As you may know, I’m doing a distance learning course in drawing with the Open College of the Arts (OCA). Most of my work is published on my online log book “The Milkman Goes To College” but yesterday I drew my first assessment piece which will be sent off to my tutor. I have to draw two pieces. The second will be a still life of man-made objects, but this first piece was of natural items.
Unfortunately, as the drawing is on a piece of Somerset paper 70 cm by 50 cm, I’ve had to photograph the drawing as it is too big for my scanner. That is why the background is uneven due to the lighting.
The items are rose hips, horse chestnuts, reeds and teasels. Most of it is drawn with a fine liner pen, with ink and watercolour washes and powdered charcoal shading. I also did a frottage border of a Yorkshire flagstone with a graphite pencil. I’m not sure that this border has worked the way I’d imagined it.
Here are some close ups of parts of the drawing: