Assignment two-Part two-Final piece

I started from the apple but unfortunately the teminator/dividing line in the shade on the top of the apple wasn’t correct so I had to used  white ink to correct it.  Another bad thing which I have done is one time when I used both the black and white ink and crossed the lids over on the two bottles then the white ink got a little bit black in. At the moment I have got a pack of Winsor&Newton ink.  I need to prepare another bottle of white ink or some other stuff  for highlighting or whitening. I would like to try some else brands soon.


I discovered a little bit over drawing it is darker than I want because I want the elements to go from light to dark going towards the right side.

The next element is pomegranate and the same problem down the right hand side corner which has been corrected by white ink.

Half way on the pomelo. The pear has been drawn by cross hatching so I have to do the  same way as the elements before. I also think the cross hatching is stronger effect for 3D than the hatching line.


Half way of pumpkin drawing. Then going to use cross hatching. The pear(big stippling) and the pomelo (small stippling) I have drawn the fixture on skin but I am not confident to draw the pumpkin’s flecks so I only draw its three dimensional effect.


The finished elements of this long postbox style composition. I have taken the photo then put them together with photoshop.



For the background I started from right hand corner by #1 nib of the dip pen which is most thickest/widest lines then going to work torwards the left hand side and the thinnest lines.

The stroke is so strong and wide(I should take a test for this nib before I use it) and I am a bit feeling I have damaged this composition.

When I was drawing every vertical and horizontal  line for building up a three dimensional interior effect I absolutely thourght that this is a job for a robot. I can’t control every line very well this is man made job then some lines wills damage the perspective effects. One of the worst bits is right hand corner on the top counter where I did some lines by mistake that I have to cover the white ink and re-do it.


The next step is connecting the pieces of papers to finish the pineapple’s shadow. Again I overdrawn the pineapple’s background then I used the white ink to cover it.

I used 2.5 hours using scanner(max size A4) from my house to scan and link them in one.

I still could not get rid of the shadow on each piece which I can only scan the area(A4 size) on where the pieces connect.


I couldn’t hold the camera straight and all the way cross this composition.


Through the whole process I should really follow Joanne’s advice which is using half of the A1 paper with masking tape so I can avoid lots of problems.

This finishing size is 168.2 cm * 29.7 cm (66.22 inches * 11.70 inches). When I was using the 0.5 and 0.3 fine line pen then it is very hard to find a single stippling because it is a such a big piece.

This one absolutely taken me a while to complete, about three weekends after preparing and just practicing lines. Well I wanted myself to have the accurate lines to capture the character/element gesture in the future.

For main things, I am doing drawing course not the illustration one at the moment. Is this has partially aesthetic value for which drawing goes torwards fine art?


Assignment two-Part one

I had a preliminary idea of a long postbox style composition for this assignment. As part two is based on still life in the interior  my idea is to set up a still life on the counter in my kitchen so I can practice both these projects.
Before I start to do my plan I emailed the course support Joanne Mulvihill-Allen for more information/idea. Then I got back the reply:
There are a couple of videos of students work who have used concertina sketchbooks to make long postbox style compositions, they are landscape based but the same principles will apply.
A roll of lining paper would work well as a surface, you can cut it as long as you need or use a standard size paper, A1 or A0 perhaps and mask off the desired narrow long composition using a low tack masking tape.  Make your drawing as normal and remove the tape when you have done, I think you will need to ensure you have covered the entire surface of the paper for it to have an effect.
There is a video on photographing art work here which talks about lighting.
The first composition impression my desire is “Along the River During the Qingming Festival”

The entire piece is in a rolled map format. Deploying the method of scatter perspective mapping.

Then I tried different objects in different viewpoints to set up my still life in the beginning.





For the more further material task, I also think of several way to do it..

  1. Simple media(dip pen+ink), fine line/delicate of mark making on white cartridge paper(panoramic long landscape)
  2. A couple of mixed medias painting upon a collage of coloured papers, which is following the last exercise.

I think I am going to experiment for the first attempt for this assignment also I haven’t done this way much before.

This is very useful video which is about dip pen and nibs for drawing techniques.

Bear in my mind the task is every SINGLE LINE should be useful.

I have used more than a half month with the sketchbook for practicing the hatching skill, just for preparing this assignment.  I am not bothered about the mess and mistakes doodling in the sketchbook. Which lets me know how the mistakes can be avoided for the next time.

There are 4 points for my hatching and crosshatching drawing tips

  1. Don’t rush to drawing. Don’t use about 10 minutes to rush to finish a section before you rush out off the door.
  2. Take time. Even my deadline is very close, if I haven’t practice the lines well don’t put the nips down to the papers.
  3. Consistant line. Keep the lines tidy and clean.
  4. Take breaks.

A quick sketch which is about a long landscape still life on the corner in the kitchen. I have to use two lines then the second is as the extension of the right corner bit.


I divided a A1 cartage white paper into two parts then stick on my A1 drawing board. (I really wish I have a A0 board but unfortunately this is my biggest one.)

Step 1: To plan the elements of the still life in this long paper by pencil.


I just realised the left corner of the second paper has too many on it, so I have to cancel the cross section of the onion. Then the final elements will be 18 and as below.


As this is a very complex still life and special layout so I have to take them down from the drawing board to connect them to see the entirety.


Well when I was taken this photo I missed out the last mushroom and the corner.

I realised the right section is higher up than the left, so then I have to correct them. I am going to keep this view and perspective then to add some elements to get right balance. The onion is on the right hand corner then I now have 21 elements.

Step 2: To draw the outline of these elements by mark pen, dip pen with ink and felt tip pen.


I did the outline drawing for each element finishing with the pineapple. The i finished the detail of the pineapple straight after using a felt tip pen on the darker half tone. Then I used an eraser to remove the pencil marks, which smudged a little. This was OK in the dark areas but moved my original lines a little. My first plan was a sort of scatchboard illustration effect but this was not working.

This has actually cost me lots of time for this layout. I have planned for a few days  the lines and tone. How long are they? Which direction(follow the elements’ shape)? As this time the sketching practice is actually helping to capture the elements’ shapes and scramble line even though they are messy and rough.

When the course mates were talking about the techniques for drawing and does the learning students really need the basic techniques? I was really rushing to finish my assignment as I haven’t any time to read very carefully and write any comments because the of the deadline. I really appreciate they are focusing on the points that about the artists future. As my this assignment my work will be real instead of by robot in 50 years?

Should I continue with black and white or change my picture to include colour?

Material Differences(Exercise)

For the drawing course I am doing up to now I have drawn a few still life and interior drawing. Also I have tried using a few different medias like pencil, charcoal, conte, pastel and ink etc. I did quickly look at the assignment number two and I have a preconception that this exercise will be a bridge to the final assignment.

So for the multi materials attempt of this exercise I am going to add a collage to my multi media experiment of my drawing skills.

I have chosen a corner of my sketch which a bit of the interior and also a still life.  For this image I am using the following photo.


Step 1: Practice on an A4 sketchbook


Thought in this rough sketch I am going to observe the elements’s position, size and space in this interior corner. There are some problems I need to improve in the next drawing:

  1. The biggest element is the kettle but the coffee jar is nearly same size as it. It is behind the kettle and as with the perspective it should be smaller than it is now.
  2. The toaster should be bigger and it should in the right place.
  3. The tea mug is smaller than it is.
  4. To improve the perspective.

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Step 2: Stick an A2 white cartridge paper on drawing board. Then I will start the collage piece on this basic paper. Keep in my mind the spaces in this interior work and the ways for collage areas:

  1. Thought the colourful papers on this cartridge in random? (This idea works for abstract work)
  2. Divide and separate into difference regions(This idea works for create craft work, it maybe lost the artistic creation):
  • Divide into 3 pieces in horizontal bands: back wall(tile), counter/plat level(still life), and vertical cupboard
  •  Divide into 3 pieces of vertical bands: left side, middle with the main elements and right side after the corner/diagonal of the counter.
  • Divide into 9 pieces composite using  both of the above.

It is still a crude idea in my mind I will use the above points both to make a draft now.

Put the newspapers piece on the cartridge paper.


Roughly sweep some watercolour on the base which I just made.


Quickly arrange the elements into the image.


I have used the charcoal for the coffee jar and chocolate bottle, the conte stick for kettle and Yorkshire tea box, oil pastel for the toast machine and tea mug set and the black ink/white ink for the rest.

Next step I am going to tidy up and add some details for these elements. The soft pastels may  be used.


Overall I was feeling this is very interesting process to work with but I couldn’t really control the detail. like:

  1. The Yorkshire tea box the perspective on the top is not correct.
  2. The tea mug’s handle and the left bottom need to be improve.
  3. I just release there is a seam across the top of the coffee jar on the top. I don’t know how to deal with it.
  4. The toaster should be more deeper.
  5. Through the whole process I don’t want to draw the divided the tiles. I don’t know why that it is probably the collage pieces are disorganized there. Or I could try?


The tiles haven’t any perspective feeling, it maybe that i was hurrying to put them on.

This time I have used the watercolour as the base I can also try gouache, acrylic and gesso later. There are many ways to discover and advance a collage in drawing.


Research point-Domestic interiors and their works

For this lesson I am going to learn about some contemporary artists who focus on domestic interiors and analyse their choice of content, medium, format,etc. Consider how their work reflects its context in terms of era, fashion, mood, current issues, and so on.

Kenneth Howard OBE RA was born 26 December 1932. Howard is an English artist and painter. He was President of the New English Art Club from 1998 to 2003.

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Howard’s works in a traditional manner. His strong observation and a high degree of draughtsmanship combined with tonal precision. Meticulously painting the perspective for interior in the first picture and rigorously outside of window in second picture. He uses Light highlights as a strong and recurrent element of his work.

These two images are from recent years. They  clearly  show the audiences, especially like the art students how to depict light, perspective and still life layout etc.

Patrick Heron (30 January 1920 – 20 March 1999) was a British abstract and figurative artist. One of his work Bogey’s Bar (Woburn Place) in February, 1937.


He chosen space hierarchy through the bar and its window. The whole interior seems covered with grey colour with a little bit of pale pink then the light source and high light on the background which is outside of this scene.

This image looks very dignified and imposing. It shows clear  perspective in this room, also the building outside looks very strong. I can see the work and the fashion are traditional style and it is in 1930’s.

Cressida Campbell (born 1960) is an Australian artist.

‘Interior with red ginger’ 1998


‘Interior, Margaret Olley’s house’ 1992


Campbell’s work is a combination of painting and printing and every one is a unique woodblock. I have found a blog which is her talking about her experience:

Before I start a picture I have either seen the subject or thought about the subject for quite a while. I then will begin the work on a piece of plywood (any thickness works for me!) and draw a line drawing in pencil of the subject from life. I then carve the fine line using an engraving power tool from Kyoto. After rubbing out the pencil and lightly sanding the block I paint the block using water colour paint thickly.

When finished, I then spray the block with water and place a dampened piece of Stonehenge paper on the block. Pressure is applied to the back of the paper by hand using a small rubber ink roller. When enough paint comes off onto the paper the print is lifted off.

A small work may take two weeks to complete from the drawing to the end result, a large work may take four months. I usually work on one picture at a time but I will often put a drawing away for months before carving and painting it.

Campbell is a contemporary artists. I do like her depiction of the grace and style  in the painting, especially her beautiful home. We can with her words above that she is really carefully to treat every piece of image. Her process  with the work first from carving  then as a hand painted water colour print. Her precision and striving  for the best is admirable.

I wish to view one of her work in progress to learn some skills.

Composition-an interior(Exercise)

Look carefully at the angles and areas of my chosen view and note where objects are placed. Keep shifting my viewpoint until I find one that pleases me. Look for strong tonal contrasts, textures, linear qualities and strong positive and negative shapes.

In each sketch shift my viewpoint or eye level. By shifting the viewpoint up or down, or moving in and out.

I have chosen one side of my living room where I will stand in the porch then face the wall and one way is going upstairs, then another way to my kitchen.

First sketch is sitting on the floor , looking up to the wall, quick linear drawing by ink with brush on A3 white sketchbook.


This sofa’s two arms are completely difference. The perspective does need to improve.

Second sketch is from standing on the windowsill then looking down. I had trouble with this as there is not a lot of room for my body to fit. For this one I have to take some photos. Charcoal on A3 white sketchbook.



Third sketch is another attempt looking down and using conte stick on A3 sketchbook


The last one I feel comfortable with was done by standing on the floor to sketch the normal view and took me a few hours. A3 white paper of sketchbook by dip pen and ink.


I am happy with most of the bits but the stairs are really need bit of a tidy and the sizes are much bigger then they should be.

The dip pen drove me a bit crazy to start but finally I controlled it and it is getting better the more I use it.

The dip pen technique for me is still really difficult and I do need to learn a lot. Next job is watching You tube to learning the skill from some artists.


Quick sketches around the house(Exercise)

Take my sketchbook or larger sheets of paper fastened to a drawing board together with a selection of drawing media. Aim to work my way around most of the rooms in my house over several sessions and maybe also areas outside the house such as the garden shed.

I have to leave the outside of house until Spring or Summer as it was snowing yesterday here. So I will make sketches from my living room now.

Easy to grab my carry on sketchbook A5 with black ball pen:


My porch and my shoe cabinet. The whole image is not in the right perspective.  The top arch is not correct.

A3 drawing board, Ink, water and brush for bathroom.


The middle of the tile’s perspective is not correct.

Then I am back to living room and with a wider view. A3 paper with soft pastel.

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The main problem is the vacuum looks like a multi-level cake.

I turned around and to draw another side on A3 paper by conte stick.



At last I am going to my kitchen. A3 paper with oil pastel.


The left edge should be a bit higher up in the elevation.

I have found out that the perspective for corners is the most difficult to draw but they also attract and stimulate my imagination. I have focus on those points to practice.

When I looked back I think I like the third attempt which is the living room to the porch because its perspective is better than others(but it is not the best). I enjoyed every sketch while I was doing them. The living room with stairs and its the way to upstairs I would like to practice more in the future. I am looking forward to drawing and getting greater detail for the following exercises.