For this exercise I chose to look at four different objects. The first one was a sea shell. I made a series of studies using white gel pen on black paper. I tried not to be too analytical about making it look like a real shell and just concentrated on the shapes and lines. I like the spiral drawing and the curve going into the shell. I think the gel pen on the black paper has worked well and has a translucent quality that is similar to the shell. I also used coloured pencils on the black paper which I also like. I think the different coloured lines and shapes are very evocative of the shell shape.
The second item I looked at was a snail shell. I just tried to do really quick sketches and tried not to think to hard about it looking real. I am not pleased with these at all, they all look a bit flat.
The third object was a leaf skeleton I found in the garden. This was really difficult to draw. It was very delicate and fragile and I am not very good at fine detail. I think the most successful of these sketches is the biro and watercolour wash, but I also like the ink and coloured pencil one at the bottom.
The fourth object I looked at was a dried up corn-husk. I thought the pattern on this was interesting and tried it out in various media. I think the coloured pencil and pencil was the most successful.