Select or create a composition comprised of man-made objects. Choose objects that offer potential for creating meaning and make notes about your ideas in your learning log.
As a Cantonese, we only have stir-fry and steam food at home when I was young. We did not do home baking. I’ve only started learning baking from TV cooking programmes recently and I quite enjoy it. I choose to draw some of my baking instruments for this exercise.
Here are some images of thumbnails from my sketchbook.
I quite like the first one. I simplified it and developed it into the final drawing.
This is the final drawing with light source coming from left-hand-side from the front instead of from the back. I changed to artificial light so that I can work on it whenever I like without worrying about the forever changing angle and illumination of the natural sunlight.
This drawing took a long time. On the whole I am quite happy with the reflected light and shadows and the composition. However, I still find it difficult to draw ellipses. I know I can only improve by practising it.
Two important discoveries during this exercise were:- (a) I knew myself better. I discovered the patience and perseverance that I’ve never known to complete this drawing; and (b) pencil actually is quite forgiving. I can correct my drawings without rubbing off mistakes. I can draw on top of existing lines or extend volume of an object by adding bits to it.