I wasn’t sure at first whether I wanted to focus on a still life or an interior scene, or a combination of both.
I first read and noted the demonstrable learning outcomes from this assignment, which are the following:
- the use of colour in drawing
- the most appropriate medium for the subject
- composition and context
- mark-making and contrasts of line and tone
- accurate and expressive depiction of form
- experimentation with idea material and method.
I brainstormed and made some notes.
Thoughts for the Assignment
- I don’t want the final piece to look too ‘busy’;
- if my focus is on an interior, it needs to be interesting – creating shadow and tone, perhaps using a corner window sill;
- naturalistic approach to demonstrate fine observation;
- I want to use something with an interesting context as well as interesting composition;
- I liked the ideal of drawing a still life composition from one of my interior sketches – a couple in particular caught my interest: one was the red guitar that I drew in earlier exercises, and another was my housemates collection of esoteric/ritual objects from his alter;
- I decided to use the ritual objects, as I found that there was a range of textures, shapes and sizes to work with, and I liked the idea of drawing composition of objects that had context;
- Decided to experiment more with using colour, particularly through pastels, which I have found to be a very enjoyable and expressive medium.