Research point-Fabric and form&Human with clothes

Now I am turning to a very big challenge of a learning section, part 4 which is the figure and the head.

To start off this part I am going to learn other artists’ works from fabric and form.

For me, I first know and learn to draw the lining cloth when I was young and started off learning geometric solid and still life sketching but I am never confident on that. I also tried on my sketchbook recently but I haven’t got one I am completely happy one with.

So for this research lesson, I seriously need to observe other artists’ work and improve my works.

Edgar Degas (1834-1917)


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Leonardo da Vinci ( 1452–1519)

Draperies (Leonardo da Vinci).


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Look at these traditional classical artists’ works. They are realist painters. The fabric is a pronounced sense of three-dimensionality and the effect is giving a  feeling of light and shade.

Then I searched some modern artist’s work and my eyes were focused on a clothing drawing.

Safet Zec (born 1943)

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This image is a clear one for drawing students for observe the artist’s technique with line and tone also mark and making skills.

The other area of fabric drawing I am thinking would be the fashion designer. They could be expressive or abstract I never know if I will give a go for practice?

Assignment 4 Magazine illustration-Part 2

I think it is difficult to draw this at the moment because it is too close to home with recent events.  No figures that I can draw can explain the blood bath that has occurred recently.

So I collected some pictures from website like:

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First I am going to do some sketches.

First sketch I used one of the picture that has a shoe and a bloody clothes combined with some Autumn’s leaves on the street as my still life.


Then I thought to use a baseball cap to instead of the clothes with a leaf is falling down to the road from the sky. This reminds me there are some young people dead in this terror attack.

I used pen and a little bit of watercolour for this effect

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This morning (Nov. 15th) I have read a story from a website which is about a 38 year old woman who is waiting for her 37 year old husband to come back home. On the afternoon of 13th November her husband had gone to work as normal in the Cambodia restaurant in the 10th district.  His wife was waiting for him to come back to spend lovely weekend together. When this writer published this story there was nothing in the news about what had happened to him but this wife knew the restaurant has been attacked. She didn’t call the police because she knew how busy the officers are and in fact her main reason is she doesn’t want to believe her husband is dead.

She still calls her husband by phone many times since the attack happened because she’d like to believe her husband’s phone’s batteries flat. (Unfortunately she has still not got through to him on the night of 13th).

So this story made me associate with people who have lost family and are struggling with disaster. In my mind she maybe got some news from the hospital or police or maybe still is keeping calling or waiting beside the telephone or mobile phone.

Now my first thumbnail which is basic still life is of a telephone, a mobile phone and a car key. The women is organised and attentive that if there is any news from hospital that she will be ready to visit her husband right now.


To improve my still life


Sketches-Developing style

As to be a illustrator I know the sketches are very important to me and I am short of practice.

In my normal everyday life how can I to find subjects to draw? Also how do I find the time to do this?

At odd moments I think I’d like to draw some stick figures that I can just quickly jot down. The figures could be like wimpy kid or Keith Haring etc but they are famous artists.

As I started I knew things would be difficult and strange but I need to be sufficiently dedicated to stay the course.

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After Paris attacks, many people are struck with panic and So am I.

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A inept pheasant

Modern kids

Assignment 4 Magazine illustration-Part 1

This assignment will give me the opportunity to demonstrate my developing style, use of tools and materials.  This is very useful practice for an illustrator I am happy to work on it. I can examine other work and try to improve mine. I will use watercolour, pencils and inks to provide work for this exercise.

The brief

A magazine wants an illustration on one of the following topics:

Lost               Disaster                   Discovery                     Guilty secret

They want an illustration based on a still life. I have the freedom to select the items for the still life and I am given creative free reign.The rest of the content, the method I use to produce it and the colours I use are all for me to decide.

What to do

  1. Produce a well-observed and objective drawing.
  2. Consider the materials to use and do thumbnail alternative compositions to explore variations and formats.
  3. Distort my drawing to convey the essence of the word.
  4. Each decision I make should contribute to the overall description of the theme.
  5. Choose to eliminate the line or to build a tonal version of the drawing.
  6. I may introduce a character, narrative or modify my original still life.
  7. Take the visual through to final artwork.
  8. Working at a maximum A3 size.


I began by searching some posters to give me inspiration for this assignment.


From Mattson Creatove:

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From Phantom City


From Pixel Curse:


From Pavlikdesign on Etsy


Above Images are very simple design. These graphic designs are clear and bold. I will try to learn from these.



Disaster(above): Broadcast receivers can help the enemy sink you Don’t use them!
Artist: Edward T. Grigware, (1941-1943)
Poster for Thirteenth Naval District, United States Navy, showing Japanese and German submarines and planes targeting a ship on the horizon.
Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress)

From AKDN Posters:


From  Malice Bathory 


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From Roger Mortimer-Smith




I can’t decide which poster I am going to do for this assignment. So I try to start off with lost and disaster. Then I will brainstorm for ideas and create a spider diagram.

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When I had finished these I went to bed early because I was very tired. While I was sleeping the events in Paris were all over the news media. What a horrible night for Paris I looked at the news and other media to get some ideas for reference.


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These pictures bring forward the sadness of the awful events and the effects on everyday people. This is a still life which is about war.

White Guard (Aleksandr Ustinovich, 2004)


Oil painting by William Chapman Sharpe


In these pictures I see the artists attempts to portray the horror of warfare and the effects on the individual.

Character development (Exercise)

Collect as many examples as possible of different characters.  I have got some human characters from newspapers and magazines. Next I had to catalogue these characters as types and create my own category headings: children, children playing, women, and men.





I got some books about drawing cartoons so that before I start the character practice for this exercise I could warm up with some cartoon characters in individual styles.

When I was cutting all these characters out I released that I am interested in some cute cartoon characters from Disney which are very popular and famous in the world. One of my favorite characters is Thumper the Rabbit from Bambi. He is such a funny and cute figure which left a deep impression on me. I also collected some pictures from websites and pasted here now.

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There is a video which is the character Thumper repeats his father’s words after being asked by his mother “What did your father tell you?”

I like the line “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”, as well as “Eating greens is a special treat, that makes long ears and great big feet. (aside to Bambi) But it sure is awful stuff to eat. I made that last part up myself”.

For the Disney character they are awesome, adorable delicate and stylish characters. For the Bambi cartoon film I can’t believe that they made excellent figures in 1942 when everything had to be hand drawn and animated.

My husband recently bought me 2 classic DVD which are Bambi and Frozen for my collection. I was amazed at the film  Bambi and also interesting the new animation of Disney on Frozen which is a recent film.

So for this exercise I am going practice a Disney face figure “Elsa”.

This is the video I found from website which is how to draw Elsa from “Frozen”

I began as a brainstorm from Disney characters and a beautiful lady’s figure.


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Draw my character from the front, from the side and from the back. I draw the outline of Elsa’s figure first.


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Then I have tried a little bit colour on my Elsa figure.

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I have tried another character who is Thumper the Rabbit from Bambi.

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Overall I think I am not that close to the Disney style yet. Some things like the characters need more indicate and refinement.

Some problem like I failed the side view on first sketch, Elsa’s eyes’ oval are too big and haven’t left any space for eyeballs and maybe I have to draw some shadows to improve my characters.

I think this is a quite interesting and useful exercise and I could do with the practice as much as I can. Unfortunately my this assignment’s deadline is past already so I have to rush to finish drawing now.

Visual distortion (Exercise)

This exercise is designed to push me through a deliberate process of stylisation. To Tackle it with an open mind and be prepared to adapt or adopt some of the approaches that I discover.

I begin by drawing a cat which is called Youie and she is my brother in law’s cat. So my ‘real’ drawing as below:

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My second drawing using no more than five lines.



Next I  made a collage, with blueberries as her head, a butterfly as a ribbon, flowers as her body, raspberries as her front legs, broccoli as her back legs and rosemary as her tail. It’s actually a surreal and a bit chaotic body.


When going to the next step, produce a drawn version (not a tracing) of my collage. When drawing, edit and select from the collage being aware of the properties you want to create a strong character.

I was struggling here because I had no idea how to create an image with fruits, vegetables, flowers or insects. I was thinking about to creating a fruit salad with a cat shape, then to put somebody with this dish on a sunny beach which has a lounger, sun umbrella etc. I did not feel that this was a strong idea. Finally I changed my collage a little bit. I added an orange bikini kit on this cat then  use this lazy and relaxing cat shape to create an image of enjoyment on the beach.


A rough sketch,I changed the cats colour so that it has stripes. A relaxing cat with an orange bikini on looks a bit funny. Then next I need to refine it.


In my final picture I changed the colour of the cat to a ginger (Tan) one. This gives more of a sunny feel to the picture. I had introduced the images of playing on the beach giving the impression that the cat is relaxing on holiday. I used a beach ball and gave the cat a drink to increase the impression of relaxing. Maybe the cat is a little drunk.

I am generally happy with the finished picture but I feel that I could have made the cat fit better in the chair.