For this assignment, I was able to choose my own source material and media based on the development that I have made throughout the various projects in part two.
I decided first to explore the idea of an interior scene, as I feel that my exploration in this area was successful. I liked the lines made by the fireplace in my living room, and so I decided to create some explorative sketches on this area.
I first tried a portrait format.
I felt like there was not enough room for detail in the piece, and I wanted to include colour from the coal bucket. I moved the coal bucket up onto the hearth, and tried a landscape format.
I was not happy with my first composition, so used the sketch to experiment with the thick 6mm ink dip pen on the burner. I liked the effect of this, and I could see the potential for it to work alongside pencil, so I tried a more compact composition.
For this piece, I liked the pencil work for the shadowing, however as I was working on it, I thought back to my assignment 1 feedback. In my assignment 1, my piece was too rushed, and I tried to force every technique I had learnt into one piece. As I took a step back, I realised that I was trying to do this again, and it was becoming too busy. I really liked the top left corner, with the contrast between ink and 6B-9B pencils, however I tried to hard to incorporate colour and mark making with biro.
I decided to take a step back and re-evaluate what I wanted my assignment piece to be. I took a look back at my exercises throughout this part, and I chose my favourite two. These were Project 1, Exercise 1 and Project 2, Exercise 4.
I really liked these two pieces due to the extreme detail I managed to incorporate into exercise 1 with different grades of pencil, and the colour that I put into assignment 4 to accentuate the colour of the subject material.
I decided to use these pieces to create a new composition. This time exploring the idea of fruit again, yet using coloured pencils to gain a good sense of colour and tone.
I really liked the birdseye view from the previous exercises, and so this helped to inspire my final composition.
My final piece:
Overall I am really happy with my final piece. I managed to depict colour with an interesting composition, in a simplistic, however unique style. I believe that I gained a lot of mark making skills throughout the assignment, yet I believe that I have improved since the last submission, as I have found a way to show my skills without creating a full and messy composition. If I was to try with assignment again, I would experiment with using red ink instead of pencils, to try and get a more glossy finish to mirror the texture of the fruit.