Observation and Speculation: Drawing exhibition

This exhibition comprises a curated selection of outcomes of student work from the Drawing 1 course 2362QCA

This course is usually held at the Gold Coast campus of the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. In 2020, this course moved online as a result of COVID-19.

The drawing assignment asks that students choose a paragraph of text from a novel or poem and to 'elucidate' these texts. The word 'elucidate' is chosen rather than illustrate, because strict visual description, in a graphic sense is not asked for. This task is more about illumination rather than illustration. The drawings completed in response to the text should not be obvious or accurate recreations of the exact imagery described in the text. The chosen text is just the beginning.

The drawings can be abstract or surreal, and it is encouraged to craft images through imagination by using compositional experimentation, careful visual research and a considered approach to the use of the elements and principles of visual language and drawing strategies rehearsed in class.

Thank you to our students, for their dedication to their studies in the shift to online learning. And thank you to the teaching team of Shari Lyon and Dr Sonya Peters, who worked tirelessly to deliver this drawing course via distance learning with short notice. Their commitment to student success is commendable.

Banner image: Nicole Archer.

Daniel Della-Bosca
Major Convenor of Visualisation and Immersive Design
First Year Coordinator | Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Creative and Interactive Media

Virtual exhibition

Drawing tutorials

Drawing materials and tools

Experimenting with different drawing materials and tools for contour line drawing.

Drawing Tutorial by Shari Lyon for the course 1534QCA Creative Visual Strategies for the Bachelor of Design, Queensland College of Art.

Cross Contour Drawing

Learn to draw basic 3D geometry effectively by studying a still life and using negative space techniques.

Drawing Tutorial by Shari Lyon for the course 1534QCA Creative Visual Strategies for the Bachelor of Design, Queensland College of Art.

Tonal Shading Techniques

Explore various tonal shading techniques using pencil, pen, ink and wash and learn how to apply them to a 3D form.

Drawing Tutorial by Shari Lyon for the course 1534QCA Creative Visual Strategies for the Bachelor of Design, Queensland College of Art.

One, Two and Three Point Perspective

Learn how to draw boxes in one, two and three point perspective and understand basic principles of perspective drawing.

Drawing Tutorial by Shari Lyon for the course 1534QCA Creative Visual Strategies for the Bachelor of Design, Queensland College of Art.

Freehand Perspective Geometry

Explore drawing cubes, cylinders and other basic 3D geometry in one, two and three point perspective for box modelling techniques.

Drawing Tutorial by Shari Lyon for the course 1534QCA Creative Visual Strategies for the Bachelor of Design, Queensland College of Art.

Two Point Interior Sketch

Design and draw an interior room using two-point perspective and a layered drawing technique.

Drawing Tutorial by Shari Lyon for the course 1534QCA Creative Visual Strategies for the Bachelor of Design, Queensland College of Art.

Scanning Drawings Using Phone Apps

How to photograph and scan your drawings and import them into Photoshop to do basic image editing.

Demonstration by Chris Miller for the Bachelor of Design, Queensland College of Art.

Illustrator Basics

How to use Adobe Illustrator to enhance and vectorise your analogue drawings and save them for use in print and web.

Demonstration by Chris Miller for the Bachelor of Design, Queensland College of Art.

Photoshop Basics

How to use Adobe Photoshop to edit, manipulate and enhance your analogue drawings and save them for use in print and web.

Demonstration by Chris Miller for the Bachelor of Design, Queensland College of Art.

Contact

QCA Galleries Coordinator: Ms Nicola Holly