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.
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.
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.
Summer is round the corner, and just in time for my first outdoor project. I quickly became familiar with the system of recording and drawing trees. Being complex forms, by looking too hard at all the shapes and lines quickly became confusing. However, the more trees I looked at, the more I realised that, although appearing random and chaotic, each type of tree had underlining … Continue reading Pt 3, Pr 1, Ex 1,2,3 – Trees and the great outdoors. Case study with Dina Brodsky