I have bought new stationery, re-organised my work-space, put dividers in my course folder.....and now to work!
I decided to stick to the 'dry' exercises, rather than gather ALL materials needed for the whole project. I know that if I'm not careful, no work will ever get done!
In front of me are - collection of pencils, my stencil, some A4 paper, and the course folder.
Exercise 1 - Making marks in an expressive way - using words
Working through the exercise given, and the words 'fast', 'slow', 'hard', etc, I discover a better knowledge of my materials and their capacity to make marks.
Fast: Using quick, wrist flicking movements with a sharp 2H pencil made hard, quick, fine lines.
|Fast movements - 2H pencil|
|Slow movements - 9B pencil|
|Hard lines - F pencil|
|Sharp lines - HB pencil|
|Soft lines - 6B pencil|
|Delicate lines - 4B|
|Bumpy lines - B pencil|
|Smooth lines - 2B pencil|
|Sensuous lines - 8B pencil|
|Sad lines - 2H pencil.|
|Happy lines - 7B pencil|
|Angry lines - 3B pencil|
Exercise 1 - the finished pages:
|Fast, Slow, hard, sharp, soft and delicate marks|
|Bumpy, smooth, sensuous, sad, happy and angry marks|
Exercise 2 - Making marks in an expressive way - creating different areas of tone
I think this should be re-named 'getting to know your pencil, compare and contrast' !!
I worked through this exercise, getting tones from very dark to very light. I achieved this by using different ways of holding the pencil, and different ways of making marks.
2H pencil: Cross hatching: hard, firm lines crossed over each other repeatedly.
It was very hard to produce a really dark tone with this pencil.
|Cross Hatching - 2H pencil|
Interesting effects produced when the lines overlapped each other.
|Single direction lines - 2B pencil|
|Dotty - 4B pencil|
|Squiggly - 5B pencil|
|Vertical lines - 7B pencil|
|Soft shading - 9B pencil|
I felt this was a really good exercise in pencil control, it enabled you to control the lights and darks, especially when working within a frame. I think this exercise will come in very handy when working my way through the forthcoming projects!
Exercise 2 - The finished page:
|Different areas of tone - using a range of pencils|