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Oh man I’m really behind with these posts, going to try and get on top of them asap.

Notes from talk before drawing:

Emma Dexter – Vitamin D (wrote the introduction)

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Vitamin D book cover

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Ed Ruscha

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Space by Ed Ruscha

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Drawing

  • Observation
  • Visual note-taking
  • Analytical tool
  • Creative idea development
Visual concepts to explore within drawing
  • line
  • space
  • tone
Practice makes perfect
Ed Rusha
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Pay Nothing Until April by Ed Ruscha
Paintings/words which don’t seem to work together
Juxtaposed
Rejecting materialism
Questioning corporations
Pop-art movement
Gunpowder & graphite drawings
Self-imposed exile from painting to concentrate on drawing (3 years)
I can see what Ed Ruscha’s point is, questioning advertisement and art, and I can appreciate the skill in the painting, but I don’t think his style is something that I’d want to copy. His gunpowder/graphite drawing on the other hand is something that I do very much appreciate. There is something about the dark and smoothly smudged background that works very well as well as the texture of paper that he’s managed to capture.

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Drawing 1, we were just told to draw the life model in 5 minutes. I shaded her general shape, then used continuous line. Head’s a little small, but otherwise I think it’s alright.

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Drawing 2. Started by shading just the right side of the figure, then attempted to create the outlines using only tone. Only a quick 5 min drawing, so not much to say about it.

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Drawing 3. Proportions are a little bit all over the place, like the arm looks a bit thin and the head looks a bit small. Too much reliance on outlines and also foot does not look like it’s being sat on, only makes the person look like they’re floating slightly.

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3 drawings, all done in felt pen and with continuous line. Continuous line remains one of my favourite techniques as it gives the art a bit more texture and life I think, as well as showing the mistakes made.

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Paper sculpture which I drew from

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Drawing of paper sculpture in chalk. The white contrasts well with the background, but I think I’d like to try this technique using a different object as the focus, possibly something with more surface rather than edges to draw.

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