Part One: Line, Ex 1.3

Drawing Blind and From Memory

 

Ex 1.3, Stage 1 Drawing Blind

Ex 1.3, Stage 1
Drawing Blind

With all expectations of producing a ‘good’ drawing removed, drawing without looking at the paper was fun. I love some of the results, as they a have a certain whimsy that I find appealing.

Close up

Close up

Especially this little guy, he seems like a sketch for a character from the Be Our Guest scene in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

Ex 1.3, Stage 2 Drawing From Memory

Ex 1.3, Stage 2
Drawing From Memory

I was amazed that, after all the times I drew that damn measuring cup, after studying it closely for a minute immediately before, that when it came time, I couldn’t remember how the handle attachment actually looked!

I was truly surprised by this, and thought it a good lesson on observation, though drawing blind was definitely the method I preferred.

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Part One: Line, Ex 1.2

Continuous Line

Ex 1.2, Stage 1 Continuous Line Graphite & Ink Pen

Ex 1.2, Stage 1
Continuous Line
Graphite & Ink Pen

Drawing in one continuous line was surprisingly fun, and in some ways gave me a better result.

Perhaps by forcing me to commit to the lines, and removing some of the hesitancy I usually have in drawing?

Ex 1.2, Stage 2 Continuous Line, Ink Pen (SC)

Ex 1.2, Stage 2
Continuous Line, Ink Pen (SC)

Ex 1.2, Stage 2 Continuous Line, Charcoal

Ex 1.2, Stage 2
Continuous Line, Charcoal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These two used the word prompts from previous exercises. With the whisk, I simply tried to give a feel of it in action.

I drew the measuring cup in one line,then the sieve in another, but cheated a bit with the pouring!

I like the boldness ink gives, and I think the continuous line is a method I will use in the future.

Part One: Line, Ex 1.1

Right Hand, Left Hand

Or the reverse in my case, as I’m left-handed:

Ex 1.1, Stage 1 Left Hand, Graphite

Ex 1.1, Stage 1
Left Hand, Graphite

Ex 1.1, Stage 3 Left Hand, Ink

Ex 1.1, Stage 3
Left Hand, Ink

 

 

Right Hand:

Ex 1.1, Stage 2 Right Hand, Graphite

Ex 1.1, Stage 2
Right Hand, Graphite

 

Ex 1.1, Stage 3 Right Hand, Ink

Ex 1.1, Stage 3
Right Hand, Ink

I hated using my RH, as I had no control at all! Sadly, I don’t actually draw that much better with my LH. On the bright side, there’s nowhere to go but up…

Large Scale

Ex 1.1, Stage 4

Ex 1.1, Stage 4

Ex 1.1, Stage 4

Ex 1.1, Stage 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last stage, I used my left hand on both. For the sieve, I drew iit in oil pastel, then used a watercolor wash on top. The grated was outlined in masking fluid, with charcoal around it. After the fluid was removed, I added the charcoal inside.

I obviously preferred using my left hand. I find that when I use the graphite, I tend to make more timid marks, which isn’t really an option with other media, such as ink. I liked working at a smaller scale, but I feel that’s probably due to my lack of confidence drawing more than anything else.