Two weeks have gone by now and I have finished the practices my mentor has given me, meaning I have begun to work on larger images closer to my final product. The first practices consisted of techniques and little concepts I needed to understand, here are a few examples:
- Texture. Grace explained to me that texture with ink pen can be difficult at times. How areas with rough textures should be portrayed through light, quick strokes, trying to ‘scratch’ the paper with the tip of the pen rather than simply drawing, for example.
- Lighting. Instead of colouring in darker areas, they should be layered to provide a more realistic feeling. Sketching vertical and horizontal lines provides the image with a more unique feeling, leaving little white areas at times to avoid complete black. As for lighter areas, sketching gently leaving large random spaces between lines, or simply dotting the area every so often to avoid complete white.
- Perspective. This is specific to drawing landscape or architecture. In the beginning, Grace suggested that I use pencil to outline the base lines, or the horizontal lines, within the image I was creating. This was to ensure that the lines were somewhat parallel, with the closer parts being bigger and the farther parts smaller.
After I was taught these concepts, I began to start drawing actual images. For this blog post’s topic, “how to be interesting” and “how to respond,” my mentor and I have already had experience. Stated in my previous blog, we usually converse about relevant topics while teaching/being taught.
Throughout my last mentor meeting, Grace provided me with some interesting examples in order to teach me about avoiding certain outcomes. Since I was doing ink pen artwork, she began to talk about how one’s focus/concentration is a major component when illustrating, grabbing out a few examples. She showed me a few of her other students’ ink pen artwork, sparking conversation and describing how they had messed up, specifically because they were distracted at the time. At first, I was somewhat confused with what she meant by ‘distracted.’ I asked her for clarification, where Grace then explained that they were talking to other students or doing things they weren’t supposed to, like being on their devices or playing with her iPads. Not only did I find this interesting, I found it kind of funny. I asked how each example had been messed up in order to avoid these mistakes myself, eventually asking “what if they weren’t distracted? Would this still happen?” Grace replied with “not very likely, but sometimes students still make funny mistakes.” I’m happy that I was able to respond and express my interest for her stories, as it improved my learning experience and made it more entertaining. I’m also happy to say that I haven’t run into a large mistake yet.
During the next few weeks, I plan to start creating my major in-depth illustrations, learning new concepts/techniques along the way. See you next, next week.