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.
As I understand it a still life consists of an arrangement of inanimate objects as the subject. This can be anything that is not alive or moving. There seems to have been different themes throughout the ages, however popular subjects include food, (especially tables set up with meals, flowers, chairs, plants, shells, water glasses, and more popular in the 16th and 17th century, dead animals, … Continue reading A closer look at still life.