Day 1. Lesson: Introduction to Artists, Materials and Equipment
Finally got around to get myself enrolled in the NSCAD Extended Studies introduction to watercolour course.
First day of class, we talked a lot about other artists and materials (1.5 hrs). When we sat down to draw, I felt a bit intimidated by the thought of sucking at it in front of a table of at least 9 people.
Our Prof made a great effort to put our minds at ease by letting us know that it was OK to not be "perfect" on day 1 (or any day thereafter...). Yet my mind was set on being careful not to suck.
Sketch 1 (above) I managed to understand the importance of the water to pigment ratio. This observation from our prof was key for me. I was using too much water.
Sketch 2. We were asked to use only one colour for this exercise yet I didn't like any of my colours so I decided to mix cobalt blue + burnt umber and produce a nicer grey. Also, as part of this exercise, we were asked to observe shades and shadows on the object (fruit) and the surface of the table. I could see those shades and shadows yet how to draw them or paint them with my brush?
I am used to using watercolours as a background wash in my urban sketches but I wasn't sure how to do things here. The exercise was to paint so... how do I do that?
Learning about different types of brushes and how each one works differently was part of the lesson today. It may seem obvious how to use a brush, but it's not.
Sketch 3. I managed to show two colours in this sketch, good tone study and a more balanced/better geometry. This was not my favourite sketch yet. It turned out that this sketch was quite popular among my friends and it is my wife's favourite. I learned that when it comes to selecting the best pieces of my own work, I must refer to my wife and must not attempt to do the selection myself.
Sketch 4. Five (5) minutes before class was over, I decided to let loose and do one final sketch. This sketch turned out to be my favourite because I had no time to dwell over details or be picky about anything. It felt so free and unassuming yet it still showed what I was looking at and the happy energy at the end of the class.
We have an important task to do in these seven days of this course, we are to find our own "voice" as artists and develop our unique technique.
Sam | Architect
"For many years, I have used sketchbooks to explore design ideas and sketch places around me, which is the best way to learn and understand them. This digital sketchbook illustrates my thoughts, processes, design ideas, places, and projects that I am working on and have worked on.”