Deciding to start out with simple black and grey tones to explore the idea of atmospheric perspective and tonal gradation, I began with ink and a few pictures I took, a misty morning at the local shops and a few snow scenes I took in Bruges, Belgium. The snow in the air clouded the buildings in the background, lightning the tones as they faded into … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 4, Ex 3 – Atmospheric pressure.
I was pleased to use the view that I sketched in the previous exercise of the skyline over Manchester from across the Irwell river. In this scene I was able to capture all sorts of contrasting textures as the old cathedral and remains of what looked like a castle met the solid steel of the new aged office buildings, trees and park land, all … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 5, Ex 3 – A limited palette study.
Moving away from the rigid structures of the buildings and onto the flowing natural lines of statues was a welcome shift, statues offered much scope for posture, gesture, facial features and ironically movement. I found that a lot of the statues were posed to exaggerate movement and emotion because of the fact that they couldn’t move. This was great to capture, and coupled with the … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 5, Ex 4 – Statues.
Walking around town and sketching the urban landscape was a trip down memory lane for me. Side streets, subways and urban decay is something I’ve always been drawn to. The stories of buildings once made for purpose that are left crumbling after their use is served is an interesting story of the growth of a city. The juxtaposition of street art, a contrast of … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 5, Ex 1 Sketchbook of townscape drawings.
This was an exercise to see how accurate my guess work was when it came to estimating perspective. A simple task to use all the reference points I could to construct a building without drawing in the vanishing points or perspective lines until after the drawing was finished. I chose a simple three story building which had a flat corner receding off into two point … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 4, Ex 2 – Angular perspective.
It was when I was drawing the studies for the 360 view at Kinder Scout that I really started to warm up to using the charcoal, graphite and fine liner and found that with a little more time I could really utilise the technique. It lent itself perfectly to expansive tones, great expression of fore, middle and background, fine detail and a whole range of … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 3, Ex 1 – Developing your studies. My Favourite Island
Not necessarily an interior, however, it was an enclosed walkway that had some nice arches running down one side that all met in the middle to create another set of archways running down through the passage way forming a perfect scene to show one point perspective. With the added brick work and the large stone slabs on the floor, the setting was done. I … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 4, Ex1 – Parallel Perspective – An interior view.
Struggling to find a clear view of the city that wasn’t clogged with over reaching buildings, or any point of interest I headed across the River Irwell near the old cathedral to get a better range of the cities buildings. It was a lovely crisp autumn morning, and the low, bright sun shone over the buildings giving them nice precise angles and a clean sheen … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 5, Ex 2 – Study of a Townscape Using Line.
While I enjoyed the expansive landscape 360 sketches I did up Kinder Scout, I wanted to do a 360 degrees set of drawings that displayed a changing townscape. I went over to a nearby village called Lymm which had the perfect recipe of water, trees, old cottages and winding roads. I took four 90 degree views of the village from the bottom of the road … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 3, Ex 2 – Foreground, middle ground, background. Mixed media scene of Lymm Village.
Lucky enough to catch a beautiful day up Kinder Scout in the Edale Valley I sat down just near the summit to do some quick drawings of the expansive views of the Peaks. Turning 90 degrees each sketch through 360 degrees stopping for roughly 15 minuets each sketch I had to take identify the shapes and add in the details very quickly. I chose to … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 2, Ex 3. 360 degrees studies of Expansive Landscape – Kinder Scout.