Year 8 Star Anise

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I have been showing off 8G’s sketchbooks to the other staff in the art department because they are just so beautiful.  They have started by doing an observational drawing of Star Anise; they then cut around these drawings to partially reveal the page below.  Next they have then completed a stylised drawing concentrating on quality of line.  Finally I have photocopied their line drawing and they have shaded into it using beautiful ‘dark to light’ and blending.  What a talented bunch they are!

So 8G, I have some questions for you:

1)      How would you describe the lines in the stylised drawing that you did?

2)      What were you trying to achieve when you did the shading?

3)      What other object could you use, instead of a star anise, to go through this process?

4)      You know that you are going to print next, but what other direction could you take this project in?

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4 thoughts on “Year 8 Star Anise

  1. 1) How would you describe the lines in the stylised drawing that you did?

    2) What were you trying to achieve when you did the shading?

    3) What other object could you use, instead of a star anise, to go through this process?

    4) You know that you are going to print next, but what other direction could you take this project in?

    1. firstly we sketched the lines in pencil and then drew over it in black ink, making the lines thicker. When we got in the middle of the line we made them thinner.

    2. We are trying to acheive to make the lines smooth and not make them obvious that we used different colour with it as well

    3.you could use a leaf because leaves are very detailed

    4. Well we could draw the star anise in different colours and draw it on different coloured paper

  2. 1. The lines were sketched lightly in a pencil, and then drawn over using a black fine liner or pen, making lines bolder. The corners where made thicker and the middle of the lines thinner, this is to show the contrast between light and dark on the star anise.

    2. When we were shading, we were trying to keep the colour as smooth as possible so the shades flowed from one to another, not having an obvious line.

    3. Instead of a star anise we could draw and print a shell.

    4. We could use different coloured tissue paper or recycled objects to make a collage.

  3. 1.- The lines in our drawings were drawn over in black ink and were much thicker in the corners and then thined out as you went down the line until it was just a single line in the middle , this gave an impression of depth and had a great effected.

    2.- When we did the shading we were tring to get the shading very smooth and fade gradually from dark to light.

    3.- We could use a leaf to go through this process instead of the star anise.

    4.- We could do a basic drawing of the star anise and then chose a colour and find lots of pictures in magazines and on the internet, rip them up and stick the pieces inside the drawing to create a collage of different shades and tones of the same colour.

  4. 1) How would you describe the lines in the stylised drawing that you did?
    The lines were drawn over in black pen. They started off thin and eventually got thicker by the end of the line. This made the lines stand out more and made it more attractive.

    2) What were you trying to achieve when you did the shading?
    When I did my shading I was trying to achieve, going from dark to light to white, also we were trying to make it smooth.

    3) What other object could you use, instead of a star anise, to go through this process?
    We could use a flower,because of all the different shapes and sizes.

    4) You know that you are going to print next, but what other direction could you take this project in?
    We could photocopy our drawings and colour them in different colours, make them into different sizes, place them in different positions or overlap them on different pieces of paper.

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