Following feedback from assignment 2 I've been looking back at my drawings to see what links there are with my painting.
Mostly I use outlines which show form and composition. These are quick and I just want to get on with painting so want a feeling I have a reasonable composition. I'm not really thinking about paint so much at this stage.
To show more of the form of the areas of interest I add directional lines to show shading of darker tones, often in direction of the surface I'm drawing. I notice I've rarely spent the extra time doing this. When I do I see I often leave areas untouched because its not an area of focus. Looking at how Turner made some sketches I may benefit from sketching on coloured paper so that I get a better tonal range and coverage quicker.
Notes have sometimes been added about thoughts of the feelings, whats important in the painting, maybe something about the medium.
How do I incorporate mark making qualities, what are they?
Through reading and noting feedback I'm getting a sense the drawing is more important, particularly whilst I'm experimenting and learning. Today I did some random sketches each time trying to draw as I might paint focusing on how I move the pencil and hold it. I found this taxing because it doesn't look or feel like paint and I've learnt how to use a pencil in a certain way. I'm guessing I need to practice more like this.
I liked the way the cow came out, the lines were clear and intentional. The collection of animals became a mess, although there were some nice marks on the dinosaur. I think i got bored too quickly with it and it's a bit complex. The view worked reasonable well because it reflects the calm and quietness of the moment. It's hard to translate the grayness quickly with pencil.