Make your mark (line drawing) Reflection

Our unit in art right now is about ‘line drawing’. My line drawing is based on a light house.  Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 11.29.13 AM This is the picture I used and the light house in this picture is located in Ishigakijima, Japan and the name of the light house is called the “Hirakubozaki-todai”. This is the final drawing.   (By Emily (me) 2014) We only could use black pen (permanent) for the drawing. By using that pen, we needed to show tone, value, shadows etc… We couldn’t use any other tools except for rulers for the outline and drawing the grids to guide where the things in the picture is. Also, we were allowed to use pencils to draw the outlines before we used our pens to draw over the pencil lines. Our drawing needed to have the ratio of 50:50 for black space and white space. Each person chose different kinds of images from the internet.

Before we started our drawings, we looked at Van Gogh, Durer and some other artists’ line drawings to get some ideas. Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 11.46.00 AM This is one of the drawings we looked at and this one is by Van Gogh. The name of this artwork is ‘Vincent’s House in Arles’ (1888). We also learned different kinds of line techniques. We practiced our line techniques in our notebooks. When we finished practicing , we tried drawing a section of a picture using tracing paper. After we finished researching and learned about the techniques, we started planning for our own drawing. We searched on the internet for some pictures that we want to get some ideas from.

In my drawing, I used stippling, hatching, cross hatching, contour hatching, scumbling and random hatching. Stippling is dots; hatching is straight lines; cross hatching is when two lines cross each other. For example, one line is going horizontally and the other one is going vertically and it crosses over each other. Contour hathing is hatching following contours of objects; scumbling is random lines; random hatching is short straight lines in different places randomly. I used stippling for the sea because stippling is quite easy to show value and if I use a different technique for the sea, it is quite hard to show value. I used hatching, contour hatching and random hatching for the grasses because there are different kinds of grasses and to show the different types, I needed to use different kinds of hatching.

Finally, I chose the picture of the light-house by thinking about showing tone, value and also thinking about where to use black space so I can reach the ratio as possible I can. Deciding which skill fits the best for each section was quite hard. This task was quite difficult and I spent lots of time on it however, it was really fun! My mom and my sister gave me some advice on how to make it better. I really like my clouds since I think lines going on the outside of each other continuously is very interesting and it gives some optical illusion too.

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