Exercise 3 – Creating Shadow

Exercise 3Exercise 3-3

Enjoyed this much more than purely tone with charcoal.  I was able to use pens and ink which I prefer.   Not too good at formal cross-hatching but when I can be more flowing with the pen I like building up the object from the page and finding the form.

Exercise 3-4

For me there is more in this drawing – it has an energy and aliveness that I struggle to create with just tone.   Feel like my drawing skills are recovering slowly. This was drawing with a drawing pen.

Exercise 3-5

Thought I would try another one with dip pen and ink.   I like this too. Was not sure whether I could have worked this one further but somehow I like the way form is implied rather than fully drawn.


I do like working faster which working with pen allows somehow.  Or maybe it is more my thing.   As far as this way of working is concerned perhaps it points a way to use my sketchbook more – get away from pencil and charcoal and into PEN & INK.



Exercise 2 – Observing Shadow

Exercise 2

I don’t know why but I find working solely in tone really difficult and had put off doing this exercise.  So with the tried and tested method I jumped in prepared to make a mess if necessary.  Found it very difficult not to “draw” i.e. as in line rather than tone but struggled on and found some form but not particularly happy with them.

Exercise 2-2

Again a bit at sea with this.  Everything has a tendency to merge and finding the difference in the tones was a little more successful. Not very happy working in just charcoal.  Feel I am not in charge and end up making marks without actually contemplating what they are representing.


It is a hard discipline not to retreat into making outlines of objects and to struggle to find their form and make them real on the page.  One of the aspects that I have found hard coming back to drawing is developing my concentration for looking again.  Trying to stay with the task but finding I have to walk away and come back to look again.  Keeping focus is something that I will have to concentrate on developing.