This is my rendering of a spoon. I think I've suceeded in making it look 3D. I have, however, struggled to visually communicate the fact that it has a curved surface and that it's a shiny object. It is on A3 paper and I'm quite proud since I feel I've managed to upscale it well. The bowl of the spoon wasn't mirror shiny but more matt though I did try to include what I saw of the reflections.
I did this exercise using a bottle and an oil burner. I made a few quick sketches.
I generally found this a little challenging. The materials say assess this work but I'm not sure what I was intended to achieve from this exercise. I think I have made these objects look more 3D at every attempt. I struggled with the curved top of the oil burner, however, I'm pleased with my last attempt at the bottle.
Last month was a particularly busy month but I'm back!
I'm fairly happy with this exercise. All three have marks of a fairly consistent size, length and thickness. One the darker sheets there are fewer spaces. There is a fairly good, clear differentiation in tone.
I think I excuted the exercise competently.
I am really pleased with my self-portrait. Whilst not technically perfect (what is?) it is the most technically correct self-portrait I've ever made of myself. The weaknesses are definitely in the top third of the picture. In retrospect, my eyes, eyebrows and forehead could have been measured more accurately but it's still a good likeness. It's the best likeness of myself I've ever produced thus far. I think I created good depth on the nose especially. I am pleased to have created a good portrait that is an improvement on my last efforts, however, there are several weaknesses which I need to address in my next attempt when I have learnt more technical skill. I definitely think my skills at rendering 'tone' need work but, luckily, that's coming up next on this course… Until next time!
Before I go on to the next exercise I wanted to add my previous attempts at the task to my Learning Log. The first I completed in 2008 and for some reason it remains my favourite. I used a compact mirror for this one and for some reason it turned out really well.
The second I completed earlier this year and tried to draw myself in a comic book style. I used a photograph for reference. In retrospect, I think a mirror is much better for this sort of thing.
I completed this self portait a couple of weeks ago as I worked through the 'Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain' exercises.
The resulting image from this exercise is different from the first one in that it relies more on shape than line. I felt myself using muscle memory rather than my visual memory. It felt easier to do the second exercise than the one which came immediately before it, but I think this exercise would have been harder had I done it first. Like I mentioned, I had built up some muscle memory from the first exercise.
I prefered the first exercise both in terms of how the experience felt and how my images ultimately looked. I like to practice exercising the connection between the eye/brain and my arm. It felt more familiar. Not looking at the paper was uncomfortable and I felt myself fighting the urge to look down the whole time. At the end of the day, with the first exercise, the cup just looked more like a cup.