Exercise 1 & Exercise 2
Between the 2 exercises it was a case of being able to create some aspects of the drawing easier in one i.e. Exercise 2 was easier to produce tone and depth using the colour and build up of the cross hatching than with just one media, pen and ink.
However the variety of mark making in Exercise 1 was more interesting, diverse and inventive than with the coloured drawing.
Definition of the objects and their relationship to each other is more effective in the coloured drawing. However some transitional detail in the line drawings particularly the 2nd one of 3 stones has intriguing passages.
The difficulties of choosing just line or tone are usually in those transitions between one object and another or the background/table. Also in creating individuality of the objects like with the 3 stones in the line drawing.
Colour initially seems easier but allows me to get lazy about looking at what is happening in relation to tone – shadow etc.
(However at this stage I do need to re-do exercise 2 based on the actual instructions).
Exercise 2 – Still life in tone using colour
Actually slightly cheated as I used 4 different colours if you include white!
Found it much easier using colour rather than just line to build tone. Although I am aware I can become lazy by relying on the colour to do the work and my inventiveness with mark making tends to suffer because of it.
Creating tone with just line needs greater precision I think – it is easy to overwork a particular area and then the whole object can become too messy and confusing.
I would like to be more dramatic and dynamic when working with colour – particularly as I tend to choose coloured pencils. Need to think about trying more with pastels but past experiments have not been successful because I tend to loose the precision.