Throughout this unit, we were experimenting with charcoal. Charcoal has no color, so we had taken this unit as an opportunity to practice our values.

In this project, we were asked to bring in several pieces of clothing that we think can describe who we are, we took quite a few pictures from different angles of the pieces of clothing, but we only chose one picture that we thought had the best composition in space. Afterwards, we changed the picture we chose into black and white, and if the values did not show a lot of contrast, we had to change the contrast and light.

At first, when I first started to experiment with charcoal, I did not like it, it was too messy and it takes too much time and effort to make it look realistic (and it doesn’t always end up looking realistic), not only that, charcoal is also messy to work with. My first piece of charcoal drawing of an egg had no three dimensional shape at all, as shown in picture 3, my shadows were in odd places so that the egg had no realistic features. The shadow that the egg casted was a little lopsided, and the values were also quite a bit off.

Afterwards, we started to work on the “You are what you wear” charcoal drawing, we first drew many rough sketches of our composition, giving us an envision of how it was going to look like when we start the actual charcoal drawing. It helped give us an idea of where to put our lines and the ratio of many objects.

When I actually started with the final drawing, I found that it was not as easy as I thought. The texture of the clothing was harder than the texture of the egg that I drew before. When drawing the clothing, not only did I have to draw the shadows of the clothing, I also had to draw the details such as the direction of the thread. I found it really challenging, however, the eraser was a helpful tool to help show that.

Throughout this unit, I think I have improved in using values and texture. When drawing the egg, the values were not used in the right places, I did not observe enough in order to realize that, and I did not think of texture whatsoever. At the end of the unit, I increased in the ability to observe and think during the process of drawing.




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