Part Four: The Figure and the Head – Assignment Criteria Reflection

Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills (35%)

  • Materials: I feel I have been rather restricted in my use of materials in this part of the course, having used mostly charcoal, acrylic paint pens and biro throughout, however, I tried to follow my tutor’s recommendations to exclude those things which do not appear to suit my style and to focus on those things which I am strongest in. I feel I have used each medium well for my final pieces and that they have suited each piece best, however, I feel I do need to work on my use of conte sticks and ink and shall use the next Part of the course to explore this further, when I am not as restricted and have the opportunity to revisit experimental methods much better. With regard to supports, I have stayed with cartridge paper for this part of the course also to avoid creating a cumbersome and cluttered piece. I will, however, revisit this area again in the next Part in the same way as the mediums.
  • Techniques: I have tried to incorporate some of the methods discovered in the research topics I have covered within my own pieces, most notably that of Henry Moore, whose work I have found a great respect and appreciation for. However, I do wish to revisit my techniques in the next Part to attempt to vary things up slightly. I do feel I have a tendency to stick to expressive markings in the majority of the pieces and sketches created, although I was very pleased with my technical application in my self-portrait in charcoal and feel I restrained myself rather well in this piece.
  • Observational Skills: I feel I have improved rather drastically in this respect and have a natural ability to be able to see the human form and to be able to recreate it rather accurately within my work. I think when I include other information within the piece (such as my settee), I then spoil the piece and create clutter and inaccurate perspectives. This is definitely something I will need to improve in and perhaps realise I do not need to include every single aspect of the surrounding furniture as it then has a battle with the object I actually do want as my main focus. I definitely still need to work on my proportioning skills, but feel I have worked rather well with producing some level of this in this part. To improve on this, I think I will try to do at least one sketch everyday of all kinds of objects, not just the human form, to enable my artistic eye’s skill to improve.
  • Visual Awareness: I feel the best representation for visual awareness I have done for this Part of the course is most definitely within the self-portrait in charcoal piece. I think I have been rather aware of such things as skin blemishes and imperfections whilst creating the piece. Perhaps this is because it is my own face and I am very well acquainted with it? I think really looking at others when creating pieces of them will help with this too; if I try to really understand why someone’s facial skin falls the way it does over the bones, where their imperfections lie etc, I will definitely be able to create a piece with as much of a story as my own. I feel I still need to work on my understanding of colour and different surfaces, both of which I feel will be good to try to look into within the next part of the course, however, will look into my understanding of colour within the future parts of my degree journey.
  • Design: I think I am rather good at zooming in on certain areas of objects to decide what would be the most interesting, although I do not feel I have done much of this within this Part of the course due to the requirements of the exercises. I feel there has not been much opportunity (besides the foreshortening) to create the more interesting types of pieces. Foreshortening is definitely something which I think would be another good avenue to explore further as I really enjoyed recreating the pieces by Hatt and Hankin in the research for this area. I also think the quick sketch I did of my own head which was slightly from a side angle also worked rather well and would have made quite a good subject for my final piece.
  • Compositional Skills: Again, I think my use of a grid to assist me with my final pieces have really helped me in laying the base work down and assisting with the proportions, allowing me to then work rather freely within these drawn boundaries without losing the majority of my basic proportions. However, whilst my grid method is useful in this way, it still has room for improvement as some areas do still lose their shape. The outline cannot help with building the depth and tone within the final image, so this is something I need to work on. Also, I think by making the squares in the grid smaller, I will be able to focus in on even smaller areas of the piece as a whole. Perhaps I do not need to do this throughout the whole of my chosen image, but just those areas with finer detail, such as the face and hands.

Quality of Outcome (20%)

  • Content: I feel I have still continued to keep my content relevant and appropriate and avoiding excessive wording. I do feel, however, that I could definitely improve by including more variety of subjects and to use the sheets I created with questions to answer regarding each exercise, research point or assignment. I feel I have let this slide a little in this part of the course, but think this is purely down to having spent much more time drawing due to really enjoying the topic in question. Going forward, I feel I must really improve on my use of the questionnaires and depth of my responses.
  • Application of Knowledge:  I have used my research findings much more frequently in this part of the course, having listened to my tutor’s comments regarding choosing artists whose work is much more relevant to my own, most notably that of Moore and Chaubhan. I do think, however, that I did not really apply my knowledge as well in the tonal assignment piece and am rather disappointed with that. I think I definitely need to learn to restrain my arm and really try to remember that less is more!
  • Presentation of Work in a Coherent Manner: I think I have continued to keep my website accessible and easy to follow. I do think the wording is not always 100% linked to my sketchbook work and the reasoning for why I have created something within my sketchbook not always very clearly explained, my translation of my ideas not always being easy to decipher. I think, again, using my questionnaires will help to connect the dots much easier and help others understand my reasoning.
  • Discernment: I believe I have construed the exercises, research points and assignment well throughout, however, I still have times where I stumble over one or two things because the meaning is not immediately apparent to me, which can then lead to a lack of time spent on other things. I generally tend to use my own initiative in this respect, however, there have been occasions where I have had to ask other students as to their interpretation or to view their learning logs to see whether I am generally on the same lines. Whilst I do not copy other students’ work, I do like to get a general feel as to which direction I should be moving in with regard to the exercise in question. To improve on this, I think I need to take a little more time working out the requirements of each exercise before beginning and to keep referring to my textbook throughout, ensuring I do not divert any.
  • Conceptualisation of Thoughts: As stated above, whilst I think I have been rather coherent in getting my ideas and methods across, I also think I have lacked in this somewhat in my final assignment pieces, having carried out experiments but then stayed with what I know etc. I believe I could improve in this by spending less time on the exercises and more time on the assignment itself, but also using my questionnaires to prompt me to comment on things I may have forgotten about which will help the reader / viewer understand easier.
  • Communication of Ideas: Again, I feel this is rather similar to several other areas above in that I need to use my questionnaires more to prompt me to remember to include something which could appear as a gap in the process story, specifically within the crossover between the learning log and the sketchbook. I also think the use of mind-maps may also assist the viewer in understanding my initial burst of ideas and how I developed from them.

Demonstration of Creativity (25%)

  • Imagination: I think I was rather creative in this section by using my time at my karate class to create some of the movement pieces, as well as in my final assignment self-portrait piece. I tried to create a story for the viewer to be drawn to question, causing interest and intrigue. Again, I think mind-maps will assist me with thinking up new ideas and methods. I was rather disappointed with my portrait from imagination as I do not feel it was original at all really and seemed to just hold parts of my own face within it. Imagination is definitely something I would like to work on as I feel I am much more capable of producing very basic ‘black and white’ pictures and do not really tend to stray from exactly what is seen. Again, this is something I feel I really need to work on, specifically in such areas as with not always having to include an outline and allowing myself to stray from the realm of reality some more.
  • Experimentation:  I really enjoyed experimenting with the artists’ work which I had found which suited my style more than previously had been considered as I felt an intrigue to work in a similar way to try and appreciate what the artist may have felt when creating their pieces. Doing the research has definitely influenced me to want to work expressively and also to look more at the foreshortening aspects available from different poses and the interest and excitement they can bring. I do feel I could have been more experimental within my final assignment pieces, however, I intentionally decided not to do so to be able to dedicate more time and energy to this new method within my next assignment and to just focus on working with what I had studied within this part of my course to be able to assess them independently and to not include everything garnered from this part.
  • Invention: Besides the idea to include changes to my grid system to assist me with creating better finer details, I do not think there has been much opportunity to be inventive within this part of the course. I thought it rather interesting to consider my tutor’s comments regarding my removal of the use of colour and to focus on monochrome work, but am intrigued to know her views as to simply including one colour or a mixture of colours as a background or working with only a limited palette. This is also something I would like to consider in my next part of the course. Again, I believe the use of more mind-maps throughout will also assist me in discovering new ways to be inventive within my work.
  • Development of a Personal Voice: I feel my personal voice has definitely begun to develop within my work; I have reduced to only monochrome and limited palette work and feel the strongest connection by far to the human form and other organic structures, specifically when created in large, energetic ways, showing movement and fluidity. As stated above, whilst I feel somewhat restricted by the removal of colour completely, I do feel the inclusion of this as a base to my pieces will help re-integrate the usage and not allow my skills (or lack thereof!) in this area to grow stale.
  • Research: I feel my research has improved tenfold since searching for more relevant artists to my own work and that the influences of which are beginning to show though. I am struggling with a few of my tutor’s recommendations of artists as I still struggle to see how they relate to me. For example, whilst I appreciate Charlotte Verity’s work, it does not excite me or draw me in as I feel it too light and delicate compared to what does draw me in. being darker, bolder, more atmospheric pieces. I actually really enjoy those pieces which are very heavily done and which have a lot of texture as a result as I feel much more emotionally connected to these pieces. With this being said, I have tried to consider the delicacy of Verity’s touch and the plain backgrounds in my own work (such as the consideration of using a calmer colour as a background for my pieces).
  • Critical Thinking (Learning Logs): I feel my website is rather clear and concise, however, I do feel I need to be much more critical regarding my own work. Again, I think I need to use my questionnaires to prompt me to remember the types of things I should be passing comment on. I have found, however, that when I create a piece, if I take a photograph of it and leave it for a day or so, I am then able to see it with fresh eyes and pick out the areas which need improvement. Somehow, the piece being seen as a photograph really does assist me in considering which areas need to be changed and where I am going wrong!

Part Three: Expanse – Assignment Criteria Reflection

Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills (35%)

  • Materials: I think for this Part of the course, I have stayed rather limited in my use of materials, but I also think each have suited the exercises carried out. Upon reflection, I think perhaps I could have been more experimental, using tea or coffee staining to create the effects of the bark of the trees, for example.
  • Techniques: I have learned a lot during this Part of the course in regard to the techniques used to create the perspective pieces. Where I have always used just freehand or grids before, I was now using a ruler and set-square to assist in the creation of my pieces, as well as actually looking for vanishing points within the pieces. All of these things I feel have helped me improve my perceptive skills and see where I am going wrong, for instance I have noticed I tend to curve my drawings somewhat to the left. Perhaps this is due to my being right-handed and the hand naturally moving in a curved manner. This is something I will have to try to work on and be aware of moving forward. I also tried to take on board my tutor’s comments regarding having my ‘outline’ and allowing my expressive mark-marking within these boundaries. I think I have still been rather heavy-handed within my pieces. Surprisingly, I found I was able to be lightest in my controlled and measured pieces. I think, perhaps, this is due to the time and effort I take on these pieces as opposed to how I tend to work rather quickly in others. This is something I think I need to bear in mind going forward.
  • Observational Skills: Again, I think I have progressed in this area as I am now seeing the world around me in a more artistic way; I look for vanishing points in streets, one-point and angular perspectives in buildings, the difference in grounds when looking over landscapes and into the distance etc. I feel I am progressing in this area slowly but feel I have come far in a very short space of time since beginning the course and am hopeful this will only increase as I move on through the many different parts and levels within the course. I feel my ability to choose and crop (as suggested by my tutor in my feedback for Part Two) has grown somewhat and I am still trying to improve this by choosing what I find to be interesting viewpoints and subjects.
  • Visual Awareness: As with my observational skills, I think this is rather linked together. I am constantly striving to see the world in a different way and from a more artistic approach. I think I have been able to find interesting visual stimuli to work from and have improved in my ability to convey what I see somewhat too. However, I still feel I have a long way to go with this.
  • Design: I think I have done better in this Part of the course with regard to less reliance upon photographs as I have tried to work in a method on occasion where I take a photograph of a specific viewpoint or subject to assist in creating a grid, notice of vanishing points and placement of objects realistically to create the skeleton of my piece to then build upon from real-life. I have found that this has worked rather well and is definitely something I will aim to continue and improve upon going forward.
  • Compositional Skills: Again, I believe the use of the photograph / grid / vanishing points have assisted me massively. I am hoping this will progress further in the future and I will be able to eventually see compositions without the assistance of these physical cues, but merely gain the ability to see them solely in my mind’s eye. I think it is rather hard to discuss composition of landscapes or trees since these are unmoving and unchanging. In Part Two, I was able to place objects where I thought best suited. In this Part, I found I had to move myself around the fixed compositions to find an ‘arrangement’ I thought the most interesting and intriguing.

Quality of Outcome (20%)

  • Content: I think I have been quite successful in my choice of subjects and the content of my pieces within this Part of the course. I think I have stayed rather true to my exercises for the most part, only changing certain things to suit where I deemed necessary, such as using biro as opposed to a 3B pencil. I think my choices have been interesting, however, I do think I could have perhaps been a little more experimental by choosing older buildings with more character to work from perhaps, but owing to time, weather, circumstances etc, I often had to work with what I had around me. I tried to choose areas of sentimental value to me, such as my home, a local park and so on, which whilst potentially not ‘exciting’ to the viewer, may lead some to question “why that house?” or “why that park?”, the answers to which I feel are interesting, deep and meaningful when understood.
  • Application of Knowledge:  I feel I have done rather well here as I am very keen on fully understanding how and why certain things are important. I couldn’t fully get my head around perspective, so I researched these topics and and carried out experiments to assist me with my understanding, which I genuinely found really did assist me. I then tried to incorporate what I had learned in these experiments into my pieces and found I understood what I was actually trying to achieve a lot more as a result. I think I have come a long way from the beginning of this Part of the course and can now appreciate the feedback provided by my tutor much more clearly, however, I do feel this is something else which will be a slow learning process for me and one I wish to continue practicing, learning about and improving on.
  • Presentation of Work in a Coherent Manner: There are a couple of pages within my sketchbook in this Part which are a little out of sequence due to my doing certain sections at similar times and having misread the manual slightly. However, I think the layout of my website is understandable and easy to manoeuvre and follow clearly. I have really enjoyed the use of the links within the different projects / research points as this allows me quickly to refer to previous exercises etc and for people to easily follow my thought process.
  • Discernment: As with the previous Part’s reflection, I have again watched shows, read books and looked for as much visual information as possible. I have made reference within this Part as to the relevant things I have come across, but I admit that I generally do not have much spare time to be able to visit art galleries etc very often. I hope to visit at least one more by the end of this course as I do find it very enriching and inspiring. I am, however, very much a book worm and find I cannot read enough, so I am definitely trying to invest as much time in this as possible. I admit I have struggled in certain exercises in the course so far with certain questions or requests asked of me. For instance, I struggled to grasp the concept of the perspectives at first, hence my extra research. I do think, however, that some parts aren’t are not easily read and I end up struggling to comprehend and spend too much time trying to work this out.
  • Conceptualisation of Thoughts: I think I still did not use my sketchbook for preliminary sketches as much as I should have and as recommended by my tutor. I also think I should have used more mind-maps, but I have found that I will generally think up my concepts and ideas on the spot and just run with them. I have found I have to be in the ‘place’ mentally to create my pieces and want to get this out as quickly as possible, so to spend time creating mind-maps or preliminary drawings would potentially zap me of my creative energy and prolong the process of completing the exercise in question. I have found throughout so far that I tend to work quickly through the exercises and view them more as experiments and then, when I reach the assignment piece, I look back over what I have done and try to come up with a concept for the final assignment piece from there.
  • Communication of Ideas: Again, I think this is where I have had a bit of a downfall in my approach to the exercises due to the lack of creation of mind-maps etc to plan things out efficiently. However, I think I may have redeemed myself somewhat with my preliminary work for my piece of the wall as I tried to get across to the viewer of my sketchbook what I was actually trying to achieve. Hopefully this has also been apparent in my pieces showing the vanishing points I had used. I think I have also been rather consistent with my online blog throughout this Part too.

Demonstration of Creativity (25%)

  • Imagination: I think I have shown imagination in the sense that I took the piece with the bridge from actually being from a nice, sunny, clear day to adding in some atmosphere to the piece and changing it to appear as though created in the winter months due to leaving off the leaves from the trees and focussing on the feel of the air surrounding the bridge to add a touch of sinisterism as I do not think the atmospheric perspective would have looked quite as good or effective had I done it for a warm summer’s day.
  • Experimentation:  I found I was not extremely experimental with regard to my media or surfaces for this Part of the course, having focussed on what I thought to be the main aim of this part; the ability to scale and depict things effectively. However, I did experiment with the use of tools such as a ruler, a compass and a set square, so I feel I am still constantly experimenting, just in differing ways with each Part’s requirements.
  • Invention: I think my grids and the use of the vanishing points to help me establish the backbones of my piece, have by far been my ‘invention’ for this Part. I am constantly trying to find ways of easing and speeding things up for myself and think this way rather suitable and effective for my style of working. I also find it really helpful in the short-term to aid me in seeing things properly, almost like armbands helping a child practice their swimming skills in the early stages.
  • Development of a Personal Voice: I think certain aspects of my work have begun taking shape into my own personal voice. I think it is becoming clear that I really enjoy being expressive in my work, working with a limited palette and zooming in on sections as opposed to trying to frame the whole.
  • Research: I think this is my forte and something I thoroughly enjoy. I have tried to compress my findings into what I specifically need to know and what is directly relevant to the reason for the research in the first place. I really enjoy learning about new artists and seeing so many different methods and styles. Learning about others’ personal voices really does help me question my own style and what I would like to put across in my own work.
  • Critical Thinking (Learning Logs): I have tried to continue to keep my logs concise and relevant to the exercise in question. I enjoy creating link-backs and tags to my previous exercises and research as I think it rather important to build upon my earlier work and the findings from them. I think this is important as when I come to my final assignment for this Unit, I will be able to look back and find key things of note with ease, allowing me more time to focus on creating my actual piece.

Assignment 3

Preparatory Work

I decided to begin this assignment by working my way back from the start of this Part of the course and to include as many techniques from the exercises within it.

My first task was to choose a viewpoint which included a bit of all, or as many as possible, of this Part. I had been looking around for a while but then decided on the view from my in-laws’ home, which overlooks a lot of trees and other greenery, sky and clouds which lead to an atmospheric / aerial perspective in the distance, houses which show the other different perspectives, and a statue (a birds’ feeding post) in their garden.

Photographs of Chosen Scenery

Looking around, there was a lot of scenery, atmospheric perspective and beautiful rolling clouds. It was an overcast day and there was a dampness in the air, yet there was not much wind.

Whilst I could choose from any of these viewpoints as they were all beautiful to behold. I decided to create a quick sketch of some of the more interesting and diverse scenes to assist me in deciding, as I felt I could only see things properly through actually drawing the scene to understand it better and in more detail.

Quick Sketches

I began by carrying out some quick sketches in willow charcoal of the area by turning and zooming in on sections I felt were interesting and which held several different angles, sharper areas and softer curves.

Quick sketches of viewpoints

10cm x 10cm Square Sketches

From the sketches above, I then decided to create six 10cm x 10cm squares; one zoomed-in box for each quick sketch and each in line and tone, as with the earlier exercise in this manner.

Linear and Tonal 10cm x 10cm Boxes

I really enjoyed doing this exercise again as I genuinely really enjoy zooming in on certain areas and I am rather pleased my tutor suggested it. My favourite was by far the bottom right tonal piece as I really like the angles and sharp contrasts within it as well as the softness of the greenery.

Selecting a Viewpoint

I decided that my favourite viewpoint which held a bit of all the previous exercises was the view with the birds’ feeder in the foreground, houses in the middle ground and sky / clouds in the background. Whilst I actually thought the last 10cm x 10cm square was really interesting, I decided to look at the full viewpoint again for my final piece.

Quick Studies of Clouds

Next, I decided to revisit the clouds experiments to assist me with developing my final piece. The coloured pencils I felt were rather unsuitable as I could not manipulate them in the way I wanted. I really liked the soft pastels and how subtle the colouring could be within it. I liked the willow charcoal as I was able to manipulate this rather well, however, it was a little heavy in the delivery compared to the soft pastels. The oil pastels was the most disappointing, however, I think that may purely be down to my approach and heavy-handedness.

Foreground, Middle-Ground and Background

Next, I decided to break down the three grounds within my chosen viewpoint as I had done in an earlier exercise as I really found that that helped me to distinguish between the three rather well. This time, however, I decided to use some oil pastels to quickly jot down the colours I could see (and which I had the closest representative to).

Separating grounds

I noticed that the background was very washed out with barely any intensity or detail at all. There were only small areas where the sky broke through the clouds. It was a very overcast day, which I thought perfect for assisting in creating an atmospheric perspective within the piece.

The middle and foregrounds confused me slightly, however. From my earlier practice, I had found that the more distant the object, the lighter it would appear. These two grounds appeared to be in reverse. The greenery of the middle-ground was rather dark, yet dull, whereas the greenery in the foreground was rather light and rich in colour. Besides this, it was apparent that there was much less detail to the middle-ground than the foreground. I decided that when it came to my final piece, I would lighten the middle-ground to assist in following the method I had previously used, leading to the light background.

I decided that the houses which I had put in the middle-ground section would help create that sense of distance and I had read in my research of grounds that including an object such as a building within your piece in the middle-ground will assist in the divisions. I chose to leave the house closest to the bird feeder out of the piece as I think I would have made it harder to distinguish between the grounds and make that area generally too cumbersome.

Perspectives in Chosen View

Having chosen my viewpoint, I the used a page in my sketchbook to look at the perspectives of the objects in my piece. I found that there the roof of one of the houses and the electricity unit were both seen in one-point perspective and that the second roof and the bird feeder were both two-point perspective. Due to not having enough room to find the actual vanishing points for these objects, I decided to measure the widest area and then the narrowest area of the angles as it was not always clearly distinguishable that the lines were narrowing just by looking with the naked eye. For instance, the base of the bird feeder looks as though it is completely parallel upon first viewing, but if you look closer and actually measure the distance between the lines, it becomes clear that they definitely narrow over towards the left-hand side of the page, so the vanishing point would clearly be over in that direction as opposed to over in the right-hand direction. However, other areas, such as the top right of the bird feeder’s roof seemed to run almost parallel. This would really assist me when plotting out these details for my final piece as I think it really does help me to see the facts of the objects in a much clearer way as opposed to what I think I see.

Perspective experiment

Choice of Palette

Next, I played with the different colours I could see within the three grounds and different objects of the piece. I merged the next colour with the previous one and so on. I then worked over the top of the shades with other colours in the same category to see how they would interact with each other.

Once I had done this, I decided to work into each with the lid of my pen to blend the colourings, add a lightness to them and also to add a little texture.

I really enjoyed this exercise as I found a few colour combinations I had not considered previously. I also really liked the scratchings as I think these will be really useful for the greenery and also the wood of the bird feeder to create some texture within the piece.

Choosing a palette

Quick Sketch of Whole Composition

I then decided to create a line study of the whole piece quickly in charcoal in my sketchbook. I tried to look up during the creation of the sketch to see what I was drawing as opposed to what I thought I was seeing.

On reflection, I think I have actually done rather well with this sketch as the depth in the bird feeder is good as a result of the tonal differences created with the charcoal. I stayed with the natural darker middle-ground, but I think I was correct earlier when I decided that the darker middle-ground would not be the best way to complete my piece.

Quick sketch in charcoal

I then created a piece purely using the side of my oil pastels to create broad strokes of the general colours within the chosen piece. This time, I swapped the middle-ground and foreground tonal ranges so that the foreground was darker and the middle-ground lighter to blend easier with the blue and white of the background.

It was only when I had finished that I realised the outline of the A4 piece of paper on the page behind had come through. I actually really like it. I think it frames it rather nicely and adds a sense of intrigue to the sketch. Whilst it was an accident, I think it would have the viewer question why it was there, why it is not central etc and would draw them in to the piece.

Final Piece

I felt finally ready to begin my final piece and decided I would use oil pastels to help me do so as I had really enjoyed working with it in the preliminary stage.

I began by taking the photograph of my chosen viewpoint and drawing a grid over it. I decided to do this as I wanted to be as accurate as possible with my perspectives, measurements and structures of the skeleton of the piece. I had found this really useful in my earlier exercises and wanted to use this method within my final piece.

I decided to use a piece of pastel paper which had a good texture to it and which I knew would work well with the oil pastels in creating even more texture within the piece. I drew the objects into place and roughly drew the divides between the three grounds.

Luckily, due to having a wet and miserable summer, the day I returned to complete my final piece, the weather was exactly almost identical to the day I had originally taken my photograph and had created the preliminary sketches.

I then put in the base colours on the three grounds in an almost solid colour so I could build over it. I then began working in the detail of the roofs and building the greenery up, which I decided to stay rather expressive with as opposed to adding much in the way of actual detail.

I got to a certain stage and took a step back from the work to look at it and see if I needed to make any changes. I realised that the rooftops appeared to just be floating in mid-green sea, so I decided to bring the tones used in the greenery of the foreground up to the roofs, thus separating the roofs specifically into the middle-ground.

For the sky, I considered my earlier experiment with the oil pastel to recreate the clouds and thought them too much, so tried to recreate the effect of the soft pastels with only the slightest touches of blue, grey and silver to add density to the clouds, which I believe has been rather successful.

Final piece – first stage

I kept on building up several layers of colours and scratchings (changing the movement and flow to suit the object) to create depth and definition in the foreground until I finally decided I had gone as far as I could without overworking the piece.

Finished piece

Overall, I am actually rather pleased with this final piece and think it rather successful. I have managed to include a lot of the exercises and projects worked with in this Part of the course and believe I have learned an extraordinary amount in such a short space of time.

I think the piece is believable and the grounds distinguishable. I am happy with the atmosphere I was able to create in the background with the rolling clouds and the subtle density and thinning to the blue sky behind. I think my greenery could perhaps have been a bit more distinguished, but I thoroughly enjoyed being really expressive within these parts of the piece and feel I allowed this to come through, yet be restrained when needed (such as the roofs and the electricity unit).