In this exercise I am going to experiment with lines and marks, through these attempts and mediums I am going to express calm, anger, joy and etc from my emotion.
I have prepared four A1 sheets of paper, charcoal, Indian ink (with wooden stick), oil pastel and soft pastel etc. They are all black colours.
Fold each sheet A1 to A2 then A3, unfold them tape them onto the board for 4 attempts. But unfortunately my A1 art board has not arrived yet. So I have to cut them to A3 to fit my current board.
CALM – charcoal
For the feeling of calm that I cleared all of my mind. Sit down in front of the sheets. Holding the tool gently and start to draw. I started to make lines slowly from bottom left corner using horizontal lines then vertical lines and crossed over each other in some places. I have used a triangular region to convey a stable base for this A3 area. Another triangular pattern is combined with the first one to build up a rectangle. Then I carried on to create some continuous pattern on the top. For this part I only used the line to draw so I didn’t use flowing tones.
CALM – oil pastel
This time I started from top then going down. First I drew some quiet lake surface then some regular patterns. I also tried holding the pastel in different ways pressing and hard and gently. Compare the charcoal, the oil pastel is so difference it is waxy and greasy. It is more likely to stay on the paper.
CALM – soft pastel
I started to try some rectangles in the visual space. However every stoke down is broader and darker than I had hoped so I was unhappy with the result. While I was drawing the powders came out and covered the whole sheet like dust and I also spotted some bits I didn’t want. The soft pastel is is most easiest colour up onto the paper but is the most unstable. For calm approach this was a failure.
CALM – Indian ink
I got a sharpened stick to work with the ink. I started to use lines to draw an area as a rectangle and a ball, then random patterns on the top of sheet. Then I put the ink into an waterbrush to draw some more lines. The top bit of sheet was made with the twig. Every time the stick dip in ink then go to draw it always from dark going to light which with the ink fading as I got further along with the stroke. The bottom bit I have used the water colour brush. It is all right when I started but after a while I was getting a lot of ink coming together.
The whole parts of the CALM.
For the calm pieces I am trying to make the patterns regular, neat and tidy but just lost a bit control with the first soft pastel. As they are all simple lines I need to practice with a wider variety of marks.
After some time spent relaxing outside I am going to try angry emotion and to make the lines and marks.
ANGER – charcoal For the angry feeling I tried to bring out recently unhappy mood out. I used the fast flowing marks and lines clashing anywhere of this sheet. I put some abstract things in like the skull. I also used the flowing lines and fast drawing to finish it. I think it may need darker tones in the charcoal.
After a rest with some chocolate then I am trying JOY.
JOY – charcoal
For joy I have a pleasant mood for drawing some lively patterns. I used soft curved shapes to make the lines they are regular. Then I made them larger or smaller and made some go off into the didtance. JOY – oil pastel
JOY – soft pastel
I am going to attempt the last word “STRESS”
The whole parts of STRESS These pieces are very rough lines and marks that just brought out the feelings straight away. If I will do this again I may to try on A4 or smaller paper then organize them on the big A1 sheet.
For this exercise I have learnt to use my emotion to control and convey my feeling on the image’s title. It is very difficult to convey these points just through lines and marks but it is in the detail and the style that the effects come through. As I learn from the work and I can pay more attention to other artists they approach they have used. Then I can improve my drawing.
For the tools I didn’t really use Indian ink and oil pastel before, but even this is first time I did enjoy them.
For the future in the drawing course I will take these points into the drawing process. What the characters and elements convey and how my lines and marks follow them?