Drawing assignment - experiment with rendering and then abstraction. Step one - draw a rendering of a common object. Not my favorite thing but I have decided to embrace new ideas even when I am not fond of them.
I drew a black and white MONUMENTAL rendering of one of my bronze hats "heritage". I drew it from a photo Curtis took of the piece while it was on exhibit at Kinder Morgan last 2014.
In my drawing I decided to exaggerate the shadows - as the photo is very well lit and there are few shadows. I do not really enjoy rendering and it was all I could do to not draw it in a more spontaneous style. I guess experiments should make you feel uncomfortable.............................
Sadly I fudged from a realistic rendering- just could not make the beast in me just - render.
A day after I drew the hat I took a long look at the drawing - I think it already looks abstracted probably because the hat is about 3' tall and the exaggerated contrast is harsh. I have maybe failed the 1st step of the experiment.
The class instructor Brian Portman very subtly suggested I add a touch of color. My experience with Brian's suggestions is that he is knows what he is talking about. I decided to add a touch of walnut oil. I think it was the perfect add. Brian is not only a gifted artist but a great instructor.
Step two will be in an upcoming post. You can sign up to receive post in your email at the very end of the blog.