During this week I took part in several different drawing workshops: the aim was to teach us different ways to think about and approach drawing. During the workshops we paid close attention to; pattern, colour, texture and form of the objects. The sources for our drawing came from the objects we collected as part of the “Box Clever” task. There were a total of three workshops, each was geared towards a different specialism (but all drawings can be used for inspiration for all technical blocks) the first being:
Wrappings and Windings: Weave
This workshop saw us take one object from the box and analyse the colours of the object. We wrapped threads and yarn around card to create colour studies of the object. I had done this exercise before but never in as much detail, I found this workshop particularly helpful as it forced me to concentrate and be accurate when choosing colours. We could get creative with the windings and create different patterns and layers to weave the yarn which changes the overall look of the winding. We were not only limited to using yarn, we could use other materials such as fabric, paper, wire and anything else; this allowed us not only to represent colours but also think about the texture of our object. I then repeated this processes for the other objects in my box.
I feel that some of the more delicate windings (used mostly thinner threads) worked well, they look neat and I think they could easily be translated into woven fabric. At times I found it difficult to represent the colours accurately; it’s easy to get carried away in the winding and use colours you think will work well together but not necessarily what is in front of you. From this and talking to my tutor, we discussed doing a few more windings but paying closer attention to the colours and thickness of the threads. This was useful as it makes it much clearer which windings came from which objects. Personally I think I could improve by making more windings; and attempting to weave the yarns more to create an interesting effect.
Mark Making and Drawing: Stitch
In this workshop we were asked to choose one object from the box and use mark making to analyse the object. We were tasked to fill an A2 sheet of paper with marks. Using only pencils (various tones), graphite stick and an eraser. The limited supplies meant that we had to focus on the marks and if we wanted to add any kind of depth we had to do so creatively. Some ways in which I got varied line thicknesses was the way I held the pencil (straight on or side on), using cross-hatching, dots and other techniques to create the marks. We then had t0 create 3D drawing of our object using the marks. the drawings should be from various angles and colour by the whole or part of the object.
I really enjoyed the first half of the task. looking at my object I was sceptical if could fill an entire A2 sheet with marks, but it was surprisingly easy. This taught me that often I don’t spend enough time looking at the object – I don’t get all of the information out of it before I move on from the drawing stage. The drawing of the objects I found a little more difficult as this is not my strong suit. I also found it difficult to start with the mark making to form the shape of the 0bject rather than starting with a line drawing. However I do think that the outcome of using the marks is much more effective and gives a more polished, rounded look to the object. It creates depth and ensures that you put all the right visual information back into the drawing that you just received from the mark making. To improve on this workshop, I could spend more time doing the drawings – looking more carefully at the objects and learning how to accurately depict them.
Swatchbook : Print
In this workshop we were creating swatches of pattern. This workshop is aimed at the print pathway so I kept that in mind when creating my swatches. We filled an A4 sketchbook with different sized swatches – all hand drawn using various types of media, such as; fine liners, chalk, acrylic paint, pencils, graphite stick etc… The first half of the book is all black and white, whilst in the second half I began to introduce colour to the swatches. The drawings we created are not like for like with the object but rather they are of a small section of the object / a specific pattern that I have chosen to look into. This creates much more abstract patterns which can then be used to print with.
I really enjoyed this workshop, I found this method of drawing very beneficial as it was easy to see how the small drawings could be applied to the print pathway. I was also able to experiment with different styles of drawing e.g sketchy, graphical, colour drawings etc… The first page of my swatchbook are fine liner drawings. I had initially thought about going back over them and working into the drawings with different materials but after some feedback from the tutor we decided that the drawings were quite nice left as they are. At points I found the drawings difficult as I felt I had exhausted the objects – to overcome this I collected more objects to look at as well as repeating some of the black and white drawings but in colour form. Some of the black and white ones I felt would look better in colour, I also created several colour ways of one print drawing to experiment with which one worked best for the design.
Drawing Week was very helpful in demonstrating different ways to approach drawing. Each workshop made me focus on the objects individually and create detailed drawings based on the observations I made- looking at colour, pattern and form. I think I now have a good grounding and set of work going forward into the technical blocks.