Completed 6 Small Drawings

Throughout my pieces, charcoal was the main media used since it is the one I am most comfortable with. The black conté stick was also used with charcoal, and the heaviest concentration of these media is found in my cow skull drawing. Every form of graphite in the kit was used lightly throughout each piece. The heaviest concentration of their use is in the blind contour drawing, where I utilized them to shade by cross-hatching. Sharpie was used in two of my backgrounds, in the outlines of the blind contour drawing, and to block in the shapes in order to shade over them with the white conté stick. 

Blind contour drawing in progress

Blind contour is a method that I am fairly comfortable with, so I paired it with the media that I am the most uncomfortable with. The drawing of the shelf with a ball-like form on top was initially created utilizing the subtractive method; although I ended up going over the focal point of the piece with charcoal. The wires in the background were kept the same way I initially made them. The piece with white conté on top of Sharpie was a challenge for me because I had never used that technique before, but I am satisfied with the way I executed it. The glass vase in this drawing was fairly difficult, but I believe that my use of values allowed me to properly translate the vase onto paper.

Thumbnail of skull drawing

My strongest piece was my skull drawing, not just because it was the one I spent the most time on, but because my highlights and values are pronounced and are distinguished from one another. Not only that, but the high contrast of the black in the background allows for the foreground figure to become the focal point of the piece. My weakest work was the piece in which the vases are on the left of the composition because my intent for the piece had not been executed the way I expected, which was to be realistic. This is one way in which I need to grow as an artist; I need to learn to manipulate what I have to make something new, not just to manipulate what I have into what I wanted. Another way I need to grow as an artist is to become more comfortable with graphite because in my experience with the blind contour drawing, it was a nice media to use but I wasn’t comfortable enough to use it that much more in other pieces.