1st February 2018

Experimenting with oil pastels.  I found it difficult to add detail to the flowers, and they lost some of their delicate colours.  Watercolour would have worked better to give a more natural look, but I am pleased with the effect, especially of the darker purple flowers.  I need to practise with oil pastels and try blending.

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These flowers were done on A4 textured paper.


Six Corners Experiments

I did some trial sketches for my 1.3 Six corners project, to practise techniques for the tile mosaics and the trees, having not used charcoal since being at school, I wanted to try things out before putting them onto the A2 picture.

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26th February 2018

Things have been busy working on Assignment 1 and I suddenly realised there hasn’t been a lot of action in my sketchbooks, aside from coursework.  My tutor advised that I should use more variety of pencils, and hold the pencil in different ways to create a variety of strokes and interesting effects.

These portraits sketches were done very quickly, holding the pencil towards the top, rather than like you would hold it when writing. I avoided erasing marks to give a looser feel to the pictures.  The first portrait doesn’t have as much depth, the shading behind the head really should be darker to make the face stand out more.

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27th February 2018

Another quick portrait using 3B and 8B pencils, holding the pencils higher up and trying to keep the motion loose.

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