How can we communicate visually? That is our unit question. We communicate by portraying tone, shape and texture. We can use different techniques to show the the sky, like stipple, hatching, cross hatching, contour hatching and random hatching. I think that these are some good techniques to show the texture and shape of the clouds and to show the rays of sunlight. To show the texture of mountains that are in the distance I would use stipple, or scumbling depending on how far away it is. I would use these techniques because it shows very small details and with stipple you can show the elevation in the ground. With scumbling you can convey branches with the random lines. With water I would use hatching. I think that you should use hatching because you can very the lines and show the depth of the water. I think that this is an important technique, because if you don’t show the depth of the project and you just have equal lines that are equally spread out and it makes the photo plain and it has no tone.
In the beginning of this unit I thought that line drawings were just photos that were outlined and didn’t show tone and texture. In our first lesson we explored and experimented with the different line techniques, drawing shapes and given words and had to draw them using our new line techniques we have learnt. Over the corse of the unit I explored lots of different techniques that are important for completing my final piece.
For my background I drew a sky, using stipple. I also drew a mountain using stipple. That was my background. For my middle ground I drew the water. I used horizontal lines to show the water. If the water was further away I would bunch the lines together, as it came closer I would spread the lines farther apart. For my foreground I drew the panels of wood on the water and the canoe in the water. All the items in my drawing were from our 7th grade camp. I took 2 different photos and mixed them together to form mine. This unit was to explore how you can use line to convey shape, texture and tone.
At the start of this unit I thought that line drawings were just lines and there were no techniques that you could use to convey texture and tone. After I finished my projected I looked back on my first few drawings. I have defiantly improved with learning and using different types of techniques. I used stipple, stumbling, and hatching. In some of my first projects I only used hatching. We did multiple drawing and explored different line techniques. Before our final projects we drew a boat and water. I thought that I did pretty good on that considering we had one class to do it. I thought I used a few techniques and I thought it was good practice before my project.
I think that I could have improve on my foreground. I didn’t put a lot of detail into the foreground and it could have had a lot more techniques and I could have put more effort in it and also I could have made it look a lot better. I think I also could have showed a lot more tone and conveyed a lot more texture.
EFfective learning techniques are practicing different bits of your drawing on little pieces of paper till you get your technique right. Also just to make a piece of paper that has all the different types of techniques on it so that when you come to the final piece you can just look at the paper for different ideas.
I had a lot of fun during this unit. I thought that it was a great learning experience. I have a lot more techniques that I can use in different projects in the future. I thought that I learned a lot during this unit, though I think that I could have learned more. I think that I could have explored a lot more techniques and I could have practiced them. I thought that I defiantly had a hard time during this unit but I thought in the end I did an ok job.