I’ve been struggling with the current module for my OCA Drawing Course which I’ve nicknamed ‘Colouring in Cabbages’. It feels that it is just drawing fruit in pencil. So last Monday I went to one of Tom Smith’s Enjoy Learning courses – Drawing Intermediate. My heart sank when it was announced that we would be drawing fruit in pencil! However, by the end I had the OK that for future work I could use ink and that, in our study of texture, Julia, the tutor, would bring in some man-made artefacts. The homework was to draw an object of our choice to show the texture. I drew (in ink, of course, with an ink wash) a smoky glass twisted vase:
Unfortunately, the right hand side of the base is wrong. The vase curved much more than shown.
One concern was that it was smooth. I remember at the photographic club I used to go to we had a monthly competition with the title Texture. Tw0 photographs (including one of mine) were rejected as the objects shown were smooth ‘and therefore didn’t have any texture’. Smooth is not a texture, apparently! However today the group was happy with my drawing and there were no ‘But it’s smooth’ comments. Most of the rest were natural objects in pencil.
True to her word, Julia had brought in a load of textile bobbins and some rusty tin boxes which she had found in a friend’s cellar. I loved drawing them! Unfortunately, I was in a minority of one! There was a lot of complaints from those who preferred fruit. ‘Out of their comfort zone’ is the phrase , I think!
Here is my attempt. I’m generally happy though I got the top of the tin a bit wrong as it should have been narrower from the angle I was viewing. I looks as if I’m looking down at the tin although it was on the table in front of me.