Project – Drawing Plants and Flowers
Exercise – Drawing with other Coloured Media
Reflect on how the task changes with the different media?
The ballpoint pen renders a fine line and therefore requires you to work small but it is a tool for detail. Ball point offers a uniform and reliable line which requires hatching in order to achieve tone. However because it is reliable and smooth in operation you can work fast.
Pen and Ink
A dip pen is not the most reliable of implements, ie. ink runs out and a small nib generally only moves comfortable in one direction. Sits use is good for fine detail but not for long sweeps. The ink comes in a limited colour range and accurately mixing/lightening is not easy. Accordingly pen and ink is not a flexible medium and therefore for flowers it is not particularly realistic.
However in this exercise the size of the subject is small and therefore wax crayon is difficult for detail and subtle tone.
Fibre tip pen was used and offers uniform line and colour but variation in tone is difficult to achieve particularly with a limited colour range. In this exercise, ie. flowers on a small scale, a thick tip has limited use but a fine tip can be excellent for detail.
Do some work well together?
Wax crayon lacks subtlety of colour and cannot be used for detail work. However if wax crayon is used for the base colour then fine fibre tip pen can make detailed marks on top of it. Ball point pen is similar.
How does the change in medium affect your style and the outcome?
I am not yet too good at style and I tended to do the same thing whatever the medium. I will learn. I should be more gestural but even in practice it isn’t yet realistically happening.
Check and Log
How will your experiments with negative space help your observational drawing in the future?
Negative space drawing is useful for working out how to draw complex subjects, ie. if the line of the subject is hard to portray then drawing the shape of the space around the subject may produce the result. Difficult perspective or foreshortening can sometimes be resolved by drawing around the subject rather than the subject itself.
What techniques did your use to ensure you drew your plants in proportion?
I find the thumb and pencil method rather hit and miss for small and close up objects. I have proportional dividers which when sighted are more accurate and more versatile.
However once the drawing is set out it should be simple enough to judge the proportion of the remainder by eye.
How did you achieve an effect of three-dimensional space in your drawings?
Lines of perspective are not easy to use with flowers so other techniques have to be employed such as –
• Dark colours at the front and light to the rear.
• Reduce size as the distance away increases.
• Reduce detail as the object diminishes.
• Overlap objects, ie. foreground objects hide part of the objects behind.
• Shadows and shading – darker to the front