 3

There are some very sensitive areas in this image. In this drawing you have succeeded also to give form and a feeling of solidity to the form. There is a tranquil feeling to the pose- and you have taken your observation to a more intense level to achieve this.

Exercise 13

You have produced a very strong portrait. There is real form- real drama to this face. You have included different – very inventive media which works well. There is an understanding of light – reflected light and you have captured the expression well. The addition of different media result in a creative result- a more inventive and adventurous way of seeing.

Exercise 1

  I do feel that you are capable of producing a better result to this exercise. You do need to observe more pictorial issues which will strengthen this exercise. You need to be braver to produce a more creative drawing.

For instance – I do think that using complementary colors and perhaps not using black would have created a richer feel to the composition.  Perhaps enlarging the image would have produced a stronger result too. It would have forced you to consider the relationship of the objects  to the edges of the paper.

You need to study the effect of shadow on your arrangement. You are capable of producing stronger work. Do consider this option of redoing this exercise.

  The three dimensional feel to the fabric is missing- the tones are too few. The shoes do not seem to be part of the image. There would be clear indication of the shapes of the chair underneath the fabric- you would be able to describe the planes – the solid back of the wooden frame would be more apparent. The light would change. There is not enough investigation into the shapes – weight – tones of the folds and how they fall onto the chair and how they follow the shape of the chair.

I do hope that you can see this

The small pencil sketches of folds could also be taken further- perhaps using a 4B pencil might force you to commit yourself to the darker tones? Try and observe the folds as abstract shapes that break the surface of the paper so forcing the viewer to see them differently. Isolating parts of the fabric and enclosing them within a rectangle encourages you to distance yourself from just describing the fabric. You can capitalize on this isolated square to look at the fabric in a different way.

Your technical skills have improved with this exercise but do persist further in applying your craftsmanship to more experimental interpretations- more creative ways of seeing. Keep up what you have already started.

Sketchbooks

You have completed much research into the human form using the still life model. You also have included individual studies of shoes – and explored different parts of the body to a more intense degree.

I wonder if you are still exploring your own personal voice by sketching subject matter not prescribed by the OCA?

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Your writings are again- thorough and honest. Sometimes I am aware of a lack of confidence and a wariness towards some of the work. This will go as your skills improve. You reflect well and analyze your reactions to the work.

You obviously gain much from the   study of other artists which is all to the good.

Your blog is clear – well written and easily accessible.

Suggested reading/viewing –

Do now study the OCA guidelines for the formal submission.  Remember it is not the amount of work that is important – it is the selection that matters.

Have a look at the work of Giacometti- particularly his drawings. Also the drawings of Jose Clemente Orozo- Max Beckman- Degas.

These artist produced strong images by reduction of tones- they produced dramatic drawings by – often just isolating strong light and combined them with strong shadows.  Try and be less tentative about your creativity. Be bolder and more adventurous. Subtlety and delicacy has its place of course- but you must keep experimenting and pushing the boundaries.

Pointers for the next assignment

Do redo the still life with the fabric.

If you intend to take the landscape option then have a look at the work of Edward Hopper- Cezanne and Monet.

Make sure that when you complete the preliminary studies for your final drawing – enclose them within a rectangle that is in the same proportion as the final drawing. In that way your understanding of the reason for the experimentation with composition- balance – harmony is clear and well understood.

The exercise numbers match up to the numbers I ascribed to post the pictures, not actual exercise numbers

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Assignment 3 Tutor Report

 

Open College of the Arts
Tutor report
Student name Megan Cheetham Student number 514266
Course/Module Drawing 1 Assignment number 3

 

Overall Comments

You have worked hard. You have worked from source and evidenced your thought process as you completed each exercise.

Again there are issues that I need to bring to your attention.

I do need to push you on to developing your work further. You have achieved a certain level of ability which must now progress further.

 

Assessment potential  

 

 

 

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, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to succeed at assessment.  In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.    

 

I do think that you will be successful in the formal assessment. However you seem to have arrived at a threshold. You must now take on some additional pictorial issues that should lift your drawing to another level.

 

Feedback on assignment.

 

Cityscapes.

I think that- as you write- you seem to be more at ease drawing on A1 sized paper.  However I worry that perhaps if smaller drawings were completed you could give more time to detail and perhaps carry your drawings further in intensity.

 

You have worked out a good composition and your choice of two colors is quite dramatic. The perspective is sound.

You make very bold initial statements – really strong first impressions- you block out strong large areas of light and dark- a rather sketchy version of shadow- you have an expressionistic way of using media with strength and robust marks. What you need to do is to reach another stage of investigation – go back into the drawings and be more discriminating about detail- smaller areas of the composition- research your subject matter more thoroughly.

 

You reinforce the larger areas instead of finding the smaller areas of tone- of pattern- and of tone.

You are in danger of repeating a stage of generalization which you repeat in each drawing.

 

What you must do is to investigate more- observe more patterns and be more specific about these smaller areas. Use a greater variety of texture- pattern and marks.

 

12 landscape

 

Again- a strong first impression. Again I do think that you could have worked more on the drawings to investigate the shapes more and produce a more creative – more inventive result.

 

I would have thought that studying the walls of the buildings- the surface texture – perhaps- simplifying some shapes – relating others – leaving out such issues as door handles etc. might have produced a stronger – more architectural- structural buildings- a greater symmetry a  stronger design. Perhaps you need to   re – assess what you should include and what you should leave out.

Project 5- limited palette.

Again – a strong initial statement. The black and orange are a dramatic choice of colour.Ii would have liked to have seen   you experiment more with creating different tones  by using one of these colors over the other- by mixing textures etc. .In this way more smaller details could have been included- the window frames- the railings etc. Again there is a generalization.

 

City scapes

 

Again strong chalk marks- a firmness to your response- and you have isolated two very strong shaded areas that balance well. – On the right and on the left. Such a pity – more observation could have tightened these forms- highlighted those forming two rather impressive forms. The lighter areas could also have been worked on to create a greater atmosphere – of extreme light and shade.

 

The John Virtue drawing might have benefited from a smaller sized paper. However again there is a certainty to the buildings. It is a pity that you could not capitalize on your strong first impressions. You do have an accurate eye- a flamboyant expression of the division of the paper – a good eye for balance. Now you must take your drawing to another level of investigation to make them more inventive- creative and less predictable.

 

Project 4

A smaller piece of paper and a more complete image. I know that you like using water color. If you are to continue using this medium then you must try and control it more. The roofs would have clearly been a mass of different tones – the windows also a mass of different tones. Perhaps water color is not the best medium for you to achieve a really solid feeling to the buildings. There should be a better feeling of depth which can be achieved purely by tone. Try not to always draw outlines and fill them in with a wash.

I know that you are not so fond of pastille but you can achieve the same expressive marks- the same bold statements – as well as the more details – and over drawing can produce so many rich colors that will produce solidity.

 

Research point John Virtue

 

Wonderful white windows against black walls on one side- against black forms against white walls on the right hand side- more of an atmosphere because of the less obvious outlines in some parts of the drawing. Could you not have used an eraser to draw back into the sketch to refine your design? I wonder if you have used an eraser to draw back into the design- or have you used a view finder?

 

Project 1

 

I am not sure whether this clump of trees goes upwards or further into the distance.it certainly does not move away from the surface of the paper. Do not just make sketchy marks in the hope they look effective- you must be more accurate- more discriminating. The same with the water colors- just painting over with a wash – using the “effect “of the medium does not work. You need good solid observation- good solid investigation- exploration – do not just be satisfied with the “effect.”

 

Project 3- developing your studies.

Again a good beginning which could have been worked on more to produce a stronger landscape. The trees at the back do not appear as thick structures – with bulk and a three dimensional quality. Do try and create a greater variety of marks – be more discerning with textures- look for more variety of pattern.

 

Project 5- a landscape using line.

A drawing full of potential- – line is not just about outline however – you have seen some of henry Moore’s drawings – especially those of figures in the underground. Again- accurate perspective. Again this drawing could have been continued.

 

I do worry that you might get stuck in the apparent superficial cleverness that certain marks and certain qualities of water color give your work. Avoid falling into this trap – avoid being seduced by this. Concentrate on drawing what you see- not how you did it’d not put technique over content.

I do admire your drawing from source. You sit there and draw the landscape or townscape in front of you.  All this demonstrates your commitment. You have many strengths and a certain facility which reveals a certain easy aptitude to a certain type of drawing.

 

It is important now to approach each project freshly – looking more and giving less attention to how you get there. You do need to elevate your work – get past this stage of learning and move on to more complex pictorial skills- more intensive looking and more creativity.

 

Sketchbooks

You have made some interesting sketches in your book. You need to demonstrate your own personal voice more and complete research other than is demanded of the assignment.

I hope you have a small sketchbook to be used as a visual diary?

 

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Your learning logs are comprehensive. They are honest and sometimes- too self- critical- too harsh. However you have documented your reflections as you work through this third assignment.

You have studied other craftsmen and in your own writing compared and contrasted their work.  

 

Suggested reading/viewing

Have a look at the work of De Chirico- especially his strange landscapes and the work of Magritte as well.

Have a look at the drawings of Andrew Wyeth- look at the simplicity of his landscapes and the power and drama he instills in them. Some of his portraits will also help you in assignment four.

 

Pointers for the next assignment

 

Do try and find a model if possible! – Perhaps your children can stay still for a certain amount of time!

Using your small sketchbook and drawing people in the street etc. would be good practice.

Perhaps a few weeks taking life class lessons would also help in assignment four.

You will be drawing yourself so that will be no problem.

 

Assignment four is a very important assignment. All the issues that I have brought up in this review are – again well with in your grasp. As long as you do not get stuck in that rut of familiarity and can push yourself to produce more intensive- more creative work.

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.

 

 

 

Sketchbooks

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.

 

Assignment 1 Tutor Report

 

Open College of the Arts
Tutor report
Student name Megan Cheetham Student number 514266
Course/Module Drawing Skills Assignment number 1

 

Overall Comments

 

You have completed all that was required of you in this first assignment. In fact you have completed a rich and varied folder of work. Your blog reflects a student of breadth and commitment. I am very impressed with your work and do hope that you can draw confidence and encouragement from my review. As you are aware the first review lets you assess the standard of your work as you begin this new challenge. It also allows you to become familiar with what you should expect from my assessment of your work.

 

You may want to get credit for your hard work and achievements with the OCA by formally submitting your work for assessment at the end of the module. More and more people are taking the idea of lifelong learning seriously by submitting their work for assessment but it is entirely up to you. We are just as keen to support you whether you study for pleasure or to gain qualifications. Please consider whether you want to put your work forward for assessment and let me know your decision when you submit Assignment 2. I can then give you feedback on how well your work meets the assessment requirements.”

 

I do need you to confirm your aim as to the formal assessment.

 

Assessment potential (after Assignment 1)

 

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.

The previous statement best suits my estimation of your work at the moment. Of course there needs adjustments- there are issues that I need to draw to your attention. However if you continue to work with the same intensity- adventurousness and professionalism then I do feel that you will be successful in the assessment.

 

Feedback on assignment

You have presented your work well- it is well organized. As a first assignment it shows a great deal of promise. You are not afraid to experiment – you have obviously worked hard and with a great intensity.

 

The experimental emotional sketches.

You have understood this exercise and produced marks and textures  

 That vary immensely in their expression- even using a screwdriver! You have capitalized on ways of producing aggressive interpretations and produced marks of a gently subdued quality.

 

You do not need to feel that rubbing charcoal is being dishonest. Honesty should be applied only in drawing what you see. How you achieve that is up to you. You need only to draw what you see – Not what you know is there from previous experience. Use your materials how best suit you – there are no rules to this.

 

You obviously are capable of drawing in different scale. You are not afraid to draw with a fine implement or a heavy – clumsier medium.

 

The charcoal drawing with two cups.

The composition is inventive because of the aerial viewpoint and the positioning of the two cups on the white rectangle which is at an angle to the sides of the paper. The drawing is strong and the forms solid.

Look more closely at shadows and light. They are not made up of one tone but merge and flow into different tones. Be aware of edges – some edges are soft whereas other definitions of objects can be intensely sharp.

 

The salt pig drawing

Again the objects are in scale – a massive quality vigorously drawn. These two objects are “floating”- however. The whole of the surface should have been used. The space between the objects is just as important as the objects themselves. There should be some evidence of a background.

I reinforce my observation as to the intensity of your shadows- do look more closely as to their tonal range.

 

The two jugs

The main structure of the jugs are sound. However the detail – such as the feet of the decorative jug is weak. I think that it would be a good idea to study some of your drawings more intensely.   You can be very physical with your sketching – big movements that reflect energy and an initially good first impression. You need to work more and go back into your drawing- altering it – changing it. You can do this easily if you are using tone by erasing mistakes with a putty rubber- or you can use a white chalk – or white cone crayon or white or grey pastille to further create more detail and tone. Do not be afraid to redraw- alter – change your drawing.

 

The charcoal drawing of the shiny teapot and shiny container.

This is an adventurous challenge and I admire your choice of subject matter. I can see how you have broken up the forms to see the reflections – their shapes and how they follow the curve of the forms.

The forms themselves could have been investigated more. The shapes are weaker than the other still lifes. Again a background should have been included and other media could have been used over the black to express degrees of grey. However it is a brave attempt.

 

The drawing of the perfume jars.

The tones off this drawing are all very similar which a shame because it is potentially one of your best drawings. You have searched out texture as a background- you have arranged the bottles well- broken them down to investigate their interiors. However the forms are weak in as far as the perspective on the square bottles is inaccurate – and the round vessels do not read as three dimensional forms. This can be easily corrected if you had worked on the drawing more. I do suggest that when you work in pencil that you acquire other strengths than 2B. Try using 3B 4B and 5B- these will give you added strength and a greater breadth of tonal values. Again though I think it is an adventurous choice of subject matter. I think that you might have sacrificed form in your interest with the details of the reflections. Do watch this aspect of your drawings.

 

Do not worry about your choice of still life. Cezanne devoted virtually all his life to studying apples and he didn’t do badly did he!

 

The large charcoal drawing with keys.

This is a very sensitive drawing and the one I feel that you have worked on the most. Although the division between the height and the width lies parallel to the edges of the paper the composition is fine. There is atmosphere to this drawing and a greater breadth of tone. Although this could have increased providing a more dramatic finish.

 

The experimental drawings on different papers – different textures of papers.

 

I think it is good to experiment and explore different surfaces. So do continue in this research. However do not concentrate too much on the “effects” at the expense of solid – good drawing.

You have experimented with different arrangements of the chosen forms and experimented with different media. This must be nurtured as it is a valuable quality.

 

Sketchbooks.

You are using your sketchbook regularly despite your other commitments and responsibilities which I fully empathize with.

Do keep it up though as regular sketching does improve your craft- it gives your ideas and helps you think visually. Use the sketchbook as a research resource too – collecting textures from magazines- illustrations – collage etc.

You do not need to doubt that you lack a “personal message”- the longer you draw the more likely it will emerge on its own accord!

This “personal voice “- will also be revealed as you continue to sketch -collect pictures –explore and investigate visual forms that are different from the requirements of the assignments. Already a picture is becoming obvious even with this first assignment and it will only increase as you progress.

 

You do need to evidence your thought process as you decide upon your final drawings. First try and draw from source. I know many artists use photos and that is acceptable. But at this stage I would choose the real object to draw in front of you. Photographs have already taken the transition from three dimensions to two dimensions. It is for the student to be creative and learn how to do this.  During this process you will observe much more – be alert to visual issues that might not be picked up in a photograph.

Your preparatory drawings   can be thumbnail drawings in the same proportion as the final drawings. They should be enclosed within a rectangle. Often artists square up this small space which makes it easier not only to draw the forms but let the artist see the spaces in between the objects with a greater clarity. Drawing ellipses – or round objects for example can be completed with greater accuracy when using a grid.  If you do prepare your final drawings in this way then you can give more time to the final design.

 

I did like the line drawings in your sketchbook – the ones that you cross hatched. You did think they were weak- I disagree- only again you should have continued with them.

 

Despite your domestic obligations you continue to be inventive and your ideas are not dulled.  Observing the changes in a still life during different times of the day can reveal interesting changes.  The impressionists -so intent on reflecting light at very specific times did exactly the same with their landscapes!

 

I think the drawing of the child looking up at the table is fascinating – a really clever and ambitious idea.

 

I know it might be frustrating not to have a special studio of your own. Many artists possess marvelous facilities and produce mediocre work. So just carry on as you are doing – you are doing very well. You should be pleased with this first assignment.

 

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

I have read your blog and it makes good reading. You analyze your work clearly – define your progress and write well.

You have included different artists as you visit exhibitions. I would suggest that you study also the work of more influential craftsmen – historical figures that have changed the face of creativity. Do try and visit museums as well as art galleries.

I see that you have included illustrations of the artists that you have written about in your sketchbook. It might be a good idea to devote just one book for your learning logs and put them into another ring binder. This will organize each part of the module – it will separate the different parts and ensure that the learning logs are clean and easily accessible.

 

Suggested reading/viewing.

I suggest that you look at some of Henry Moore’s drawings. The line ones are particularly impressive and just shows one what is possible just with line.

Do try and read “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain “- by Betty Edwards.

Try and also seek out a book on basic color.

Always check the OCA website.

Have a look at the drawings of Picasso.

Try and get some information as to constructing grids.

Do remember that all the surface of the paper must be considered.

 

Pointers for the next assignment

Do take on all the pointers that I have mentioned so far.

I am impressed with this first assignment. Not just because of the quality of some of your drawings but also because of your openness to experiment and explore the medium. You already have skills to draw in vastly different scale. Your work has an energy and robustness which are very positive drawing skills. Technically your work already shows much ability. Your creativity emerges as you develop your visual ideas.