12B: Reviewing your Work

February 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

I decided that the best way to review the work submitted was to print out the photos and sketches and add some notes or diagrams of my own. I then recorded an explanation of my markups which is included in the videos and below are the pages that I discussed.

Please note that my review is highly a personal and spontaneous critique, and is not a definitive answer. I responded to the work in the manner I would if sketching on location, making a snap judgment. In most cases I have only picked up on one or two aspects in each sketch and some of the points are secondary concepts I would like to develop further down the track!

Some of you might have opinions different from mine. I expect this, as there is no right and wrong in art, but what I most want to share with you is the way I think about these visual problems. My hope is that this will encourage you to have this type of dialogue yourself about your own work. It is not so much making the right decision every time as it is developing a process for self-assessment.

All of the sketches that were submitted were wonderful and I wish that I could have reviewed them all. In the end I decided to review approximately 30 sketches so that I could show how the same themes relate to a variety of works.

And remember the golden rule: We share but we don’t compare!
I have included all the examples below (and they are also included in a separate handout available for download here –  these should be read in conjunction with the videos.

Foundations12 02 Review Part 1 from Liz Steel on Vimeo.

Foundations12 03 Review Part 2 from Liz Steel on Vimeo.

Foundations12 04 Review Part 3 from Liz Steel on Vimeo.


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All Reviewed Sketches in the order they appear on the video

























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3C Abstracting Shapes: For you to do this week

November 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm


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Concept to absorb

Look at shapes, not objects.
Think about how you could combine objects with similar colours into one shape.
Look at shapes created by shadows.

Indoors prompt
Work your way through the three exercises described above focusing on shapes – using the form of colour with which you are comfortable. Don’t use ink lines this week for your initial line work.
LizSteel _COnnecting Coloured shapesOnce again, don’t be overly concerned with accuracy or exact colour matching for this week (we will look at measuring and how to achieve better accuracy in more detail soon).

Outdoors prompt

Go for a walk in your local area and look for the shapes of letterboxes on a sunny day (if this is possible!).

LizSteel _Letterbox shapesI used a combination of the three shape techniques for each. It was a hot morning and as I feel a little self-conscious standing on my own street at times, I decided just to stick with my watercolour pencils. I hope to do some more sketches during the week so keep an eye on my blog for some watercolour versions.

I know this exercise might not be possible for some of you, so here are a few suggestions:

  •  If it is an overcast day, can you still see variation in the different sides of the object?
  • If there are no letter boxes near where you live, can you find a similar small object with a strong form?
  • Looking out your window, can you see some interesting shadow shapes?
  • Can you find time to visit a museum this week?  Most museum objects are strongly lit and make great subjects for mapping light vs dark.

Seasoned sketchers challenge
No pen all week – just shapes!


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Welcome to Foundations!

November 12, 2014 at 10:00 am

The lessons will be posted to this blog on Wednesdays at 8pm Sydney time.

I have added details about the course which you might like to review. They are also accessible any time via the buttons on the sidebar.

How the Site Works (see also below)

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Course Guidelines

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The Foundations community will exist in the SkNFoundations14 Flickr group.

I have now opened up the Flickr group for everyone to enter. It is currently set as a public group with restricted access. Please indicate your real name when you fill in the request to join, as your Flickr username is probably different. I will be manually accepting requests to join the group so there might be a delay depending on the time of day – remember I am in Australia!

If you intend to join the Flickr group can you please do so during the first week as I will change the setting to private at the start of Week 2. You can still join the group after this but it will be more involved, so the more of you who get into the group during this week the better. Please do not share this group with anyone not registered for the course.

Feel free to introduce yourself in the Flickr group as well as on the blog but please do not start adding images to the Flickr group until the first lesson is given as the Flickr group is for course work only. Thanks!


How the SketchingNow site works

(this information is also found on the link on the sidebar)

The SketchingNow website has two sections – a public section and the private classroom for the Foundations Course. The menu bar along the top takes you to the public pages on the site. The sidebar is for all the private pages in the classroom (if you can’t see the sidebar menu you are not in the classroom).

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October 1, 2014 at 8:14 pm

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