project one: fabric and form

Exercise one: drawing fabric using line and tone

From sketchbook (including photographs of drapery studies by Da Vinci, Durer and Waterhouse. I used a soft wooden shawl – very gentle folds – rather than the crispness of cotton or linen.

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Wanting to try for the sharper folds of cotton. Using black and white chalk on green paper. Not really successful, I think down to the media. The crayon is too harsh and can’t give any subtlety and the green paper is just a bit weird.

By chance came across this in a museum in Arles: Studies of drapery by Jacques Réattu (pierre noire with highlights in white chalk). Very helpful to see up close – most daunting is the amount of work gone in to these studies, they are not quick sketches. they really are ‘studies’.

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Felt pen on A2 – I approached the jeans and the cotton shirt differently and was surprised that actually it takes very little to get across folds – I’ve applied very few to the shirt, leaving most of it as a line drawing and it’s enough. I did struggle with the bottom part of the jeans which already dark, were also in dense shade – I essentially had to make it up…

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More fabric using graphite and white pastel on spare patches of sketchbook already coloured with ink.

I get better the more I do these (duh!), the challenge is to get the tone to shift gradually from deepest dark to bright highlight.

A very hypnotic exercise.

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exercise two: emphasising form with cloth

unfortunately not very clear – HB pencil on A5 paper

It’s nudging 40 here so my kids are not interested in posing wrapped up in a shawl for me, but I’ve found that my youngest will obligingly wrap himself up in a sheet during the night so that I can sneak in very early to sketch him.

I regret doing these in pencil alone now, but luckily it’s summer for another couple of months so I will sneak back in…

One thought on “project one: fabric and form

  1. suemaryoakley

    I think you’re very hard on yourself. The first red drawing is so sensitive….and all the others cleverly suggest the different fabrics, as well as the folds. Beautiful.

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