This is what I choosed for the last assignment

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Drawing 1_ass.5_woman in a frame

This one took me about 8 hours. I had a model for one hour and then I did the rest by “guessing”.


1. Did I find it easy to approach the figure as a whole or were distracted by détails of the sitter’s dress ?
A : First I look at the whole but when I my drawing is almost done….I look at the details and can spend hours on them !

2. How did I create volume in the folds of fabric?
A : I mainly use dark and light to create volume, to give life

3. Does the finished drawing give a sense of the figure beneath the fabric?
A : It dépends how you draw it….by using lines and play with, again, light and dark, you can give the idea of a body beneath the clothes

4. How would I tackle a drawing like this again?
A : I can tell now that I will first build the structure, the base, put certain lines and will then work ont the details

1. how accurately did I depict the overall proportions of the figure ?

A: In fact I needed to concentrate to depict correctly the figure. Now with my drawing class I can see when something is wrong by taking distance from my work….


2. Did I try to imahgine the sitter’s skeleton and muscles ? Did this help me to convey figure’s structure and form ?

A: Clearly NO! The skeleton is of no importance when I draw a model. I am  much more concentrated on the light and dark, the lines and the global form…..

For this assessment, I choosed to draw Easter chocolates as still life on A3 and with color pencils and conté pencils.

I did not do any drafts or “essais”. Indeed. below it’s how I processed:

1. I choosed my subject

2. I looked at is for some time to capture the image and imagine how I would then transfer it on A3 paper.

3. I started and often stopped to look at my subject and to adjust to the result I want

It’s maybe not how it has been asked to process but actually, I have difficulties to work with drafts and when I do draft it’s only one draft to put my idea on paper but not “HOW” I will draw it….really hard to explain it !

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For this part, I have a serious problem as I do not have a real model…

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Check and log

– How well did I managed to capture the poses ? what could be improved?
I do not have people who posed or only for two minutes. For some drawings, I was in the bus or in a “café” and discretely tried to draw people…..but otherwise, I tried to remember how it could be but what I oberved is that I am more at ease with “cerebral” drawing. I have difficulties not going into details and to explain thinks when I draw…. What I want to say is that I can draw without a model but the process will be very “concentrated” to see what could be improved day after day….What I have as well observed is that some days my drawings are ok whereas some other days, they look like “nothing”!

I need to learn how to do a fast draw and to give with only a few lines the right energy….

– Do I think that my fugures balanced ? If not where did you go wrong?
Some drawings are not too bad but some are totally unbalanced. It linked with what I wrote above. When I tried to draw “fast”, it doesn’t really work…

– How did I go about conveying a sense of energy?
I need to improve the fast lines. I definitively draw with too much brain….

On this assessment, it has been asked to select a view from a window or from an open door. I choosed to find a view from the way which goes to my house. It’s good to know that where I live, nothing is flat. Behind the trees at the bottom of the drawing, there is a small path extremely steep.

My main difficulties was the lack of colours as we are in winter time, the sky was blue/white and trees very poor. 

Through this drawing, I tried to highlight this sad winter without color. However, the color of the houses is quite correct. Mine is very white and the other light brown not very pigmented …
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This A3 sheet and I used colour and conté pencils and I worked with pastel for the white

My only problem is that it’s Winter time and trees do not have leave except dry leaves…..

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In Switzerland, where I live, we do have fir, beeche, spruce, ash, oak, maple trees, etc….normally, in Spring, Summer and autumn, they have leaves…..not in Winter….

Check and log

-How many different tree types have you drawn ?
I did different kind of firs, beech, spruce which are very commun in Switzerland but it’s hard to see the difference with the leaves…and a dead tree which I do not know what it was !

-What techniques did I use to distinguish each type?
Firs are green, in winter it’s the only tress which is still green. For the others, it’s a bit hard as I am not a specialst and without the leaves, to be honest I do not know!

-What did I do to convey the mass of foliage?
Once again I had no foliage. So I have to drwa from a picture and answer later on….

-How did I handle light and was it successful?
I mainly used the dark and light pencils. When I used colour, I play with a white soft pastel

-Did I manage to select and simplify ?
Without hesitation, the answer is Yes. Perhaps almost unconsciously I immediately canceled what seemed to me a not really punchy as small branches or various herbs to concentrate on trees and their structure. Trunks also seemed to me important, impressive…I could perhaps put more life around trees, leaving bushes, grass around the trunks ….