Before continuing with Textiles 1 – A Creative Approach Assignment 4, I’m taking this extra Assignment from the Foundation Course to improve my confidence with Sketchbooks and making a concerted effort to spend time practising drawing.
Stage 1 – Preparation.
Taking an A1 sheet of cartridge paper, two concertina sketchbooks were constructed.
Stage 2 – Drawing from memory
The course notes suggest referring back to Part One, as I am taking this in isolation, I looked at someone else’s blog to determine what I should be using and have considered different tools, black marker pens & fineliners, charcoal, and ink.
Initially I started to work with marker pens and fineliners.
The exercise proved to be more challenging than I expected. I found it really difficult to recall my journey well enough to draw it and to think of enough scenes to fill the sketchbook. Also, I was working far too slowly, in too much detail, completing only a fifth of the piece in 40 minutes. I was frustrated that there were things I ‘couldn’t draw’. I was tempted to start again completely, but had a re-think. I covered the first two sketches with clean paper, calculated that to complete it in an hour, I shouldn’t spend more than four minutes drawing each two segment section and began again using a fine paintbrush and Quink ink.
I managed to work more quickly but still found it difficult to be spontaneous, not to worry about how it looked and took about two and a half hours to finish it, taking into account thinking/planning time.