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Project Drawing animals


Animals are challenge to draw as they hardly ever stay still. The fur disquises the sceleton the secret is in getting a balance between depicting anatomy and the texture of the fur as a unified object.


Research point:

Look at how Reneissance masters such as Leonardo and Durer depicted animals. Make notes and try and find some images to include in your learning log.

Leonardo Da Vinci was a scientist and gazillion of other things, he was inventor and wanted to know how to make things or how things worked, their innate mechanism which even living beings are. The way to study animals was to dissect them to reveal their muscular and sceletar structure and observing them in motion. When forinstance observing the horses he studied their characteristic behaviours and whims, to become accurate he created his own measuring system showing in the down image. If he knew how the animal functioned from the inside, the limitations that its physiques set and how the horses would act in certain situations he would be able to draw the animals without reference based on his knowledge.





Albert Duhrer approached his subject by depicting what he saw in front of him, photorealistic depiction of accurate detailing.


albert head of a roe deer, pen, ink and watercolour, dureralbrechtdurer_lobster2

Excercise: Grabbing the chance


Select your model. Leave your sketchbook and tools in a handy place and grab them when your animal is settled in a good pose. Be spontaneous and take opportunities to draw as they arise.

Do a series of small sketches of your animal in different poses. Experiment with different media. Try drawing with a fine black drawing pen, coloured markers or ballpoint, then try again with a really soft pencil. Break your studies into several different days, once you feel confident with the chosen model draw it on a bigger sized paper.




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Drawing with other coloured media



Use various different media and reflect the way how task changes with the different media.


Here I used markers, charcoal, pencils and felt tips.  The marker captured well the solid iron chicken basket and I think works well with the coloured pencils that are more subtle to give some more structure in the image. Charcoal added interest with different type of grainy texture in the shades. When using markers I was working at slow pace carefully, when I used coloured pencils I used it side ways in painterly way much more loosely and carelessly.


Excercise Plants and flowers in coloured pencil



For this excercise you can choose cut flowers in a vase, plants growing in a pot or growing naturally in a garden, a  park or in the countryside. Choose flowers with clear shapes and strong colours. Make the plant the focal point of your drawing but draw the background and be certain to relate your plant to it. Aim to make the plant of flowers look three-dimensional, not merely pattern. Building up colour in pencil drawings takes time and you may find it takes more than 3 hours to produce a complete A2 size drawing.


This drawing actually took me about a week  to draw its nearing to be a photographic I wanted to have at least one carefully detailed so I didnt mind spending more time on this. Once you have layed out where each part is and what is the focal point which obviously were the flowers here it was simply laborous adding of tone, stepping back at looking what part needs to be pushed more into visibility, the needles of the fir branch easily disappeared into background I think I was able to solve this by outlining them with red colour. There are only two things Im not happy with the drawing, in the foreground there is too much white space that Im thinking of cutting away and I also dont like the way I rendered the flower in the very center up facing us, it looks aweful.

Looking at this image now here on computer IM thinking that I really should fill the white areas with some crosshatching, there are 3 white corners completely blanck I think I need to fill them with some colour before I send this in.



Above I reworked the image, strangely it doesnt show how darker it actually is


Here is progression of the drawing at early stage

Excercise Negative space in a plant


Use a large potted plant for this excercise. Set your plant in front of you, preferably with a plain background. You can use any media you prefer. Now fork out all the spaces in between the plant, within and around it= the negative space. Cover this area with your chosen media.


Excercise Drawing Using Oil Pastel



Set up a colourful group of fruit or vegetable or combination of both concentrating on creating a group of contrasting colour, shape and texture.

Use oil pastels to render them on textured coloured paper A3 size.

I didnt have coloured textured paper so I used rough Bockinford watercolour instead and layed the base colours with complimentary colours


And with oilpastels on top. This was done relatively fast then I was struck with stomach buck and have been lying in bed ever since, until now feeling a bit better and its 2 am.



These are other oilpastel studies I have done earlier, the paper was smooth and no underlying colour just pure white. Im instantly noticing one thing here that is missing is the white gaps between objects, they are not overly bad but would have probably be better if I eased on the edges letting the white show through. I did these excercises mainly to understand how the oilpastel behaves and trying to learn what is the best way to use them. I like the way the pears look like, it was easier to draw because of the interesting varying planes that the shape offered, I did struggle a lot with the tomatoes though, also I feel like the piece of wood could have been so much more but didnt have the skills enough to push it there.


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