Drawing experiment

 

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.

 Photo of "heritage" on exhibit at Kinder Morgan

Photo of "heritage" on exhibit at Kinder Morgan

 

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. 

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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. 

  "rendering of heritage"    With the walnut oil

 "rendering of heritage"    With the walnut oil

 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.