Final Project


Final Images:

Sunny Street Scene. This is the first bigger piece I did in charcoal. I found that I am not familiar with the material (willow charcoal) and I have difficulty controlling them. This happens to my subsequent pieces as well. For this piece,  i really wanted the strong sunlight so i kept the street completely white and hard edges beside it to show the contrast and the change of light/shadow.

Morning Classroom:

I initially struggled with this piece quite a lot as my tonal ranges were all very similar. It doesn’t create any mood or atmosphere, everything just turns out flat. I know that i want the morning light to be the main brightest area, hence i toned eveything else down. However, now looking back, i think i can plan the area of tones more to give more variance and  make the image more interesting.

For this image, i tried to give interesting shapes to the trees to that the eyes will be led around the drawing. However, i think that the edges of certain parts of the forest could be even softer.

the challenge for this was to give the place a mood as the real place was a very well lit area. I did that at first, but similar to the classroom drawing, it flattens out the whole image instead. Following Woon Lam’s advice, i gave it a main “brightest zone and i set it to be near the counters. other parts of the scene will be toned down more.


Studies done at the cafe: finding the shapes and experimenting with different ways of creating an image. it is still a struggle for me to maintain them in big shapes when there are alot of things in the scene. I will still tend to draw them as objects, but i have to constantly remind myself that I have to draw in shapes and how all things are in relation.



Studies done to explore backlit effect and how the hard & soft edges work with each other to create the mood I want.

Studies I did for the atmospheric before the actual. these didn’t work out that well as the big shapes are messy and the tonal range wasn’t right.

Practice Sketch


Tried practicing the concept that we learned last Thursday. Sketched this while I was traveling home on the bus yesterday. It difficult to imagine and plan for the amount of space each section takes up and also the “correct” angle.

Assignments & In Class exercises



Asg 1: Horizontal format in A2 size paper

Asg 1: Vertical Format in A2 size paper

Asg 2: Create large scale format of humans in different viewing angles


Week 3- In Class Studies for figures in perspective


Studying how the old masters draw their human figures in perspective and getting use to drawing angles that we are not used to seeing.

Week 6- In Class Study

Usage of different textures, tonal values, and edges to create an atmospheric environment.

Thoughts: Its hard to control the edges and keeping the overall picture coherent with the correct tonal values. Need to see shapes and connections better

Week 8 – Zoo Trip!


Week 3 Space Design Exercise


Combining interesting design from totally different spaces into one page. The shapes that we thought will be totally out of context and look weird will fit in somehow. As long as when we are drawing the new designs, we make sure that there are always interesting turns and leading lines for the viewer to follow around the painting, even if the perspective is wrong, we can still create a nice, “correct” looking image.

In Class Exercise:

Horizontal Long Format exercise

Vertical Long format exercise



Asg 1: Horizontal format on A2 size paper

Asg 2: Vertical Format on A2 size paper

Challenges while drawing: I find it challenging to lose what is not needed and keep the important shapes and lines in the drawing, hence it might end up being overworked and too much. the tonal design of the scene could be improved as they should compliement each other. I think my vertical one looks more coherent as one drawing compared to the vertical one. but the edges between each shapes could be improved.