The fast/slow technique used in this drawing assignment was inspired by visiting artist, Danny Gregory. It allows our mind to focus and strengthens out hands- brain coordination by practicing gestural and continuous contour line drawings. Gestural drawing is used and represented by the watercolor part of this drawing; it’s when the artist allows him or herself to draw freely, only outlining the general shape of an object. On the other hand, continuous contour line drawing is the layer on top, drawn out by a fine tip pen; it captures the small details and aspects that defines a certain object.
To create this art piece, we assembled all the needed media first: watercolor, watercolor paper, and fine ink pen. We began by squeezing two tubes of analogous watercolors of our desire and diluting it to make it more transparent. In 10 seconds, we had to quickly outline the rickshaw. After it dried on the watercolor paper, we were given two classes and outside periods to finish the slow section of this drawing.
A reminder I would give to other students when making this artwork is to be wild and free when applying water color to the paper. Don’t be afraid or mind the detail because the watercolor is the only color in the drawing so make sure to express it fully.
To me, one of the most challenging part of the assignment was flattening the view of the rickshaw. Since we worked with an actual three-dimensional object, it was difficult to visualize it as a 2D figure. Therefore, sometimes the perspective and shadowing seems unnatural. However, Ms. Zvinakis, provided us with a technique of closing one eye to flatten the image. This technique assisted me and improved my drawing greatly.
From this assignment, I learned to draw three-dimensional figures with less struggle and also how to create unique compositions. Instead of drawing the entire object, I focused mainly on the front grip of the rickshaw. This not only shows two perspectives of the object, but also allows me to devote all my attention to one focus point.