Monday, October 31, 2016

Still Life Drawing

Pre-Instructional Drawing

Final Still Life Drawing

Purpose:
  • To create a still-life drawing that demonstrates understanding of angles & ellipses in perspective, along with using a variety of mark-making techniques to describe form;
  • To understand value by creating a good range of values between black & white to help make the objects appear 3D;
  • To demonstrate quality craftsmanship and good composition skills in a drawing.
Artists Studied: Henry Moore, John Whalley, Giorgio Morandi, Winslow Homer, and Vincent van Gogh

I think that the type of marks I used in my final still life drawing are, out of the different artists we studied most similar to Henry Moore’s style of many small lines together to create different impressions of light and dark. I used black and white pencils, though, while the drawings of Moore’s that I studied in class usually used pen. The end impression is a bit different than Moore’s style because the pencils created a different kind of lines than a pen. However, I still think that the style I used is more similar to Moore’s than Van Gogh’s short lines or Morandi’s cross-hatching.

Comparing my pre-instructional drawing and my final still life drawing, several things have changed. In my pre-instructional drawing, some of the shapes look a little weird, such as the lines of the long, rectangular block curving a little bit and the taller block not lining up quite right. The tomato looks … not like a tomato. I think I got better at lines over the course of drawing still lifes, as the tomato in my final drawing looks less like a rounded square and more like a tomato and the block doesn’t have wavering lines or an odd angle. The objects in my final still life look a lot more like how I wanted them to come out. The shading is also not that great in the pre-instructional drawing: most of the shadows are on the ground and the lines don’t look quite right, not really close enough to look like shadows but more like patches of gray lines. There aren’t very many shadows on the actual objects, unlike on my final drawing. I got a much better understanding of shadows and how to draw them in class. Mark-making is also something I got better at. I tried out a couple of different kinds of mark-making over the course of the unit and learned how to do all of them. I also got better at perspective and drawing objects close together and what parts of each object can be seen from which angle. This is something I wasn’t that good at originally, as shown by my tomato, but in my final still life drawing I made sure that I was drawing the shapes exactly how I saw them.

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