Select some more objects but, this time, concentrate on natural rather than man- made elements.
These images on the left are from my A4 sketchbook trying out composition of a different natural objects.
Initially I chose some eggs and home grown garlics. They both are round objects. I placed them on a tea towel to prevent the eggs from rolling away. Later I changed to onions because they are better match with garlics.
Inspired by the colour drawings in the course book, I’ve also tried out different media – oil pastel, soft pastel, sharpie marker pens and ballpoint pen. but at the end, I did the final drawing with a ballpoint pen because I’ve not yet used it in a large drawing and I like to see its effect .
The composition of the garlics and onions is similar to the thumbnails but I decided not to draw the tea towel and the board because they are not natural objects. Furthermore, the garlic stems stand out better without the tea towel and the board. I like the curves of the stem and they also provide a link between the two groups. However, I don’t think I have quite achieved the rule of third that I’d originally planned with the garlics at the lower-left third junction and the onions at the upper-right third one.
Review your work for the last two exercises and make notes on the following:
Is it easier to suggest three dimensions on man-made or natural objects? Try to explain your answer.
No, I don’t think there are much difference in suggesting three dimensions between man-made or natural objects. They both rely on how the shapes and forms are depicted; relationships between objects; and lights and reflections as well.
How did you create a sense of solidity in your compositions?
use variation of tonal values; weight of lines; reflected lights and shadows.
Did changing the arrangement of your composition make a difference to your approach and the way you created a sense of form?
Yes, it did. Putting an object in front of another shows forms and solidity easier in particular with the play of reflected lights and cast shadow. I think the composition impacts on the choice of media too. Some media do not work well with detailed and complex groups.