Week 7 sure was an eventful week. We started class on Monday with an examination of lights on different objects – lightest light, middle tones, darkest dark, shadow, cast shadow, reflective light, and tone next to tone. Thereafter, we began our third life drawing. This time applying all the techniques we’ve learnt previously, such as proportions, relativity, and toning.
The pictures below are of the assignment we did in class – life drawing III.
We ended the last week of the first part of Semester I with a trip to the Dragon Kiln on Saturday. It sure was an interesting experience to end off the hectic week! Our trip to the Dragon Kiln will be further elaborated in the next post.
As the title of this post suggests, we had another life drawing session during tutorial. Unlike the previous tutorial class to get us warmed up with life drawing and poses, we focused on getting the proportions right, as well as pay close attention to the details of the feet – how it arches, where the big and small toes lie et cetera this class. The following are pictures of the assignment we did in class:
The assignment Professor Kelly gave us to do at home was to examine and draw five different poses/perspectives of our feet and hands respectively. The following are pictures of the assignment:
I must say, life drawing has been interesting thus far. It’s amazing how the features of a model can be brought to life with lines, strokes, proportions, and gradients. Have a good day!
The following are pictures of the assignment we did in class – life drawing of a nude model:
The assignment we are to do at home was to draw 20 poses, similar to the drawings we did above. The pictures of the assignment are as followed:
We had a mini ‘field trip’ out of class to do some perspective drawing with trees as our focus. A couple of us went up to the roof terrace of the ADM building, though Professor Kelly told us not to wander too far…
While the first half of the lesson was to draw boxes in one- and two-point perspectives, the second half was to draw a still-life. Similar to the previous week, we were told to take note of the negative and positive space. But this time, in greater depth, filling in the details of the still-life objects.
The tools used for the above ‘self-portrait in still life’ drawing were a pair of 12oz boxing gloves, a DSLR camera, five books – of which, three are poetry books by Lang Leav, and one side of a pair of pumps. Drawing this self-portrait in still life was pretty intimidating initially, as the details of the angles and the objects themselves were a little tricky to fill.
If you’re ever keen on reading, I would highly recommend Relativity by Antonia Hayes (an Australian writer), and Love & Misadventures by Lang Leav (an American poet). To leave you with a favourite quote from Relativity of mine: “We were like a supernova. Burned brightly and collapsed, but for a brief moment, we did outshine the rest of the Galaxy.”
Whenever you think of drawing an object, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Do you focus on the object, or the spaces around it? For me, like many others I suppose, my mind is preoccupied with the object, not the spaces around it. For class in week 2, we were taught how to look at objects from the perspective of the spaces around them (negative spaces). Instead of giving our full attention to the objects themselves, we were enlightened to give our thoughts to the spaces around them, and fill them up with uniform black calligraphy ink.
For the first in-class assignment, we focused solely on the negative spaces surrounding the object. We observed the relationship between one object and another, how they overlap, and how they share spaces.
For the second in-class assignment, however, we added details to our negative space pieces. Key details. Details that would make the art piece look good overall.
One key takeaway from week 2’s tutorial: design and concept is essential. The best combination would be design and concept, and the technical skills of producing fine quality work.
The second part of our first lesson was to do a blind contour. We are to draw someone without looking at our paper until we’re done, and we aren’t allowed to leave our markers whilst drawing. The four in-class attempts, as shown below, are attempts of a blind contoured Adam.
Last but not least, the assignment for submission is a blind contour drawing of my Dad sitting whilst reading newspaper and using his tablet. Talk about multi-tasking!
The day was 8th August 2016, Monday. The day before National day. We had our very first Art lesson – DA1000 Thinking and Communicating Visually I. It was exciting. Intuitive drawing was our first assignment (to be brought home). We did a little exercise in class. We were told to put our hands inside a covered plastic bag with an unknown object, feel the object, think of a word, and draw to describe that feeling of ours. My word was ‘crunchy,’ and the picture on the left is a drawing of what I felt.
Moving on to the brought-home assignment. We were tasked to go to a hawker center of our choice, observe with our senses and reflect on what effects our senses the most. We had to name with one word or a sentence of what we enjoy, and another of what makes us uncomfortable. Thereafter, make a drawing with marks that represent those feelings.
I went to Tiong Bahru food market level 3 and the first sense that hit me was smell. A mash of different food fragrances. You might think I would choose smell as the sense that effects me the most. But, it was sound that became the protagonist of my assignment. Every few minutes, one would hear the sound of chopsticks dropping and touching. The clatter and rattle of sounds of plastic upon plastic were like repetitive melodies. Once periodically, you would hear the violent sounds of food trays on rollers being pushed. Agitated, harsh, and rushed. Not forgetting, the thunder-like roar of the closing of metal shutters. Stall-owners are eager to go home on this sweltering Sunday afternoon.