We had to do four different drawings on the first day of the class. We had to draw a tree in a landscape, an animal, a street scene, and a hand. I feel that the most difficult one was drawing the animal because I’ve never drawn one before.
Object Value Drawings
We had to draw a sphere, cube, cylinder, and a cone using the 9 step value scale. I liked doing the sphere the best and didn’t like doing the cone.
We has to draw 3 different objects on a table. While drawing them we had to add value and shadows to the different objects. I liked leaning how to shade the objects better.
Pencil Still Life
1. I drew 5 different compositions from different angles. After that I picked my favorite one and decided to draw that one. 2. I think that I used a wide range of value throughout the whole piece. You can tell where the highlights and shadows are in my piece. 3. If I were to try this without practicing with smaller pieces, I think that it wouldn’t have turned out this good. I think that the textures would be messed up and the shadows bright casted on other objects wouldn’t be that good either. 4. For the darks in my piece I used a 4B pencil and put a lot of pressure on it so you can tell where the dark spots and shadows are. For the medium and light areas I used a 3H pencil and put very little pressure on the light areas and highlights. 5. I think that if you don’t have texture in a piece it would make it really hard to tell where the light is coming from and how far objects are away from each other. You wouldn’t be able to tell where the shadows are and where the highlights are. 6. If I were to recreate this I would probably wait to add the darks until the end because it made it hard trying to fix it when I messed up. I would also try to blend the whole piece better.
Pen and Ink
For the pen and ink unit we had to draw different shapes with value, create a value chart for different textures, practice with different textures on spheres and cylinders, and create 100 different textures. I liked doing this because I think that it looks really nice when it is done.
1. I started out by finding the pictures that I wanted and cropped them in different ways to get my composition. I picked my 3 favorite compositions and picked the best one. I think that it is a successful composition because it looks good and it includes different things. 2. Texture and pattern in this project help you tell the difference between different objects and where the objects are in the picture. The bigger the pattern means that it is closer in the picture. 3. Value is important in this project because it helps you tell what objects are in front of other objects. It also helps you know how the actual image looked. 4. I think that the project was done really well and turned out good. I started out by drawing the outlines of the buildings so I knew where to put certain textures. 5. The practice before this project helped me know how to use the different textures and patterns to make the drawing look good. Without the practice, the drawing would look very sloppy and unorganized. 6. You need to make sure that you know the concepts in class for many reasons. If you don’t know the concepts, you won’t know how to use the pen to make different textures. You also won’t be able to know how to put the darks and the lights with the pen. 7. I have leaned how to be able to draw different textures with a pen and pencil like wood, fur, and water. I will be able to use this knowledge in later projects with similar textures. 8. If I were to do this project differently, I would probably change how the sky and the bridge looks. I would also try to add more darks and better shadows in the final piece.
Water Color, Pastel, and Colored Pencil
We practiced different objects with the watercolor pastel. After we practiced we had to draw our fruit/vegetable. I liked how it turned out, but I didn’t really like using the watercolor pastel.
We used colored pencils to draw different objects before we did our final. I liked how you were able to blend the colored pencils and how the color looked in the end. I wish that I would have done the leaves a little better.
For the pastel we had to practice using the pastel sticks and the pastel pencils. I really like how you are able to apply different layers with the pastel and get them to blend. I would change the way that I did the highlights on the blueberries.