I started out by considering the mark making exercise from the first part of the course and was not at all sure how I could integrate these into a formal setting like a still life.
Made a couple of fast drawings with pen and ink – currently my favourite media to get the feel of the image.
By this time I had fiddled with the placing but had not documented the different layouts. I realise I should have done this and also done some quick sketches of these and then be able to state my reasons for settling on the one which I chose. This was partly because it was so fiddly and also the other great worry I have that I can spend a lot of time on the details (like the research) as a way of putting off doing the work. This is an on-going problem as I think often the work I do quickly has more character.
Kept looking at the mark making exercise and chose the media that I enjoyed working with the most, charcoal, compressed charcoal, pen and ink, pencil (to a certain extent), conte sticks.
Part way through the drawing. I like the plant in the flowerpot but when I made a wash of the leaves they turned brownish which is less satisfying. Could have been more precise with drawing this but I was beginning to get rather fidgety with the whole thing I have found it hard to stay with the process and make careful decisions about what media to use where. Was thinking that although it is a still life I want it to have life and the type and variety of marks and tone should be doing that. In some places – like the shadow of the sweet potato it has become expressive.
The complexity and variety of shadow direct and indirect I found difficult and at this point paused the work for a few days. During this time the bitter gourds started to ripen and their colour changed dramatically. Love the colours but they are starting to rot…
Thought I had better do a sketch in case I loose them completely.
I really like this because I think I captured the textures of the vegetable and the marks are interesting. However as you will see in the final drawing I did not draw with the same spontaneity and the images are less successful.
The final drawing