It has been another very productive couple of weeks at LFAS. The last four lessons have been spent building on the quick line exercises in charcoal on brown paper by moving towards sustained drawings of complicated casts, focusing on shadow shapes, shading and volume. We have learnt how to manipulate the charcoal in a variety of ways, using our fingers, chamois and a kneaded eraser, in order to represent the fall of light on an object and to interpret the different shapes and edges that are produced from one artificial light source.
During last weeks lesson we began using white paper, which has made us all think about every line and mark that we make – it is definitely a lot less forgiving than brown paper. The lesson was challenging, but I really enjoyed improving my drawing skills and tackling more complicated compositions. I am definitely looking at everything in a very different way, which must be a good sign!