Introduction to: Visual Arts for Animation.

During this 3 part blog, I will discuss my philosophy on drawing and its practice. Referring to artists that have influenced my journey as well as critiquing my work based on what I have learnt.

My endeavor is to interpret three-dimensional form and space through the visual medium of drawing. It is the ability to translate the subject and simplify through line and tone, simulating the world around us. Drawing is created through the balance of motivation, thought and practice.

In this blog I will discuss the exercise of creating texture and tone with pen. My objective was to create texture and a range of values. An excerpt “Creating Textures in Pen and Ink with Watercolour” (Nice) was used as a reference. Using the techniques of cross-hatching, stippling and scribble to mimic individual textures, suitable to the subject.

Still Life, 04/03/2015, Pen on Paper
Still Life, 04/03/2015, Pen on Paper

The texture was resolved by using a combination of techniques, which also created visual interest. The direction of the marks and quantity was also considered, ensuring the volume was not compromised. To expand on this idea, the contour of the form followed the direction or turn of the plane. In addition to, rendering marks to correspond to the tonal gradation of light and shadows.

Still Life, zucchini and lemons 06/03/2015, Pen on Paper

The purpose of tone is to visually depict objects on a two dimensional surface, and reinforce three dimensions. It suggests the core shadow, direct light, reflective light, and cast shadow. (How to Draw The Figure With Line and Tone, Gnass) In hindsight I would not have formed the linear silhouette but allowed the tone to suggest the edges of the subject. Our mind infers logic to object-related elements.

This theory can also be applied to an imagined light source, ensuring it stays consistent. “You cant light an object, unless you understand the volume of an object”. (How to Draw The Figure With Line and Tone, Gnass)


References

Claudia Nice, Creating Textures in Pen and Ink with Watercolour, 1995, North Light Books, Cincinnati, OH, (Excerpt on Pen & Ink techniques)

Karl Gnass, How to Draw The Figure With Line and Tone, 2014, Web (youtube),  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9FNE-IdQzk

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