My Adventures In Art

Category: Practice

My Portraiture Class Changed (For The Worse)

Acrylic portrait with burnt sienna, blue and white

I tried a portraiture class after my first drawing class, I wasn’t really interested before but I thought I’d give it a go. I enjoyed it much to my surprise. So I did two terms. I was looking forward to the third term but when I arrived for the first class everything had changed, and […]

Challenge: creating tone with cross-hatching

9 examples of me practicing crosshatching

I really like using pen and ink to create pictures. Cross hatching is a very useful tool to help build up those images. Using hatching and cross hatching you can build different tone values and you can use those tones to build a picture. So I decided to set myself the challenge of doing 9 drawings […]

Weekly Art Challenge: Crosshatching 3

Crosshatching practice

The object of the exercise: In the second crosshatching challenge  I followed a YouTube tutorial video that showed how to crosshatch an arm. I was quite pleased with  the results but it involved following very closely the lines drawn by the tutor. The next stage was to try working out, on my own, where the cross […]

Weekly Art Challenge: Crosshatching 2

Crosshatching on an arm

The object of the exercise: After completing the first crosshatching challenge  I realised that cross-hatching is harder than it looks! I watched Alphonso Dunn’s tutorial on cross hatching and copied his method stroke for stroke. I was pleased with the results at that stage. But then I tried drawing a nose from scratch with less pleasing […]

Weekly Art Challenge: Crosshatching 1

A cross-hatched nose

The object of the exercise: Crosshatching is a skill I have tried but made little progress with. I wanted to make a concerted effort to rectify that. It seems to mostly be done with pen and ink. I like the idea of using pen and ink because it should stop me worrying about making mistakes. […]

Day 36: Different ways of making marks

Pointillism broccoli

Another classroom lesson. A drawing is made up of marks on paper. There are different ways of making marks. The following exercise was to draw the same shapes but using different types of marks. In the example below (clockwise from top left) I’ve used shading, crosshatching, dashes and points. All self explanatory. The shading example […]