Groups of Objects

Groups of Objects

Whilst reading ‘Experimental Drawing’ by Robert Kaupelis there is a chapter on organization and making things work together. I thought this chapter was very useful for this exercise as it discusses in length, how to place objects and ‘make things “work together”‘. I tried to use the information I learnt in this section and apply it into my drawing.


Sketchbook page, Material: hard graphite stick.

I chose 6 items: Cereal boxes x 2, a book, a glass, baking syrup and a bunch of oranges in a net. I tried a few positions of the objects and then roughly drew the compilation I was happy with in my sketchbook. I tried to imagine all the objects as see-through as the glass to get a sense of the relationship between the lines and how they connect. It wasn’t until I’d finished the sketch that I felt the baking syrup seemed out of place and a little too separate and that the large box was a little too 2D for my liking. I remembered that Robert Kaupelis spoke about proximity of the objects can help pull these lines together.


Final positioning.

I was really happy with the positioning I chose for my sketch, I feel the proximity of the objects knit together better and gives a bigger sense of intimacy, as though all the objects belong together.


A2 paper, Materials: HB pencil, Conte charcoal pencil

after roughly sketching the objects position on the paper and when happy with the proportions I started to add depth and bring the objects to life with the charcoal.


Finished piece: Conte charcoal pencil

I found the net over the oranges and the transparency of the glass particularly difficult to convey. I tried to do as little improvement as possible and leave mistakes on the drawing to help train my eye to more details in the future. I feel I could have added more depth and separation between the baking syrup and the glass. Also decided that the closer items I would apply more pressure when drawing to try and convey with as little detail as possible they were closer than the Bran flakes.

I discovered purely by accident that where I had chosen to arrange the items lines from the fireplace and the table they were positioned on, though simple lines gave more depth to the drawing, so decided to add them to my drawing.

Overall despite my recent introduction into charcoal, I have enjoyed this exercise and discovering that there is more to the relationship between the lines and curves of objects than simply copying what you see. I will continue to keep in mind the way the proximity of the objects and their shape help develop each other and create an overall better sense of what the artist sees.