Dark, dusty, dank and subterranean. Littered with street art, lonely and quiet. I thought this would be a great place to start. I was walking through a set of pathways underneath the Mancunian way. The ring road orbiting Manchester and the last line of defence marking the outer limits of the city centre and the suburbs of greater Manchester. A curious place that consists of … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 2, Ex 2, Sketchbook Walk.
Just as I was starting the landscape section of my course I discovered that the Whitworth in Manchester was exhibiting a pair of landscape artists (brothers) called Alexander and John Robert Cozens. I new nothing of the artists and did not for-see the impact that their, (mainly Alexander) revolutionary techniques of dealing with landscape with regards to natural, seemingly random and chaotic formations. Something that … Continue reading Visit to Whitworth – Raqib Shaw, Cozens and Cozens and the blot technique.
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.
On a recent visit to London I was lucky enough to stumble on a free exhibition of Edgar Dagas. It was a rare collection of some of his most distinct pastels in one room from collector Sir William Burrell. Of course on hearing this I jumped at the chance. For me Degas has always been an idol from childhood, encapsulated and drawn into his pastels … Continue reading Degas at the National Gallery
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.
It’s not as daunting as it seems. It just takes a little preparation, a little time, and a bit more patience. The patience part coming at the end of the process when the paper is layered and you are painstakingly peeling it off the board with the most delicate of digits and making sure it doesn’t rip or tear, or you don’t loose your cool … Continue reading Hand Made Paper
Part two was a surprisingly interesting section in ways that I didn’t realise or appreciate until I had almost reached the end. In fact it proved quite a frustrating section that I got a little disheartened by, only to realise at the end just how my I had learned and how important it was. The three main things I took from this were symbolism, detail … Continue reading Reflection, Part 2 – Intimacy
An interesting concept is the fact that even though we perceive and accept the object we see in front of us as recognisable things, a plant pot, your friend, a building etc, it’s usually only when you try and draw something in extreme perspective, close up, or from different angles, that you realise just how different the object looks. Sometimes even unrecognisable. There are a … Continue reading Changing Views – a look at interiors and multi perspective
Being my first attempt at this, please don’t laugh or poke fun! Just thought it might be helpful for reference if anyone is interested. Not only was it great fun to do, but I found myself being more creative on the pages as well as making the book. There was something about the personalised colours and textures of the random sized pages that got my … Continue reading Home Made Sketchbooks, (step by step) with coptic binding.
Unsure exactly what was needed for this exercise I went back through my sketches of the different rooms in my house and chose to look at my kitchen from different angles. There was good scope for lines and perspective with a few interesting details so I just added a fruit bowl as a kind of point of significance in the foreground to give the scene … Continue reading Pt 2, Pr 3, Ex 2 – Composition – an interior.