Today Tony told us we were going to draw the most difficult object – and also do some visualising. We also covered some perspective theory.
We worked in pencil which he said could be ‘brittle and unforgiving’ – but on the other hand preserves more of the content of the mark making than charcoal for example. We were told to rub out using a paper towel – as more graphite gets transferred on to it it makes more interesting rubbings out.
Drawing a piece paper
The difficult object was a piece of paper placed on the floor. I’ve heard other teachers at City Lit talk about time spent at art school drawing a piece of paper.
We first drew the paper roughly – mine seemed okay – however of course it wasn’t at all.
We were asked to measure it in several ways – horizontally – looking at the angles – and vertically – looking at the triangles.
When I measured horizontally I found that there were the lengths of the sides the top and bottom were hugely out. Addressing this meant measuring all the horizontal and vertical angles again – took from 10am to lunch time.
We were also shown one and two point perspectives – how we could use lines of perspective to check on the angles.
The another piece of narrower paper was placed on the left, one on the right, then several more. I found this extremely difficult and didn’t manage to draw them all, took nearly the rest of the afternoon.
Finally we took some time to look at everyone’s picture and tried to visualise what we could see. Tony said mine looked a bit like a scrap yard. We were allowed to add to what was there to enhance the visualisation – I put in a wheel shape – probably went against using what was there – it was completely extraneous. However it felt okay in the end. We were allowed to use shading and an eraser to enhance what we’d done.
I didn’t really enjoy the day – have practised a couple of times during the week – not sure I’m confident about these aspects.