Review your sketchbooks and project work: scale, cropping, selection, flexibility and judgment and develop one of these areas for your assignment piece. Your subject can be anything you like but, should set up an intriguing and engaging composition.

Reviewing what I have covered in this first section of Investigating Drawing – Exploring Composition.

This review entailed a look back over the work done for the various exercises and mentally reviewing what I produced.  These works entailed exercises such as:

The repeating patterns of the exercises in section 1, followed by the space, and colour of the second exercise with parts of this linking to the use of scale the third set of exercises and finally the juxta-positioning of two body elements.

Reviewing these confirmed that I wished to continue the work I was doing in the last project, Human Form.

For this assignment I have looked at feet and hands.  These parts of the body can tell us a lot about a person.  Much of the visual clues we discern in life revolve around the use of body language.  And prime amongst the visual clues are the use of hands.  Feet are often overlooked appendages of the body.  They support us all day, suffer abuse when our rage leads us to kicking heavy immobile objects, they are often the tools of our trade or fun when we play football.  So I decided to have a look at these often overlooked body parts. FEET!

Before I arrived at this momentous decision I thought to draw hands so the set of images start with a couple of ink drawings of hands.  A new ink fountain pen (a Fude angled nib pen) was the instrument that drew these hands.  I had got it earlier in the month for my birthday and haven’t had a chance to us it yet.

Ink on cartridge paper (near A3 size) drawn with bent nibbed fude fountain pen


Chalk and pitt pencil on black cartridge paper


Tiptoe pose L: chalk and pitt pencil on black cartridge paper Graphite pencil on cartridge paper


This is a pose I like and will return to again.  The tension in the arched feet can be seen in the stretched ankle and Achilles tendon and also underfoot on the soles.  A less cropped pose would also include tension in the calves and further up the leg.

Graphite pencil on A3 cartridge paper Various poses of feet on desk
Chosen pose for assignment piece Pose, crossed ankle elevated feet

The various poses and trial drawings leading up to the assignment piece are shown above with the final assignment piece reproduced below.

Rather than complete a fully shaded and rendered drawing such as the feet on the earlier project piece I decided I wanted a livelier piece.  This I felt could be achieved by a more dynamic line and shading technique.

To keep the lines lively I drew it quickly with little correction required to the lines.  This structure was then shaded and formed by the use of line shading hatching using the direction of these to suit the facets of the limb where possible.  To achieve greater depth these lines were re-stated to produce greater depth.

Assignment 1 – Final Piece A3 sized B6 Graphite pencil on heavy cartridge paper

Reflection – Part 1

Below is noted my reflections on the outcomes and my progress through section 1 and the course to-date.  Before that I have noted why this assignment submission is at least one month late.

This course was quite fragmented and a bit of a challenge to get into, though that was not from lack of effort or a willingness to do so.  I signed up for this course in December and through that month prepared my portfolio pf work for assessment for Watercolour 1.  Once this was away in the post I then had the opportunity to start on the Drawing 2 course but this was interrupted by the issue of returning to work!

I had been on sick leave for the previous 6 months after a bad leg injury last summer.  Catching up with work after such a period off and then having the energy in the evening to progress with Drawing 2 proved too difficult at times compounded by a bad cold.  But that is all behind me and work is still work at times is not proving such a physical challenge, apart from the stairs up to my office.

This is not a moan but a celebration that I did make it off the Welsh hill nearly in one piece with the aid of the ambulance and fire services.

Reflection against Assessment criteria

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills

Materials, techniques, observational skills, visual awareness, design and compositional skills

I think I have shown a good demonstration of observation and technical skills in many of the drawings in this section of the course and especially the assignment piece.  At times I have forgone accuracy of detail and proportion in order to have a more dynamic and lively drawing.

I am trying to develop my visual awareness and technical skills by doing drawing in ink with no preliminaries; there is no erasing in ink!

Quality of Outcome

Content, application of knowledge, presentation of work in a coherent manner, with discernment.  Conceptualisation of thoughts, communication of ideas.

Sometimes the initial idea has become a bit obscure in the final outcome of the work.  This is evident in Project 1 where I was trying to depict the object along with the texture, shape of the object.  This was tried through a repetition of shape and texture (frottage).

Whilst I had some good ideas I don’t think they always made it entirely or in part onto the paper, at least from my perceived outcomes.  I feel that I am slowly growing into the course – Drawing 2, maybe the fractured start did affect the quality of the work at times.  Hopefully enough hints are there of the possible quality to come and what I was hoping to achieve in certain pieces.

Demonstration of Creativity

Imagination, experimentation, invention, Development

Creativity was shown in several of the project through the use of subject matter as well as allying them with techniques media.  I purchased some materials which I had hoped would result in freer working and drawing (something I perceive can be a problem at times!).  I used XL graphite and charcoal sticks which physically resemble a chunk of broom stick so fine lines and fiddley detail as not possible or even attempted.  Changing the scale allowed me to use a bit of imagination to create a city of sewing utensils.

However, not all the outcomes reached the heights of successful outcomes, though I am quite pleased with some!


Reflection, research (evidenced in learning logs).  Critical thinking (evidenced in critical review).

After studying Matisse’s works I set up a still life to replicate the method and style of his work (drawing 1-2-07).  In the figure studies in Project 4 though tightly cropped I have managed to add context in many of them as to what the sitter is doing and indeed who they may be!

Awaiting the completion of documenting them are several visits to galleries to aid research and also which were of interest.  These will be noted in my learning log (blog) on gallery visits.  Two in recent weeks were of special interest and of relevance: Drawing Biennale and Reading Drawings.  The latter a look at the inscriptions on old drawings, which were mostly in the academic style, this was in sharp contrast with the range of style and medium on show at the Drawing Biennale.