Stage 4 Working from your sketchbooks


For the first part of this stage I spent some time reworking marks I’d make in earlier stages. I selected five pieces that I felt contained a lot of texture, then tried to focus in on this and further explore the feeling in a simple drawing. I’m especially happy with my bigger version of ‘soft’, I could really see this working well in stitches. Unfortunately, I think ‘sharp’ and ‘delicate’ ended up looking very similar. Read the rest of this entry

Stage 2 – Other ways to make marks


Exercise 4.

For this exercise I had fantastic fun experimenting and trying out as many different techniques as I could. Unfortunately I couldn’t try anything with chlorine bleach as I’m allergic to it, but I’m sure there must be an alternative that I can come up with. Read the rest of this entry

Stage 2 Making marks in an expressive way


Exercise 1.

For this exercise I cut a simple 8 cm x 8 cm square out of a piece of thick card to use as a stencil, I then worked within the stencil using various graphite pencils to create a range of marks. I picked 6 words from the list provided and tried to recreate the feeling of each word on paper.  Some of them, like fast and smooth, ended up with both attempts looking similar; however, I was very pleased with the results of bumpy and sharp, I feel that these have a clear difference between them. Read the rest of this entry

Stage 2 Tonal Study


Now I think this could almost be the most fun I’ve had with my drawing in ages. For some reason I found it very satisfying to make these little sketches, I tired to keep some of them quite similar to better contrast the differences between the marks made by both mediums.

I started with the pencil sketches first trying out all the different pencils in my sketching tin (4H to 6B). I found it very difficult to create the darkest tone unless I used a 5B or 6B pencil, even creating many layers of marks with a harder pencil couldn’t create such a dark effect. However, I found it very easy to create light, pale tones with most of the pencils simply by pressing less firmly. The pencils were also good for creating very neat, definite marks, my favorites have to be the little crosses and swirly pattern, I think both of these would translate very well into stitches.

Next I tried various types of charcoal sticks and pencils, these were not so good for creating clear lines, even the hardest ones were very smudgy, although this made it  much easier to create graduating tones of darkness.  I think the two sketches made of overlapping straight lines would translate well into stitches, but I think all the rest would need paint to be recreated on fabric, or at least a very fluffy, loosely spun yarn.

Pencil Sketches


A collection of various quick 10 minute sketches, mostly experimenting with a range of different graphite pencils.