Today Alliance 414 had its 2nd critique. As with the last critique there were only 4 of us and it turned out great. I learned quite a bit about what direction I want to take with some of my drawings and what to do. The most important thing is that I need to make more. I need to drill and practice and practice and practice and practice some more. Beware, if you’re not an art nerd you might not find the text below interesting (its mostly notes to self):
I drew this the other night spontaneously. The strengths in it overall are line quality, and a good sense of space. My peer’s opinions helped me realize the benefits of the composition. The two vertical bars negate the space outside the door frame and encourage the viewer inwards. The image has some good depth from value. Spots of high contrast move the eye around.
This piece I enjoy, but I think it is not as strong as the one I did earlier the other day. This one really helped me understand certain things about line (the handles below the sink for instance, I was able to use 2-3 lines to describe it). A couple of suggestions from my class mates that were helpful. The value is pretty constant, there are not areas that really pop from light or dark. In this image the drawing goes all the way to the edge of the page, which creates a kind of wall as opposed to the funnel effect in the last drawing. Perhaps letting the drawing dissolve onto a white (or black or grey) background would be a good idea? Someone suggested making the back room lighter and the front area much darker, thus pulling the viewer out of the dark and into the light.