Tutor report Assignment 4


Formative feedback

Student name Clara Maciulis Student number 513759
Course/Unit Drawing 1: Drawing skills Assignment number 4
Type of tutorial (eg video/audio/written) Written

Overall Comments

Clara, thank you for submitting assignment 4, it was great to see some of your work in the flesh. You have been ambitious with scale and media. At times you fall into drawing from inside your head rather than closely observing what is in front of you and your proportions suffer as a result, you are for the want of a better word an emotional drawer in that you respond with your heart to what you see, you are expressive and imaginative. Some of the work you have produced for this section is quite exposing and there is almost a sense of pain and vulnerability, I’m unsure if this is intentional. You’ve chosen interesting and challenging poses to draw for the most part, bold and dynamic.

Assignment 4 Assessment potential

I understand your aim is to go for the Painting Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to pass at assessment.  In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.


Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity

  1. Figure study using line

You have been meticulous here, particularly in the second piece, the colour choice of your pen and composition is interesting, it is ephemeral and sits between fantasy and reality. I can see the hard work you put in here, it feels precious. For me this does lean towards illustration and reminds me of those heavily detailed mindfulness colouring books which are super popular in recent years. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this of course but it may be worth considering which degree pathway you would rather be on, drawing is an option on the illustration pathway also so it is something to think about as you obviously have a skill here.

I am happy about the comment of the drawing being between fantasy and reality- something I like to explore further. I would prefer avoiding falling into too detailed illustration though and will be careful with that in the next chapter. I feel more drawn to learn how to express more with less meticulous detail.


  1. Figure study using tone

The poses you have chosen are really bold and work well, as mentioned above I think you got lost in the activity of drawing – my guess is you enjoyed yourself but lapsed concentration for observation of detail and proportion, you can afford to be looser and more gestural which would be more forgiving of these discrepancies so if you want to let go then really let go! Check out this student’s work on WeAreOCA.

Wonderful loose and spontaneous looking work! I would love to be able to express myself like that in drawing 🙂 And although my studies in tone maybe look rather quick and loose, they were not and I really tried to work on the proportions so this is definitely something I still need to learn through lots and lots of more practice.


  1. A portrait combining line and tone

I think you have been really brave in this section of the course choosing to look closely at yourself. Using Giacometti and Schiele for inspiration you’ve produced a varied series of drawings some more successful than others. Drawing the figure will take more than just a section of this course to master so it’s great you have enjoyed it and want to explore and develop further. Keep looking at Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings for reference. You mentioned yourself that you carried out lots of experiments rather than honing in to produce one drawing for the assignment, I think this is characteristically been you throughout the course, you clearly love materials, exploration and learning and are hurried to find it all out at once. When you allow yourself to focus you refine your ideas, you produce considered works you’ll just have to get into the habit of reigning back every now and again.


I particularly like your experiments with ink and bleach and the bleeding vs the linear aspects. I think there is room here for further exploration in part 5. Think carefully about your colour choices as you move ahead, the drawings inspired by Emin are interesting, the pastel contrasted with the black works well. I also enjoyed seeing the Gormley inspired work, I think this sort of thing could work with your yoga poses quite well, where the detail is less important than the pose.

Yes, thank you, this is definitely a line of experimenting to continue!

Continue looking at Louise Bourgeois, also Marlene Dumas, Elizabeth Peyton and Wangechi Mutu. Chloe Piene may also interest you.

I will write a separate post about these artists, but a first quick look reveals a general impression of form and blocks of tone without much detail and pattern- very far from the drawings in line I made for Assignment 4 and definitely a direction I feel more tempted to explore now. Ink and bleach, maybe some watercolor and spontaneous drawing !

I wonder would a concertina sketchbook work if you intend to make a small drawing everyday.

This sounds like an interesting idea to present a long series of small drawings like a practice of the poses, one flowing after the other. Or maybe a long long roll of paper with one pose after the other.

I’m really glad you got to look at the Drawing People book too.

Yes, a very inspiring book!


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

You have produced a mountain of drawings, well done! When you have used yourself and honed in on your torso these works are interesting and captivating, you use coloured pencil sensitively. There are lots of experimental works on a variety of surfaces. The looser, gestural works are more successful than some of the more detailed pieces, continue to practice facial features proportions, hands and feet. The x-ray over drawings are also an interesting, honest series of work.

Loose and gestural- explore further!



Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

You have carried out extensive research for this section of the course, openminded and tried out some of the techniques in your own work. Continue to do this, marrying your research and making, elaborate on what you think is successful about the work you are looking at and why. Say less on the biography of the artist.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays

Context, reflective thinking, critical thinking, analysis

You always immerse yourself fully in each part of the course and your learning, you produce a large volume of work describing what you are doing on your blog, some of your posts are as a result lengthy but this is to be expected.

Suggested reading/viewing


With section 5 in mind look at the artists mentioned throughout the report, try to focus your ideas and experiments to produce a series of work. Look back through what you have produced and pick out the successful things to take forward and develop, keep in mind your contextual studies to make reference to within your artist’s statement.


Pointers for the next assignment

  • Reflect on this feedback in your learning log.
  • Hone in on the successful elements of your work to take forward.
  • Respond with a critical eye to the work of others.
  • Be careful of becoming too illustrative if this is not your intention.

Please inform me of how you would like your feedback for the next assignment.   Written or video/audio

Well done, I look forward to your next assignment.

Tutor name Joanne Mulvihill-Allen
Date 24 June 2017
Next assignment due 31 July 2017

I am very happy with the encourageing tone of the report and excited to try out new ideas for the next Assignment.



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