Stick & Stones

Wednesday 7th Feb

Contemporary Realism Drawing Class 2

Our topic last week was natural objects and texture. After viewing some inspiring images by artists practiced in detailed botanical work, we took some cues from their artworks into our warm ups, where we studied the subject from all angles, to get familiar with form and focused on tonal areas.

Then on to the more technical drawings, using graphite to render monochromatic fine drawings full of texture and details. Mark making was an important aspect of being able to achieve realistic looking texture, whether it be the rough mottling of the stone or the smooth, shiny surface of a twig bark.

The session taught us that looking, really looking, at the often overlooked - rocks and sticks - allowed us to see the abundance of textures that make these simple natural forms so beautiful.

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