With the introductions out of the way, let's use this space for to post your results and questions. I'll do my best to answer and crit in a swift yet tasteful manner
I suggest you both read each other's posts and crits as well, but you knew that already didn't you...
for completion's sake, here's the task outline:
- on A4 sheets of paper, using pencil HB (mechanical and/or wooden is ok)
- draw freehand squares, not overlapping each other, in an interesting composition (not gridlike but smaller and bigger ones, look for interesting balance and weight) - no ruler: try to measure by eye, mark your guess lightly, see if you were off by measuring the sides with your pencil)
-aim for 10-15 squares per page
-one one page, fill in each square with gradients, range from paper color to the darkest black you can get with your pencil. go for the smoothest transition, but vary your rendering method per square. eg layered, crosshatch, scribbly, rounds, curves, etc)
-on the second page, go for more distinct textures. try fur, grass, leaves, silk, metal, rock, sand, grass, etc; again try to find as much variation as possible.
-linequality (more confident lines)
-measuring without tools
-pencil expression (pencil rendering!)
-mental material library (textures)
and here's what you guys made of it:
I am not sure if this is exactly what you wanted. I did what i thought you meant. I don't really know anything about composition so I did my best. My scanner is really awful and didn't pick up alot of the light tones... I tried to up the contrast on PS but it just didn't really work very well. On the second one I darkened it up again with my pencil just so it would show up.
Anyway, here they are. If this isn't what you were looking for I would be happy to do it over.
Well, it wasn't exactly what i wanted, but since you did what you thought i meant, i'll work on my task-giving-and-explanation skills more
Anyway, the idea was that you did a gradient in every box on itself, instead of spreading the 1 gradient over all the boxes. I also expected the boxes to be bigger... there's a lot of white paper space shouting at me now We'll get back on composition later on, so no worries. Choose for yourself if you think you need to do this over, but for me you passed (haha). We'll soon move on to the cooler stuff! (read further for more tips and stuff.. )
and then we have Cup of Joe:
I'm not later than I said, am I? Well, this gives me a better idea of how long it'll take me to do something like this. Some of these came out too big or just plain bad scans.
Also, I hope this I actually what the assignment was meant to be.
Page 1 notes- All squares.
-almost always too wide. Looks fine but measures wrong.
-Turned the paper on it's side, and tghey're now obviously too long. If I fix one, it looks off when i turn it back.
-Figured out that the side that's too long is always the side horizontal relative to the paper.
-1 measures right, but looks way off. are my eyes out of whack?
-Just realized that these are all more randomly plotted than compositionally planned. Also, i know nothing about composition.
Page 2- Value scales.
-Slightly squarer, but not enough line quality focus.
1. Straight diagonals, blunt pencil.
2. Diagonal hatching
3. Random direction hatching.
4. Curved hatch, random direction.
5. Straight hatch, alternating directions.
6. Grid-style hatching.
7. Circle Stippling.
8. Crap hatching
12. Side of pencil.
Page 3- Textures.
- I know nothing about texture, so these are mainly from life. As such, I may make this a regular excersize.
-Seems like traditional pencils grab the paper less and allow for straighter lines.
You're bang on with the interpretation of the assignment, except the first page but hey nice extra there
You seem to have a natural tendency towards a 4:3 ratio... too much tv/computerrscreens in your life maybe? Try measuring before putting down the final line.. Literally place your pencil along the first line, point meets end of line, thumb and index finger pinc hthe pencil at the other end. Pivot 90° on fingered end, get the pencil to "stand up" on its tip and leave a slight mark. While drawing the line with a single steady slow move, use your peripheral vision to chekc the angle of your nex line towards the previous - after a while anything just off 90° will be easy to spot.
The gradients work out nice, though always check with squinted eyes, is this the smoothest i can go? Maybe this middle part is too "wide"? It's also interesting to see the results with a fresh eye. Think of each square as a cropped part of a picture, what could it be that we're looking at? Different styles or methods of shading give different textures and scale.
A note on crosshatching with variable-angled strokes: keep the angles closer together for a smoother transition (if that's what you would be needing, of course)
Good first round! moving on...
Next post will be your new assignment, post your own results please