In the second unit of art class, we did line drawings. Our unit question was, “How can we communicate visually?” and the significant concept was “Line can be used to convey shape, texture, and tone.”
We looked at the different techniques that are used and a few line drawings by Van Gogh, Dürer, and Rembrandt. Then, we copied line drawings from Van Gogh, The four main techniques that we learned was hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and scumbling. We also saw that the artists’ styles were very different.
My drawing of “The Bedroom” by Vincent Van Gogh:
First, we needed to combine two images to create one. I chose to combine a picture of a field with a cottage and a picture of a rabbit. What I found challenging was how the lighting, shadows, and texture of the two images were different.
Before starting our final line drawing, we used tracing paper (on top of the combined image) to get a general idea of what the final drawing would look like. When I used the tracing paper, I just drew a sketch and the I labeled what techniques I want to use for each part of the line drawing. When I did this, I only knew the four main techniques, so I ended up changing a lot of the techniques that I planned to do.
My “sketch” on tracing paper:
When I started the final line drawing, I planned how big the cottage, rabbit, clouds, and trees were going to be. The size of the final paper and tracing paper were completely different, so it was hard to think of the proportions of what I was going to draw. The tracing paper definitely helped, though.
My final drawing:
Then, I drew the two trees, For the trunk of the tree on the right, I decided to be a little more creative with the techniques. For the tree on the left, I first wanted to use cross-hatching and scumbling, but I decided to color in the trunk black. I decided this because I didn’t want to use the same four techniques over and over again, or else it’ll look boring.
Then, I drew the cottage. Again, I changed the techniques that I was planning to use. When I drew the cottage, I didn’t want my lines to be perfectly straight, so I didn’t use a ruler and because I was working with longer lines, they became wobbly. This made my cottage look messy, so I think I could’ve tried a few lines on a different piece of paper, and decided whether the lines should be shorter of if it was ok to use longer lines. Also, the lines of the roof was lighter and thinner than the lines of the rest of the cottage.This made it look like there was light shining on the top of the cottage.
Then, I drew the rabbit and the grass. I wanted to draw the rabbit first, and I used short, thin lines. I’ve realized that those lines would look similar to the grass, so I drew an outline of the rabbit because I wanted it to look more clear. I think the outline was too thick, and it drew more attention to the rabbit than I wanted it to. Then, I drew the grass. I think sometimes, I forgot to make the lines that are farther back thinner and closer together. Also, the grass in the front was too thick.
Lastly, I drew the clouds. I’ve realized that I didn’t use stippling and hatching yet, so those were the techniques that I used for the clouds. It was challenging because I was unsure of how to draw clouds. Usually, people imagine clouds to be light and puffy, but I didn’t know how to show that by just using a black marker.I think my clouds ended up looking dark and heavy. It also didn’t match well with the roof of the cottage.The roof looks like the sun is shining on it, but instead of the sun, there are clouds. I should’ve made the lines of the roof darker, as I mention before.
When I drew the line drawing, I used 3 different pens, and the colors of the ink were slightly different, so it was difficult to make the difference less obvious. I also think I could’ve spent more time working on it.I was afraid that I would make a mistake, and I couldn’t erase it because I was working with markers. This made me start drawing later than I planned to. I ended up making lots of mistakes, but I also learned that making a mistake when using markers is bound to happen.
In my first line drawing, I didn’t use as much line techniques and there was a lot of blank space all over the drawing. For my final drawing, I intentionally made the sky blank and I filled in the cottage, trees, grass, and rabbit as much as I could. Also, I used a variety of line techniques. I didn’t just use hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and scumbling.I also decided to color somethings all black in my final line drawing. I didn’t have the idea of doing that in the beginning of the unit. Also, the first drawing looks more like a sketch. It doesn’t show any depth, texture, shadow, or shape. I also learned how to show depth by using thin and thick lines. That was something that I didn’t use in my first line drawing.
Overall, I think I could’ve planned my final drawing better and that I shouldn’t worry too much about making a mistake. I also learned many techniques of the line drawings and that I changed my plan as I drew. It was interesting how simple lines can show shadow, depth, texture, shape, and tone.