Finding Detail

Week 3 Drawing

A baby step further after our last class,today’s class involved the basics of sketching.

I would call sketching the intermediate step between a ‘gestural drawing’ and a ‘drawing’. It has the ability to show depth,detail and even emotion,but its still rough,still raw.It is the jagged pieces of carbon in the earth before it turns into a diamond.It might not be perfect,being still uncut,still in the rough.But it is the prerequisite for morphing a concept in our minds into an artwork with impeccable detail.

I learnt the five methods in which I could add detail and play with light and shadow in a sketch.These five rendering methods are a great tool to easily distinguish different components of a sketch.Many of these I’d already been using involuntarily,but today I learnt the technical terms and the correct way to use these methods.The five techniques are:

  • Hatching – Involves usage of several fine lines.All the lines move in the same direction.Depth can be manipulated by changing the pressure/darkness of the lines,or changing the spacing.I found that I like to use a mix of both pressure and spacing.I had been using this technique involuntarily for all my school diagrams,but now I use it consciously.
  • Cross Hatching- Similar to hatching,except it involves lines moving in two opposite directions.It forms a criss-cross pattern.Slightly easier than hatching since it allows more freedom of direction.
  • Stippling- Realized its an absolute no for me.It takes a lot of patience and time to show a render through small dots packed close together or far apart,when I could show the same with other techniques a lot more efficiently.This is a useful technique for markers or paints,however.It portrays organic surfaces (for example the center of a sunflower) and grainy textures better than other techniques.
  • Scribbling-Involves usage of random squiggly lines/scribbles.Depth can be shown my scribbling more/darker scribbling in an area representing shadow and less pressure/scribbles for an area devoid of shadow.It was slightly new for me,but its a very unforgiving method and I could adapt to it easily.
  • Scumbling-Dear old favorite. This is the one I’ve been using practically since I started drawing.Comfortable,without any boundaries and unforgiving once you master it.I also find it quick because I can use it without having to ‘think’ how I’ll use it.It involves simply moving the pencil on the surface of the medium in any direction,but while covering the surface of the paper with the graphite evenly.

We received two assignments,one was to draw the same object in different lighting conditions,and the other was to draw the same place in a day and night setting.This is my attempt at doing justice to the assignments;

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