Project – Making Marks

Exercise – Tonal Studies
In the squares I didn’t at first see ways of grading the cross hatching but managed it with the fibre tip pen which was the thinnest implement.
However I am not sure that this is an effective method of graded shading as it would be difficult to predict where the gradations of tone will occur. However overall it does produce an interesting effect and whilst hard to draw freehand on a measured or mechanical basis some unusual effects could be reproduced.

In the drawings I did not find the hatched shading as realistic as shading with a soft lead. To be a realistic shadow you have to get the dominant lines of the hatching to align with the flow of the light otherwise you will get the “tilting shadow” shown in the ball sketch.
It was difficult to tell the difference between the reflected light and the direct light. The reflections were indistinct, if any. I think there would have to be appropriate colours and a good light source before this could be drawn with certainty.

The application of light and shade to the subject strengthens the effects of depth and perspective in a drawing and the gradation tonal values enhances the finished product.


Project – Making Marks

Exercise – Observing Shadow and Light Formations on a Surface.
I had a problem with this exercise.

In the example drawing in the Course book p26 I appreciated the shadows and reflected light as described but was not able to recognise these aspects in real life. Consequently the first  drawing only shows shadows though I have drawn a theoretical drawing on the reverse page which indicates reflections as well..

The two objects threw different shape shadows but because of the way that they were positioned the shadows were at different angles. The cast shadow has a soft edge as the light source, whilst a small bulb, is not a true spotlight.

I managed the gradation and merging of tonal values reasonably well which were done with a 5mm clutch pencil lead.

The theoretical drawing shows the gradation of shadow and also the reflected area.