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.
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.
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.
Tucked away to the east of the city center in Spinningfields is a tiny single roomed gallery called the Artzu. It showcases different artists, many of them local to Manchester of the north west and often rotates their collection, and sometimes holding small exhibitions as and when they come. Click here to see the artists profile at the gallery: Melegari at the Artzu Gallery. There was … Continue reading The Artzu Gallery, Manchester