exercise 3: creating shadow using lines and marks
Things I’m happy with:
- the liveliness of the marks, though my preparatory sketches were more energetic
- the cast shadow of the bowl
- the drama of the pestle
- the highlight around the cup’s handle
Things I’m not happy with:
- the whole has become quite ‘smudgy’ – I would rather the marks were cleaner, clearer, that there was more light in between the marks, more space
- the lip of the mortar (but I tell myself that wasn’t the point of the exercise)
- the clumsiness of the shadow inside the bowl
These three practice sketches seem to have worked better – more energetic, a greater feeling of light and shadow. I was working in a different light which may have been a reason, but I suspect it’s more likely to be my default of tightening up when I want to do a more complete drawing. The way forward may be to try and kid myself everything is a practice run.
Boxes: first round of shadows using different lines and marks. I seemed to be falling into a trap of the same types of marks as I started this exercise and consequently got quite disheartened. Each time I started out with different lines but ended up with something not far off the previous. Even though the ink pen was erratic, or maybe because the ink pen was erratic, it’s the most interesting. That and the very small one that I did quickly to fill the space.