Drawing Workshops

I went to a drawing workshop where i tried drawing/sketching with pencils and biro.

These workshops were offered by the weekly art co-op. It was taught by Brian Smith who is a local artist who paints and sketches things. He used to be an architect. I like Brian’s artwork and It was related to my challenge.

Week One

We did different exercises for example: 

  • Draw and shade and object but not face on, we had to put it at a slight angle, 

  • We had to imagine that there was an axle running through the object and that that dictated the structure of the object this helps you to draw things in 3D. 

  • We also had to draw boxes of different shapes and sizes, they were also facing different directions.

  • I learnt that if you are drawing something in 3D and you draw a box around it helps put that something into perspective and it gives it a structure (exoskeleton).

    Here you can see the whole group, Brian is just tearing some more paper


    This is a picture of me drawing a dinosaur (behind the pencil pot)

Week Two

  • We drew line pictures in context with a biro, we had to pick ordinary objects that were surrounded by not to many and not to few objects, 

  • Afterwards we had to use a viewfinder to make sure we didn’t draw a too bigger or smaller area. I drew a cardboard box that had a light switch, power cable, two people and a shelf near it.

  • We then went into different rooms to find things “in context”.

  • I learnt that context means the objects and surroundings of a subject.

This is a photo of the approximate area that i drew


This is me just finishing off the tiled area.

Here is the final picture that i drew.                       This is another picture I drew 


Week Three

  • We practised hatching by finding different views in our viewfinders, we did the same as the week before except that we hatched in the shaded parts,

  • We didn’t necessarily have to do the exact shades, we had to make sure that the shading was all relevant; so the darkest part would be cross hatched (which is where you go over the hatchings you have already done at a different angle) and the lightest part would be widely spaced light lines.

  • We learnt that there are three basic ways of hatching different shades, they were darkest to lightest:

  • Apply lots of pressure to the pen and crosshatch 2 or three times

  • Apply lots of pressure to the pen and draw quite dense lines

  • Draw lightly and leave big gaps between lines

  • I learnt that there are different ways to hatch,


Brian helped me with the first picture on the right, these were to sketches of two photographs, we were concentrating more on the shading than the drawing itself.


This is a drawing of the TV, mantelpiece, card, wooden egg, the left side of a candlestick, and some sort of paper aeroplane.

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  • Joshua Gould

    On 10 September 2018, 12:31 Joshua Gould Contributor commented:

    Sounds like you've had a busy few weeks! I'd love to see how this has affected your work - perhaps a before and after of some drawing?

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