Sorry I haven't posted in a while - it has been manic, yet again!
I've been producing lots of interesting stuff however... To start with at college, we made our tool. Now this was certainly interesting, as we took our equipment (photo of this is in my previous post) and made a 'painting weapon' with it, with 4 different ends where we stuck different things on, for example the bubble wrap, or the bobble lids. The hardest part of making the tool was probably trying to make sure it all stayed together! However it was really good to use something completely different, and it made the task a lot more challenging!
We started off just experimenting and seeing what marks we could make. These were the kind of outcomes I made...
The marks here are quite jagged, and they didnt make a good line, however they did produce a really interesting print, with the ridged zigzags and lines producing a nice affect.
Using a bottle lid gives you quite a specific shape, which I didn't really like. I struggled to print anything that could hae developed to make a specific shape. I feel it limited what I could produce, and to vary the tone it made it look quite messy.
I really liked this look, although it was a repetivie print, it was really good at creating quite expressive marks. The tone could also build up well using this.
Next we had to draw our pineapples using our tools. It started off just attempting to form a shape which looked vaguely like a pineapple... But with practice and repetition you can see the improvement!
This was my first attempt at drawing a pineapple, using my tool. It was a 5 minute exerise, and I did run out of time. It is on an A1 piece of paper, and I used a feather on the end of my tool. I like the texture on the body of the pineapple, but the leaves show my lack of control.
This is my favourite of all my pineapple drawings, as I love the subtle detail. I was focusing on being as delicate as possible, and not applying too much ink, as when this happened it soon became messy. The feather worked really well as it let the ink run smoothly across the page. The tone in the textured part of the pineapple worked really well, and although the line, especially in the leaves, is not perfect and does blob, I think it adds character to the piece.
This drawing was A0 size, and I used a sponge for the leaves. I don't like this as much because the lines have become very messy. The sponge was not as smooth on the page as a feather was. For the body I used a feather again, however I think on the bigger scale I struggled more to not make it into a flat pattern. The tone on the pineapple is not as good either. Although I like the fact the pineapple is not floating, the shadow, which I used the cardboard to do, makes the image look messy.
Here, I used a permenant marker on the end of my stick, to try and do a completley line drawing. The line is quite thin and there is not tone, but I do quite like it. The leaves are very straight but jagged, and I think it gives a nice affect. The proportions are quite accurate too. Although there is a king of pattern on the body of the pineapple, I think it just about gets away with it because it does curve around the pineapple shape.
We then had timed drawings...
10 minute Drawing - Here I used a sponge, and did this drawing in 10 minutes. I don't like it at all, because the outline of the leaves are far too prominant and heavy. The body of thepineapple is quite solid and the tones do not gradually change like they should have.
5 minute drawing - with the pressure building up with less time, I think this one I was still trying to control my tool too much, rather than letting go a bit more. The line is thick and clumsy, and again I think this piece loosk like a bit of a mess. I struggled with the sponge as it was hard to get a tone that wasn't either to dark or too light.
2 minute drawing - this one is a big improvement on the last one, although the outline of the leaves does annoy me. The lines are a bit too angular and trying to be too precise. The body of the pineapple needs a bit more contrast and tone.
45 Seconds drawing - this is by far my favourite of the timed drawings. I love how expressive it is, and how free the lines are. I seemed to improve when I had less time because it forced me to be less precious. I like how the object is represented without an outline, and how free and loose the marks are, without it being too rigid or messy.
Overall, I'm really happy with the outcomes of this whole task, and you can really see the improvement I make. Although have very little control was frustrating, I enjoyed the challenge.
I hope you've enjoyed looking at my work - it's very experimental at the moment but I'm excited to develop it!