Whilst I was sitting in the woodland two things struck me – one was the range of greens in layers from the tree canopy down to the undergrowth and the second was the way the light was dappled. I therefore decided to capture this in oil pastels on a textured paper. I kept to a very loose style only picking out a couple of the tree trunks, avoiding adding any real detail of the individual plants and trees to order to concentrate on the effect of the light and colours.
I am quite satisfied with the result and think I have captured what I set out to achieve. It is a long way removed from my normal style of precise and detailed drawings but I am trying to try different methods and styles in order to explore my creativity more.
Following my last assignment my tutor suggested I try to use charcoal more and also to rub back with an eraser to create highlights. I found this small patch of woodland where the tree trunks did not have any noticeable bark, were a silver-grey in colour, overall were quite bare (not the norm for this time of year) and quite strange shapes. I used charcoal for this drawing, using the grain of the textured paper to create the ground and background foliage. I rubbed in the charcoal for the tree trunks to create that smoother surface and then adding back in small patches of texture. I used the point, edge and sides of the charcoal to create different marks. I finally added the highlights to the sides of the trunks using a pencil eraser.
I am happy with the resultant picture as I think it captures the overall feeling I had of this patch of woodland and I fairly successfully used a medium I would hesitate to use before undertaking this drawing.