Assignment 4

Reclining Figure In Tone

Here, I have chosen to work with sticks and pencils of soft pastel to allow me to focus on tone as these have worked well for me in previous exercises on tone. I am using a large support (65 by 50cm) of blue pastel paper and am restricting my colour palate so I really have to think about tonal contrast.

I started by drawing a couple of quick sketches to decide on the best composition.

My model is positioned in a way that allowed me to look at perspective and foreshortening with her feet closer to me. There was a strong ,natural light coming from the window to the left into a room which is naturally quite dark, which gave me reasonable contrasts.

The pastels allowed me to make mistakes as they were easily rubbed out but I tried not to smudge the marks as I wanted some textural marks. I soon realised that my darkest blue wouldn’t be dark enough, so I tentatively introduced a red for the darkest tones.

I was working with an easel and found myself holding the chalk pencils as if they were a paint brush which helped free up my mark making.

I am pleased with the proportions, the tonal contrasts and the likeness I have achieved and I like the introduction of the red as this gives a bit of contrast to an otherwise too soft an image. If I were to do it again I might choose to work with colours different from the background. As a composition I am happy apart from the head being too near the top of the page. Maybe I could have made it more interesting by zooming in.

Seated figure with line

This time I struggled to think about what medium to use working with line on an A1 support. After looking at other artists work, particularly Henry Moore, I decided to use a range of artists pens, biros and graphite pencils.

Thinking about the composition I wanted to capture something of the sitters personality and managed to capture him suited and booted and squeezing in a bit of work before catching his train. He is busy tapping into various gadgets a look of concentration on his face. I had struggled with how to get the position of his hands so had a practice with different types of mark making.

Rather than a few hours this took me  several days, so although I started drawing from life I had to continue with a photo. I found it so much harder getting the proportions right while working on such a large scale. Then came my indecision regarding what sort of lines to make which has resulted in a bit of a mixture of styles, but I’m not sure if that matters as I rather like the end result. I am pleased that I have managed to describe the folds and contours of the shirt without using tone. I think that I have struggled finding the right marks to use to describe the hands .



Portrait using line and tone

I started by looking at other artists work that I found interesting and expressive. I knew that I wanted to keep it monotone and use interesting marks and decided to try a couple of ideas with interesting cropping.

My model always looks quite confrontational, even though he isn’t at all. I wanted to try and capture his intense stare and decided on having him look directly at the viewer but with his head angled away. I decided to work with water-soluble ink with a dip pen and brush. I have used a square support which I think works quite well.



Part 4: Project 5 – Exercise 2 Groups of figures

I found this exercise very challenging as I could not seem to capture any details in the seconds it took for people to walk by. In the end I gave up and worked from a photograph that I took of the town seen. In looking at others artists approach to the moving figure, I really liked this drawing of the business men rushing to work , seemingly oblivious to their surroundings which the artist has only hinted at.


I decided to experiment by reversing this idea with the buildings and stationary structures given the colour and solidity compared to the vaguer outlines of the passers by. However it is difficult to see the people’s outline amongst all the colour. I know the exercise wanted us to recapture the colour of the day but I don’t think that has worked here. The support is wrong for a grey cold day and the chalk doesn’t work with the coloured pen. I think that I have captured something of the moving crowd of shoppers.



I found some useful advice from a site called ‘Urban Sketchers’, that suggested if you wait awhile someone else will come along in a similar position, so you might end up drawing the legs of one person and the top half of another!



Ref : https://urban

Part 4: Project 5, Exercise 1 , Single Moving Figure

imageMan drawing in café

imageBuilders on roof

imageStanding at the bar waiting to be served imageEating toast

imageimageimageplaying tennis


I am finding  these exercises challenging and wonder if I need to find a different medium to capture quick fluid lines rather than try and draw details before the person moves.

Here I have experimented with a single figure moving through a series of positions using a watercolour pen.