Lesson 4 explored how marks and lines can be consciously used as part of a visual language that has a conversation with the viewer. For example, as a tool to pull focus on areas of significance.
Unlike previous lessons, this exercise was studio based with the emphasis on showing stages of drawing development rather than finished work.
My subject was the patient experience of being admitted into an NHS hospital. It crossed over directly with work on another project.
I thumbnailed ideas for composition; exploring the story and figuring out the most effective visual solution.
One thumbnail was selected and scaled to A3 in Photoshop. I printed this and created a pencil drawing on a lightbox combining the thumbnail layout with detail from my reference photographs.
Working on a scaled-up thumbnail worked well and is something I will incorporate more into my practice.
I decided to use different sized fine liner pens to give a nice range of marks without the need to wait for ink to dry. The brief specified starting with marking making before joining these up with lines.
I reached a stage where I started to pull the image together using line and dense marks for tonal depth.
List of illustrations
Figure 1 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Thumbnails [Fountain pen] In possession of: The author
Figure 2 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Line drawing scaling up the thumbnail to A3 [Pencil] In possession of: The author
Figure 3 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Interim stage of the drawing with focus on mark making [Pencil and fine liner] In possession of: The author
Figure 4 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Finished drawing with lines and marks [Fine liner] In possession of: The author