“Now make some drawings of the same subject as before in other colour media. Experiment with mixing the media.”
Lilies drawn with normal pastels
I didn’t like the result of using pastels. I felt they were too crude for the subject – which is a bit ironic since I much prefer the bold marks you can get with pastels usually.
This more my cup of tea! (Though I’m not happy with the green leaves. I was trying to reflect the different colours of green as they bent over, but this was not a success.)
Check and Log:
How will your experiments with negative space help your observational drawing in the future?
I’ve heard it said, and I agree, that it is difficult to draw a flower, or an arm, or a nose because our brain tells us it’s a flower or an arm or a nose, so directs us to draw what we ‘know’ rather than what we ‘see’. Drawing negative space involves drawing shapes, which have no name. Our brain, or at least our memory, is taken out of the loop and we can concentrate on what we see.
How did you achieve an effect of three-dimensional space in your drawings?
With the last ink drawing, above, the curved shape of the lily flowers themselves helped with the 3D effect. With other drawings such as the lilies in the vase drawn in coloured pencils (and to a lesser degree with the pastels above) the 3D effect was achieved through shading, such as on the leaves.