I started out with some pencil sketches of different fruits and vegetables in my sketchbook, trying out different perspectives and angles. I then tried out several materials and used pencils, brushed pens, aquarells, and gouache, as well as mixed media.
The first sketches I did were done with pencil, mainly outlines of different vegetables, and fruits. I looked at different perspectives and into the outside vs a cut-open view of the vegetable or fruit. I did them rather quickly and disregarded the lights and shadows mainly. I wanted to get a feeling for the shapes.
I continued with different materials and looked into their individual qualities, and what would work best for this work:
I found that the coloured pencils work well to draw details, shading and texture of the vegetables. It was easy to draw at a smaller scale. However, I found that the drawings have a kind of “unfinished” look and feel to it. I’m not sure if I am going to work with them completely for the assignment, but I think they would be one of the good options.
I painted a few vegetables with Japanese brushed pens, but I quickly realised that they would be too bright. They won’t work as well to convey a real look for the vegetables. It is also rather diffcult to paint smaller details properly.
Ink and Aquarells / Watercolours
Ink was the next medium, but it was also to bright and washes out. So after a few sketches, I decided this won’t be the material I’d use.
Similar to the brushed pens and ink, the aquarells also probably won’t be the ideal material for this assignement. They fade out, and while I personally like the affect, they look a bit washed out, and not “real”. It is also not as easy to go into too much detail with using watercolours only.
I then continued with a few sketches using gouache, and found that this material works well for having bright, yet not too bright colours. They make the fruits and vegetables look natural, because they can be toned down and adjusted better than the other materials. Gouache also dries quickly, and does not wash out that much compared to the aquarels and ink. Details can be painted easily.
I think I will combine gouache and coloured pencil, and go for a mixed media approach to create the vegetable for this assignment. My idea is to create the paintings of different fruits and vegetables, and then edit and layout them using Photoshop and Illustrator.
Key learnings from the first studies for this assignment are that it was great to try out different materials, to get a feeling of what works best. I personally like painting with inks and watercolours, but I understand that they might not be the best materials for everything.