Assignment 2. Part 2. Intimacy. ‘Harold’s Chair’

This assignment is designed to pull together the fine observation and practice that you’ve done on this part of the course. You’re free to to chose your own source material and media provided you take into account the factors listed below.

In the work you produce now must demonstrate a growing understanding of;

  • the use of colour in drawing
  • the most appropriate medium for the subject
  • composition and context
  • mark-making and contrasts of line and tone
  • accurate and expressive depiction of form
  • experimentation with ideas and method

Planning and reflection

For this assignment I decided to draw an image from one of my quick sketch book drawings and ink paintings of Harold’s Chair.


I also made further drawings of the dining room, that stores Harold’s chair, I wanted to show the light and dark areas of the room. I drew these in very loose inky washes with quick dark lines.


In addition I took a group of photographs to show the layout of the room. These photos were glued together. I was thinking of drawing the whole room, but felt it was too much to do, hence I focused on one part, Harold’s chair.

Sketch book notes and photos

I was also influenced by the art of William Scott, who drew and painted common household items and created open still life images. So taking further references from my sketch book I decided to place a few objects on a round table next to Harold’s chair for my drawing.


I made some quick sketches of the round table to use in my final drawing.


Sketch book work

I decided to keep my drawing simple, so the composition is based on the rule of thirds with the chair being the main focus. And the emphasis on light and dark areas in the room. Including my sketches I also sat in the room to draw and use the chair as additional reference.

My choice of materials were;

  • coloured pencils
  • soft drawing pencil
  • Clairefontaine ‘Paint On’, 250 g/m Natural paper, for multi-techniques. I like this paper as it’s smooth and takes coloured crayons really well, plus it is a lovely natural colour which helps, as I find white a harsh base to work on.

Here is my final drawing of Harold’s Chair. This chair is an old Victorian seat, with a high back covered in a throw and cushions. My father-in-law was Harold, and in his later life he spent many hours asleep in this room on this chair, with a blanket over his knees. So the room is just as important as the chair, he also loved apples from the garden and the green stool was from his work shop, so I included these items too. This room is not totally dark, but had a light source from the open door. The corner was in shadow. I have tried to express the light and dark with my shading and crosshatching. I wanted to keep the drawing fairly loose, using the colours that are in the room itself. Even though I used the rule of thirds as my composition base, the drawing seemed to evolve as I sketched. I now have two dark areas dividing the picture plane, the shadow and the curtain, but I feel it works as it gives interest to the scene. I wanted to tell a simple story with things.

I added the round table, which I inherited with the chair and placed three apples, plus a small white jug, which was mine, I needed to add something of mine that I did not inherit, something new so to speak. The conservatory is a light place, so I kept my marks light and soft. I used scribbles for the green in he garden area. Finally on the wall is a picture I drew of Harold many years age, which I had to include, it seems like he is looking down at his chair.

I know my drawing has flaws, some of the form is not quite there, and I have flatten out the table surface, but I like that. I think drawing has to have some feeling of time and place, and this room holds a lot of memories for myself and that’s why I chose to make a drawing of it.

Harold’s Chair

As an experiment I have also drawn ‘Harold’s Chair’ in pink ink using a Reed pen, on A 3 sized paper. I really like it. I wanted to convey the light and dark, the line and the sense of absence.

‘Harold’s Chair in pink ink on paper

Assessment Criteria Reflection Thoughts

Demonstration of technical and visual skills- materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills (35%)

I am able to chose materials and use drawing techniques to help me describe my work. I have already explained my composition ideas in my reflection notes. I chose to draw in coloured crayons as it’s a material I don’t often use. Through my inky drawings and those in my sketch book, I was keen to observe my home in open line drawings and tonal sketches.

For all of Part Two, Intimacy I have explored a wide range of materials, engaged in different drawing techniques and tested my observational skills, by drawing shells, stones and my home. Hopefully I have been successful with covering all the requirements in the exercises.

I do rely on using my digital camera to help develop, and record my work, and I have tried videoing .

Quality of outcome- content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, discernment, conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas (20%)

I am able to research artists and use their ideas and techniques for my work. I often read and listen, on the radio a variety of art programmes and art articles found on line or in books. In my sketch books I like to draw and make a variety of images to help my thinking and personal development. I took on a drawing challenge, of 50 Drawings in four hours, which was very interesting, testing of my creativity and speed of drawing skill.

However I do find the final Assignment difficult as I have too many ideas, and feel I need some extra outside input to help me refine my thoughts. Ask for more help !!

Demonstration of creativity- imagination, experimentation, invention, development of a personal voice (25%)

I think I am a very creative person. Drawing indoors is a big leap for me, as I have spent years outside drawing the landscape. My drawing has started to change, to a more loose and fluid mark. I am now exploring different formats, and shapes in the presentation of my art.

Context reflection- research, critical thinking ( learning logs and, at second and third level, critical reviews and essays (20%)

Keeping a Learning log is new to me, and I am teaching myself something new every time I use it !!  I have not written any essays yet for Part two, but have made notes about artists and their work which is in both log and sketch books.



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