Well, that didn’t work…

This idea:

IMG_2073became this:

IMG_2074a bit sloppy, but I don’t see enough potential to pursue.

Then this:

IMG_2073became this:

IMG_2081One exercise calls for a solid colored background, and I decided to create that with watercolor. Then went on to watercolor and cut papers for the mountains and cup. Again, I don’t care for the end result at all, but still think the idea has potential.

Part Two, Ex. 2.2, Block Silhouette

Block Silhouette

I chose the Teatime theme.

Experimenting with shapes:

Part Two, Ex. 2.2

Part Two, Ex. 2.2

That raised the question, once cut out, does the shape need to stay together?

Part Two, Ex. 2.2

Part Two, Ex. 2.2

I am happy with this one. I felt the prints on the pot, cups, etc., balanced well with the bright orange-red of the ‘tea’ and it has the slightly chaotic feel I wanted. Originally I used more pastel/floral papers for the crockery, but felt the steampunk style paper lent more to the overall tumultuous feeling.

The next one did not work well. I liked the notion of the teapots hunting, but overall it’s too busy, with no real focal point.

Part Two, Ex. 2.2

Part Two, Ex. 2.2

I was thinking about the next exercise, Line, in my journal:

IMG_2025and playing with watercolors:

IMG_2007Which led to another block collage, on a woven newsprint background:

Part Two, Ex. 2.2

Part Two, Ex. 2.2

I wanted to contrast the innocuous teapot and cup, as well as the fading primary colors with the mesh of dark news in the background, and I’m pleased with the result. You might notice that the cups are completely glued down, and the pots are not. I’m not sure which way is better, though since texture is not a part of this exercise, I suppose I will eventually glue them all flat.

I’d still like to try some version of my original journal idea!

Part One: Line, Ex. 1.4

Final Drawing Selection

I spent a great deal of time preparing for this exercise, perhaps over-thinking it ?!

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I decided on one object/drawing, linked by a feeling of action & emotion, as well as use of line only for the object, but color for any additional items. Here are the six results, in order of preference:

Ex 1.4 Black & White ink, white charcoal, watercolor

Ex 1.4, Angry Whisk
Black & White ink, white charcoal, watercolor

 

 

 

Ex 1.4 Charcoal, oil pastel, watercolor

Ex 1.4, Agitated reamer
Charcoal, oil pastel, watercolor

 

Ex 1.4 Black ink, white charcoal, oil pastel

Ex 1.4, Playful spoons
Black ink, white charcoal, oil pastel

 

Ex 1.4 Charcoal, oil pastel

Ex 1.4, Tired grater
Charcoal, oil pastel

 

Ex 1.4 Charcoal, graphite, oil pastel

Ex 1.4, Celebratory sieve
Charcoal, graphite, oil pastel

 

Ex 1.4 Charcoal, oil pastel, watercolor

Ex 1.4, Defeated cup
Charcoal, oil pastel, watercolor

I like the first three drawings, but the last three are a bit disappointing.

The idea for using mood in the pictures came from the blind drawings that looked almost personified. I used many of the techniques tried earlier, such blind drawing and continuous line, in executing the pieces.

I felt I made better observations than I might have previously, such as understanding the perspective shift when changing an object’s actual shape.

I enjoyed a chance to be a bit more creative with line, and adding other media and color.