Last week on the More Basic Drawing Course at Sandown Library we worked on drawing still life objects in the dark illuminated by a single candle.
As always the main aim of the task was to improve observation skills. However, this was a wonderful opportunity to study the perspective of shadows as well as drawing using an artificial light source, i.e. a candle. The candle gave a beautiful ambient light reminiscent of the working environment and atmosphere of the old masters.
The students found the lesson fun as it was so different as well as interesting and all found it achievable. They did fantastically well in overcoming the challenge of not being able to see the colours of the pastels, the paper they were working on or even each other! All left the class having developed a sharper sense of observation and concentration.
|This was the still life set up we used illuminated by one single candle|
There were two tasks, one in charcoal and one in pastel. A selection of the drawings are shown below:
|Drawing by Sue|
|Drawing by Julie|
|Drawing by Diana|
|Drawing by Kevin|
|Drawing by Geoff|
|Drawing by Cecily|
|Drawing by Vicki|
|Drawing by Geraldine|
Thank you to all the Learners who accepted the challenge to draw in the dark and for sharing their work on this blog post. If you are interested in learning to draw or paint please message me via the blog contact form on this page.