Drawing. This week in drawing we were drawing a standing nude and using inks and water. Since I had just got back from Venice no more than two hours ago, I chose to produce a shorter drawing, which turned out to be my most successful yet!
By working from a completely new angle, I felt this drawing task allowed me to de-construct and practice drawing the female form without the extra focus on facial features. I was also far more daring with the ink and this in turn made the final drawing a much more confident and striking piece: with bold marks defining the curves and shadows. One area I feel has room for improvement is the feet which are reasonable in perspective but could have more structure to hold the body.
I also managed to finish off two pieces of homework: the first a pen drawing of the first bit of snow in Usti nad Labem! and the Second and forest using coloured pencils, ink and pen. I feel that both of these homework’s really show my development as a drawer in a variety of mediums. I am particularly satisfied with the forest drawing which holds a lot of depth in texture, shadow and colour.
Drawing. This week in drawing we continue to draw nudes but we had a change! This time we were drawing a male! The task was the same, using pencil and/or charcoal and I really enjoyed practising drawing a different body form.
When looking back at my work, I believe that overall my drawing has improved greatly and I am far more aware of proportion and physical features. Areas of improvement include: managing to fit the whole body on one piece of paper! and a new tip I learnt from my tutor about the placement and angle of the head, neck and shoulders.
Spatial Creation. Spatial creation this week was shut, due to our tutor being away. However I spent the session researching and drawing my design. I shall be producing a decorative wall hanging out of steel and potentially other metals and glass. The concept behind this piece is that it will consist of several mechanisms and at least three visual outcomes when one or more mechanism is turned/altered. The designs are still very basic but I have chosen to use ‘Geneva Mechanisms’ to make the interactive parts of the wall hanging.
Drawing. This week in drawing, I started drawing nude figures. I was looking forward to this as the previous clothed figures had become tiresome: spending so much time drawing the folds of fabric. Here is the result ( I also managed to get a photo of the studio so everyone can see the set up I am working in 🙂
Overall, I am pleased with my final drawing. Working with natural charcoal made blending and shading far more effective and I really enjoyed working with the curves of a female body. Some drawing errors were flagged up to me, including the perspective of the figure. In all honesty I knew this would be a problem before I had even started drawing and I also ran out of space and in an attempt to finish the whole person, I made her legs shorter than they actually were.
I also completed some drawing homework this week. The subject was anatomic pictures/diagrams and I chose to do a male torso. I invested a lot of time and effort into this piece and I believe it paid off!
Spatial Creation. In spatial creation, we were learning about different types of rivets. I was introduced to three kinds of rivet including a traditional domed rivet, a pop rivet and a externally threaded rivet. The task for the lesson was to make some samples that could be riveted together so we could practice using these tools and techniques.
The traditionally domed rivet was the hardest to use as it required doming the other side of the rivet after fitting it into the metal. However, I thought this was the most aesthetically pleasing of the three. The pop rivet was fast and simple, using a gun, the aluminium casing around a steel nail would be put under pressure and expand, creating tension between the two pieces of metal joined. The excess of the steel nail was also cut off in this process. The externally threaded rivet was also quite a simple process and had the aesthetic features of a domed rivet. The difference is that the rivet has threads like a screw and is hammered into place, creating a strong hold between the two pieces of metal but also allowing the top piece of metal to spin/move independently. This particular feature was inspiring to me as I may use it in my next project.
Drawing. Recently the last two weeks have been rather scattered with the bank holidays, trips to Brno and Berlin and I have struggled to keep up with the homework. However this weekend I have worked very hard and produced several drawings this week.
The first two are A2 drawings of hands and feet using biro/pen. These are my favourite drawings and in my opinion and from what I heard from others, this is one of my most successful drawing mediums. The content of these drawings gave me enough detail to work with to maintain an interest without being too much of a daunting task.
As I had missed one of the life drawing classes, I caught up by drawing my other room mate Ashton. Now my previous drawing of Aida was pretty unsuccessful, however I feel with this one, although it may not be completely accurate, it is a far more successful portrait.
Spatial Creation. This week in spatial creation I finished off my pantograph. The final bit I was working on was the clamp which would slide between the edges of desks and could then be tightened accordingly. The construction process was quite difficult as I had to create free movement on the connection between the pantograph and the clamp, but then also fix the same connecting screw in place with the clamp, creating enough tightness to hold it in place. I eventually succeeded creating an ‘average’ clamp, consisting of several nuts, screw and normal holes. Overall, I feel I could produce a much more efficent clamp, however for the time I had, I was satisfied with the end result.
Finally! I have had some success in the glass studio and have started producing some work. This week I finished off polishing my test piece of glass. The process took quite a while but was really rewarding as I was learning new processes that I knew nothing about and perfecting my technique. To smooth the cast glass you see below I had to smooth it’s surfaces and edges on two different machine and then polish it on another one. It is certainly not perfect, however to have a tactile result from a a days work is incredibly rewarding to me and I look forward to producing more pieces.
From this point onwards, I am now starting to produce some of my ideas. There is little concept as at the moment I really just want to fully understand the making process. My first design is a large cylinder (vase) which I initially envisioned to have shards of glass tacked onto the external surface, although, because of the mould making process I have chosen the shards shall be produced through melting glass into a form, as opposed to tacking. This meant I have to make the cylinder and it’s ‘shards’ to produce the mould, which is rather tricky and time consuming. The actual mould is made the same way as I learnt at Loughborough, although I have to be honest and say the Loughborough technique was far more efficient and had less complications with removing the form inside the mould. I have also just discovered that for the mould to be a success, it will have to be a two part mould, if I want to remove the glass from inside. Still, the final picture below is the result of what I have done so far, hopefully I will have made the base, the centre cylinder and cast the from by next week.
Drawing. This week in drawing was much more out of my comfort zone as we were using water based mediums such as ink and watercolour paints. The work consisted of another seated figure and the homework of two landscapes (which I am still finishing off!) Overall, I am satisfied with the face of my life drawing, the body still needs more work and I need to practice making bolder marks with ink. Although I do appreciate the subtle shades of tone that can be achieved using a water-based medium.Spatial Creation. My spatial creation class was a continuation of the Pantograph and after some research and testing I discovered that my measurements worked, Success! and spent the duration of the class designing and making and pencil grip that can slide up and down part of the pantograph for drawing. The construction of this slide, although tricky was quite a simple one, using the three parts of metal to fit round part of the pantograph structure and a M4 screw the secure it. The processes involved included Mig welding and angle grinding: both tools I have little experience with but I enjoyed the opportunity. Here is the final slide piece and by having that set in the centre and another pencil slot on the right side of the pantograph, I can create a variety of sized drawings. Next week I shall be working on a new design and finishing off the Pantograph, looking into how I can secure it’s fixed point.
Drawing. On the 11th of October, I started my second week at Ujep University. From the previous week I had been given homework, in which I had to draw a friends portrait. I chose my flatmate Aida and even though we all had colds that week, I managed to get it done. If I am completely honest with my work, I feel the proportions could be less squashed and I could have spent more time on the Aida’s arms. The second drawing class was similar to the first, consisting of a seated, clothed figure. As these drawing class are so large, there are three rooms to work in, so I had the freedom to change models and add some variety to my work. I also worked outside my comfort zone using charcoal instead of pencil. Overall, I feel this is a rather successful drawing, especially the body, although I wish I had brought a smaller charcoal stick as I struggled with detail on the face.Spatial Creation. For spatial creation we were using the techniques we had learnt last week, I.e. designing and making screws and threads, and applying them to a design. Initially, I thought of just making an object consisting of several crossing sections of steel, however that quickly turned into a far more intriguing project. After a discussion with my technician, we settled on a Pantograph, which is a piece of traditional drawing equipment that uses parallelograms to create different sized copies of a drawing or picture. By using the centre point of a Pantograph, you can replicate a drawing with ease. However, after arriving home and researching Pantographs further, I’ve realised that my measurements aren’t correct and I will need to remake parts and finish it off. Still, producing something far more technical than I’m use to and working on precision is a real experience and I look forward to creating more pieces.