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.
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.
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.
I chose four radically different landscape artists from different eras and decided to dissect and cross reference them on how each one managed to draw in the viewer on an emotional level, surprising them, gripping them, and above all involving them. J.M.W Turner Paul Nash Richard Long Tacita Dean Each artist I chose had a radically different way of expressing ‘the landscape’. From Dean’s almost … Continue reading Comparison of ‘Contemporary’ and ‘Traditional’ approaches to Landscape.
The weather can be erratic at the best of times, but even a calm, sunny day can prove a tricky task when trying to pin point and record those fast flowing, ever changing masses of ice and water. The problems I encountered when I first attempted to draw clouds. This was actually a blessing in disguise as the only way I could get any sense … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 2, Ex 1 – Cloud Formations and tones.
My main aim with this topic is to investigate the different styles and techniques artists throughout the ages used to depict the land around them, often giving a great insight into how they felt, and how they expressed their feelings for their surroundings through their art. I decided to look at, and compare styles between: Japanese style landscapes (1400-1600’s) Alexander Corzens (1717-1786) J. M. W … Continue reading A Brief Look at Landscapes.