Project 4 - reflected light

I had a few problems with these exercises.

Firstly I had a real problem in choose objects to draw. Some were reflective enough, and others (chrome) were too reflective, and acted more like a mirror reflecting the whole room, rather than just the light!

Secondly, I wasn't sure if I should be cross hatching or shading the shadows ... 

My first image was in pencil, but the cross hatching seems to merge into shading in some points. I felt I could see the shadows, but not sure I drew them very well. The cross hatching turned more grid like on the rounded container, and took away the curve from it.

I then tried the same exercise using pastels and shading. I found this easier, as I could physically blend the pastels into each other to give a more graduated shading... however it took away the 3D-ness of using the cross hatching to emphasis the curve. This can be seem best on the grapefruit.

The next was to draw a large scale image using charcoal. For some reason I found this extra hard and I couldn't get my head around if I should be drawing just the shadows and light, or should I be making the black of the kettle dark too? I even tried taking a photo in greyscale to try and help me ... but I still couldn't capture the objects.

I found it interesting that I didn't have a problem with a orange grapefruit, but as soon as I had an object with white and black in it I froze! After 2 terrible attempts, I decided to leave it and maybe go back to it at a later point - when I've develop more skill!

I also noticed a theme running through my images - that I often don't leave enough paper - and the drawing run off the paper - something I need to be more aware of in the future!

RESEARCH POINT - Paul Caulfield

I found this image of Paul Caulfield's work of negative spaces - I think it illustrates the use of negative space much better than the one in the course book, as I am automatically drawn to the yellow wall (as a pose to the reserved table - which is all very dark). I also love the way it's using big blocks of colour to illustrate shade - rather than the cross hatching / shading I've just used.

Using the above drawing of the bowl, jar and grapefruit, I made a quick image in the style above using Illustrator (I am still learning - so the image is very rough!) I broke the shades into 3 colours, and made the negative space (the background and lightest points) bright yellow - to make it the focal point. 

I'm aware you can do this on illustrator with a click of the button (by adding a cut out effect to an image) but am yet to work out how! ... but an interesting way of creating textile patterns for future reference!

Looking back I'm not sure how well I separated cast shadow from reflected light and shade, and I'm not sure it is important to separate them - as long as you draw what you see? The notes say that the reflected shadow follows contours of the objects, but as I used straight objects in the first drawings, I don't think I have been able to illustrate this well.

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