This was harder than the previous assignment to put onto A2. The picture seems to naturally fit better on A3 which is the reason I have included both. I haven’t used colour as I wanted to express the negative space between the nuts using charcoal. This is a medium I am growing more used to and enjoy the strength of colour it can bring.  There are only three different types of nuts but I like the mixture. For me it shows the diversity of the natural world. Although there are only three different types of nuts each one is totally unique and needs to be drawn individually without any preconception from the others surrounding it. I have tried to do this as much as possible although it was challenging. Drawing the negative space didn’t really work as I did find I was drawing the nuts themselves. I much prefer the A3 version in pencil. I feel the nuts have far more character and depth.

This is the A2 version

A3 Version


As most of the preliminary work is submitted to the tutor I have decided only to post up the final pictures. The first is the man made forms. I didn’t anticipate using pastels originally but I had enjoyed using them so much I couldn’t resist using them to add colour. I should probably have used more construction lines in this drawing and I couldn’t get the upper portion of the corkscrew look correct. It was also the first drawing I did on A2. This was quite daunting but since doing this I much prefer drawing on larger paper sizes. It makes me feel less restrictive and the movements of the pencil can be less tight and more fluid.

General Drawing

Before Starting my first assignment I decided to try drawing from photos to practice tone and shading. It highlighted that I still struggle with proportion.  I think this will improve with practice though. I also learnt that shading was a about good detailed observation and watching as closely as possible how the light falls across an object. Sometimes the movement of the light is gradual and other time it is quite a sharp contrast. I am not particularly pleased with the output from the pictures below but I think it shows my development as it is better then drawings I would’ve produced just a couple of months ago.


Developing texture seems to be essential to convey the essence of the object. Frottage was a disappointing way of developing texture as it seemed very haphazard. Also, I struggled with the technique and finding suitable surfaces. Imaging the feeling of the surface was a good way to think about how it should represented by lines and marks. 

Project: Still Life

Putting together the objects for a composition seems to be as important as the positioning and drawing. Poor choice of objects and positioning can make the drawing look uninteresting and uninspiring. It also important to use the composition to draw the eye in. On my natural life drawing I feel the separation between the onion and the other vegetables can almost seem like two pictures. However,  I like this separation. I like to think it makes the viewer question whether the onion is going to be used  or is it being discarded.

It seemed easier to put the three dimensions in the man made objects. I think this is because there is less variation in texture and it was easier to see the different reflections of light. With uneven surfaces it was difficult to capture the light. Representing the reflection is important to capture solidity.

Patrick Caulfield

Patrick Caulfield (1936-2005) was part of the pop art movement of the sixties, however unlike many of his contemporaries his work was not politically motivated.  I find his use of strong vivid colours quite striking. There is a strong feeling of a cartoon or poster element to his work. His works seem to use black outline to define boundaries between elements.

The title is deliberate as  i reflect on the previous exercises. The graduations of light are very subtle and difficult to capture. I feel that is important to study the light in depth before drawing. It is necessary to understand how the main light source and the other light sources effect the object.  It takes great skill with the pencils of charcoal to reflect these accurately. I think I will need to practice far more to be able to capture the light in a way I would like.