This was generally a difficult exercise for me. Chose 3 round objects:- a melon, a tennis ball and a small round pewter (silver reflective) vase. Worked with ink and a stick on Khadi paper.
I had previously tried a number of experiments in sketchbook on using line both in white ink and black ink on different papers.
Composition – I don’t think this is very successful but had tried different placements and was trying for something more “contemporary” . However I do like the variety of marks particularly on the melon and tennis ball which can be achieved. After a while I got into more experimentation with mark/line than being effective about being able to build up the tones and drawing the composition together.
I am interested in the pewter vase but it does not “read” as what it was/is.
Moved on to depicting 3 stones gathered from the beach. Each are interesting in themselves and drawing the objects together makes the composition more effective but still not that interesting. Tried so many placements where I could see the contrasts in the types of rock: 1 chalk, 1 flint, 1 smooth with variety of tones.
Again drew with ink and stick on Khadi paper – all laid on a piece of paper which had folds on it. Actually think that the folded paper added quite a lot to the piece and helps with definition. Altogether it is a more successful piece of drawing and the media suits the subjects to an extent but not entirely.
Learning: Could spend more time on this type of drawing but perhaps using different materials combined.
Final piece using the same 3 stones + 1 more and used a drawing pen with washable ink. This was on plain white paper. Composition less successful – is there something about odd numbers and composition : 1,3,5 etc.
I suppose this is a bit of a cheat by using water to create tone. Some of these stones are really interesting and could achieve a better outcome. Not sure that the use of line for this project works for the subjects I have chosen.