Assignment 2. Feedback from Corinna Till dated 22th November 2018
I feel the feedback was positive and constructive, giving me the encouragement to reflect on my work.
I was really annoyed with myself for not sending in to my tutor two pieces of work, which were a big mixed media shell drawing, and a large pencil drawing of my hall. Next time I will be more positive with my art pieces, and send in larger art works. However I was happy that I had the opportunity to show Corinna these pictures via a video call.
Overall Comments from my tutor
‘It was exciting to see how you worked with the new subject matter of domestic spaces, after
the still life exercises. You made a lot of fresh, quick sketches, full of many possibilities and
were able to successfully develop some of your images of interiors through repeated
attempts at the same view. Your consideration of shifts in light and dark, and how much
space and detail to include and leave out, were productive lenses through which to develop
Drawing the ‘At Home’ exercises were brilliant, and I loved doing them. I chose loose wet India ink and a Reed pen to draw with, as it gave me fluid lines and chances to make deep and light shadows, which I saw in my home.
I found working for Assignment 2 very difficult, and it took me a long time, till I actually did the work. Basically I just didn’t know what to draw, plus the brief asked for a lot of different elements and choosing the right ones proved to be very difficult.
Harold’s Chair seemed a good choice to explore as it was in a room with a variety of light and dark shadows. But I chose to draw in coloured crayons, I used this medium as I had already used India ink and a Reed pen in Assignment 1 and wanted to show my drawing skills in a different way.
I do agree with my tutor, about the use of coloured crayons,
‘We talked about how the coloured crayons used for your final piece were quite difficult to
use and perhaps these crayons didn’t offer the best range of colour or tonal variation. We
didn’t talk about the paper. The paper you used seems to have been a really good choice,
the natural colour supporting your depictions of soft light.’
Throughout this course you are encouraged to draw with coloured crayons, which I though I would try. I found them very hard to work with and yes, getting a range of tones out of them very difficult to do. I now see how mixing pencil with coloured crayon did muddy the lines and muted the overall picture.
However, drawing in ink gave me the opportunity to express tonal values of different colours. So my sketchbook work and inky drawings were successful because of the medium I used. Art decisions are hard sometimes. Trying to chose the’right’ medium is harder, some of my drawings came out really strong and some quite weak, it’s made me realise how artists work at making long term decisions about their process and outcomes.
As for my Assignment 2, I did research William Scott’s still life art, as I though it would help me with drawing the table next to the chair including still life objects. I did quite few sketches of the round table, apples and jug in my sketchbook, and looking back at them now, I could make a new piece of work just from the table and still life. (I make a lino cut print in mixed media of a table with objects).
Project 3 – At Home
‘Exercise 1 – Quick sketches around home
– A set of fluid and exciting images using reed pen and different coloured inks. The
combination of two domestic views on one page, using two distinct ink colours, one for
each view, has opened up plenty of possibilities.
– The details of how the different views meet on the page are interesting in each case. There
are resonances between the two halves of the images. For example, in one image a fridge
door in grey is paired with the front door, seen from inside, in dark yellow. The two door
shapes work well together.
– In our conversation you spoke about preferring this subject matter to the isolated, set up,
‘still lives’. Interesting, as many of the same types of objects are present, but arranged
here within the context of rooms and lived-in space.’
My most successful drawing was a double sketch I did of Harold’s Chair in pink ink along side a drawing of my kitchen. I works well and was totally spontaneous !! The series of inky drawings just flowed and I went with it. I even did some of the garden.
I did experiment with different formats, i.e. landscape and portrait styles, which enabled the recording of different views around the home.
Exercise 2 – Composition – an interior
‘- Two black and white pastel images, one ‘portrait’ format and one ‘landscape’. In both
images you have used the pastel ‘simply’ and boldly.
– Especially in the upstairs landing view, the light in the image is effective, as it is seen
coming round the ajar door.
– Nice sketches in black ink, experimenting with cropping views of your bathroom, chest of
drawers, toilet, and looking down stairs in to hall.
– Again, good use of ‘Natural’ coloured paper.’
I drew with pastel on pastel paper to make these drawings and really enjoyed it. Pastel is a medium I’ve not explored very much. But I felt they helped me to expressed the light and composition of the upstairs views with ease and sensitivity.
Exercise 3 – Material differences
‘- A2 pencil and graphite drawing of a view down the stairs.
– We both agreed this is a very successful drawing. It is informed by your previous images of this view in pastel and ink, and you have developed the image further, especially in the
attention given to qualities of light as it comes through three doors into the downstairs
hallway. The light on the stairs is also nice. As a viewer I feel invited into the space and to
appreciate the various throws of light.’
This is the drawing I didn’t send in and glad to have shown via a video call. I wasn’t very keen on it when I made it, and felt, technically it was a bit poor. But after talking to my tutor could see that I have captured the light from three doors that reflected over the hall floor, was, in fact, a successful drawing. I drew this with a very soft pencil and it took me a couple of hours to do. Feeling pleased now.
Project 2 – Still Life
Exercise 1 – Still life using line
‘- You developed an ink and pastel drawing into a long format zig-zag book of hag stones.
The zig-zag format offers a sensation of the hag stones spread out in a horizontal, low down,
landscape and this seems to suit the subject matter.
– After our tutorial I looked again at your zig-zag book of oyster shells in your sketch book.
They are rich and lively in the way they are made up of loose texture and colour, and
almost feel like portraits of individual oyster shells.’
Drawing my Hag Stones was great fun. I put them in a zig-zag format as I had spread my vast collection out on a table, and it took me back to Cromer beach where I had collected them. The scene is vast and full of texture and contrast. So the zig-zag seem a great way to display the drawings for the viewer to feel like you are there looking at the stones.
The Oyster shells and in fact all my natural objects are quite personal to me and that’s probably why they come out as ‘portraits’.
Exercise 2 – Still life, tone using colour
‘- For your still life on a window sill, including Pikachu, you used coloured crayons. These
crayons don’t seem to have offered you an optimum range or versatility of colour and tone.
– It could be worth redoing this exercise about tone using colour. Perhaps there is a way to
approach this ‘still life’ as well, informed by your sketches around the home, so that the
set-up is of more interest to you.’
I do agree with my tutor and will re-draw this exercise. I liked my subject and objects, but again I used coloured crayons, which did not give the tonal effects asked in the brief.
Exercise 3 – Mixed media
Yes, for me, this was a frustrating exercise in this course. I tried many versions, a pen and watercolour drawing, a large paper and pen still life and finally a large shell (inspiration from my 50 Drawings in Four Hours exercise) all using ‘mixed media’ such as paper, inks and the like. I also made a lino cut on a collage too. I tried everything I knew and I still don’t like mixed media formats. I could have drawn and painted all my work as individual pieces, without the stress of ‘making’ and using mixed media items. All I can do is congratulate myself for trying so hard and producing some work.
However, the very activity of cutting out is something I enjoy, it’s physical and instead of drawing lines, the scissors do the guiding and making of the shapes which can be uniform or very abstract. Matisse cut out coloured paper to make wonderful art pieces.
Exercise 4 – Monochrome
‘- Two very different uses of materials, both successful in their own ways.
– A still life of bottles in watercolour with wax highlights and gaps in paint used to create light.
You had looked at Morandi and practised some of his attention to exactly how objects stand
– White ink on black paper used to draw shells, created a lace-like effect, which is effective.
It reads more like a design as the background is flat black and doesn’t address how the shells relate in space.’
The bottles in the monochrome image was joyful to paint. Watercolour techniques are my strongest skill and even though this didn’t stretch me too much, the effect of loose washes and gaps for highlights works to explain the light on the bottles.
My tutor has recommended looking at Rene Magritte, as I had researched Tang Yau Hoong. I quite like humour in art and it’s probably why I chose to draw Pikachu in exercise 2-Still Life, tone and colour. So I will look at Magritte’s art. I really spent sometime reading about Morandi, and saw some of his work in The British Museum in August. I was very interested in the way he moved is objects around until he ‘got’ a composition worthy of painting.
I have already followed up Lee Lozano and Majolica ceramic technique, but will put it in my blog.
For me to do
I agree with my tutor;
Your drawings done in location directly from
life, for example, domestic scenes, are
Successful development of subtle shifts of
light and dark areas within images of
domestic interiors, e.g. in your several
versions of a view looking down the stairs.
Drawing the home was my favourite exercise to do. And I worked hard to look at light and dark tones to describe the house.
Areas of Development
The exercise on colour and tone was done
with crayons which didn’t seem to offer much
tonal depth. It could be worth doing this
exercise again with more tonal variation,
perhaps using a different medium.
Totally agree and I will re-draw Assignment 2 and exercise 2-Still life, tone using colour.
I want to explore drawing with pastels and more textures in ink.