Presentation Board by Kathleen Novak

"Draw what you see, capture your experience.. what someone might miss, and show these things in a new way... "

Spoon Reflection series Prismacolor Pencils 2, 4, 9B, 2H, H and kneaded eraser

I have always been very interested in the 'mechanics' of art. How an artist can manipulate the viewer's eye into and around a piece of art to see new things is fascinating. For this series, I chose observational drawing as my focus with an emphasis on compositional line and taking a close look at the quality and patterns of light as it falls onto objects. My first drawing was a simple set-up of kitchen spoons and over-head lighting. I emphasized foreshortening with both the angles of the spoon handles and the seams in the kitchen table to draw the viewer into the composition. It was interesting to note that after this was finished, I noticed the focal point (or the "X") of the spoon handles fell in the center of the paper, which was not intentional. The vanishing point created from the lines of the table is actually off the paper, also creating a sense of depth to the drawing. I originally included a small measuring cup, but removed it as it seemed disconnected from the rest of the drawing.

Series of Kate Prismacolor Pencils 2, 4, 9B, H, 2H, kneaded eraser.

In this composition, I focused on the hard lines of the wooden bench to draw the viewer's eye into the picture set against the softer pattern of light over folds of fabric. I decided to leave out Katie's face and hand from the composition. I felt both of these details were not an essential part of the frame. I actually think the viewer's eye is drawn into the picture more easily without these features. In this drawing, I again took a picture to use as a reference as I was capturing a fast-fading natural light.

Plant Series observational drawing Prismacolor Pencils 2,4,9B, 2H, H, and kneaded eraser

In this drawing, I took a number of pictures of an orchid plant. I intentionally planned the focus to be off-center to create visual interest. The concentric patterns of circles: the table, the plant container, and the dark circle made from the soil, also reinforce and gradually draw the eye towards the focal point as does the linear element of the plant twig. I enjoy finding these elements that exist in nature without having to manipulate or set up a still life. It's beautiful when we can emphasize these details naturally.

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