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Let It Beetle

This beetle drawing is a little masterpiece of pencil work by Sophie G in S3. This is the first initial drawing for her National 5 design unit and is an investigative drawing looking at form, texture and pattern to create a jewellery piece inspired by the insect. Sophie had worked on the drawing for a number of hours over a period of a month, but I’m sure that you agree that it is entirely worth it.

Laura’s Creepy Crawley



This week’s ‘AOTW’ comes from Laura H (S2/OLSP). She is working on an environmental building based on a house centipede. She is making a maquette of the centipede first and then developing some of the 3D elements into a factory building. This is part of a new engineering promotion initiative and her class is entered into a competition to try and win. If they all continue to be this good, I think we just might win it. Well done Laura!


Kyle, Nicole and Kieran (S2, OLSP, Top, Middle & Bottom Above) finish off the vines on their amazing Timorous Beasties co-ordinate pattern. They will then photograph them and make a pattern to repeat on a surface such as wallpaper, upholstery or textiles. Ryan (S2, OLSP, Below) takes time to consider what kind of vines, stems and leaves he will place around his Weevil motifs.

She’s Got A Sting In Her Tail

After producing a powerful and detailed 3D relief piece around child slavery and third world labour for her last unit, you would think Cara T (S2, OLSP) would rest on her laurels. Fortunately for us she’s still working away and is producing a gruesome pattern based on the Timorous Beasties range. Below, Cara simplifies and traces her tonal drawing to make the main motif for her co-ordinate (working space that then produces a pattern).


Let It Beetle



This week’s “Artwork of the Week’ comes from Iona M (S1 from St Benedicts). Iona had been working on a quick sketch of a Stag Beetle, studying layout and shape drawing. She imagined the photo of the insect as simplified shapes, rectangles and sausages, so that she could layout the size, angles and segments. After checking these guidelines, she then darkened and defined her lines to make the insect stand out. After that, she had a few minutes before the end of class to tone the insect using shading and smudging.

Iona shows great confidence and skill for S1 and if she had more time to add to her work, I’m sure her drawing would have been even more fabulous. That aside, what she has achieved in around 15 mins appealed to me. A nice clean style, with confident lines and a good use of tonal contrasts.