In this session we looked at different ways of expressing the information we can see in our drawings. We were taught that it is important to look at things critically and with care, and to use varying media, in order that our drawing skills can develop.
Some specific techniques that we were taught were that:
- the use of hatching adds dimension
- the use of shadows helps describe 3D qualities
- white lines next to dark lines shows light catching objects
- using varying tones will demonstrate the amount of light and shade there is on each surface
- there can be a sudden or a gradual change in tone depending on how light is hitting the object
- tall objects will have long shadows and shorter objects will have shorter shadows
- the most highlighted area will be where the the surface is at a right angle to the light
- the light source and shadows have a reciprocal relationship
- that some light can be lifted out using an eraser
In the class we looked at the tonal range of some of our pencils and crayons through shading, smudging as a way of giving an even finish, and briefly at ways of changing hue for example shading over existing colour with a different coloured crayon.
Homework was to draw a plan of a room, once using a ruler if needed, and then to trace it freehand. We were asked to render each image using different media. Images to follow.