You achieve perfection in sketching and rendering with hours of practice , each time you get better at it . The idea was to make five detailed sketches of street vendors along with rendering from our own photographs . We had the freedom to choose any medium but the sketches had to be black and white . It was exciting to sketch even tiny details and render the sketch . Among the five , two had to be focused on the hand . I used 6B for all my sketches , for shading light , medium and dark tones . My photographs and sketches are attached below :
It was interesting to explore my capabilities in sketching and rendering . Through the experience and personal feedback I realised that I should start focusing on different textures , like the texture of the sugarcane and coconut . With sketching practice makes perfect so next time I’ll focus on textures .
In the previous week we had done hand gesture drawings so for the third week we had to get five sketches of humans . After finishing my sketches I realised that my proportions were off , so in class I started practising human anatomy so I could improve on my sketches . Each person focused something different , on their weakness . Each of us learnt from our strengths and weaknesses .
The session started with each of us presenting our photographs based on the principles of design we learnt in the previous class . Each of us had to bring a photograph for each principle – balance , emphasis , movement , pattern , repetition , proportion , rhythm ,variety and unity . It was a very new and interesting assignment , we had to go out and actually search for these principles in day to day life and photograph them .
I went all around Churchgate to find these principles , searching for them and finding each principle helped me distinguish one principle from another and enhanced the learning experience . When I presented my photographs , I got a lot of feedback from my peers and my professor which helped me understand different perspectives to the same photograph . I got to criticise others work as well .
movement and pattern
pattern and repetition
scale and proportion
The next week was more intense , each of us had to make five hand gestures and also bring photographs for the principles – scale and proportion and movement . I learnt from my mistakes , the key to drawing good hand gestures is to break down each finger into their bone structure and then flesh them out , that way you understand the proportions better and achieve proper sketches .
I spent the rest of the class drawing rough hand gestures and understanding the bone structure and I could actually see the improvement in my sketches . I also drew a bunch of ellipses , circles and free flowing lines in different directions to loosen up my hand and improve my line quality .