Assignment 3 – Planning & Development

So I decided to do a quick preliminary drawing of what I planned to do for my final piece. I managed to work out some ideas and problems to lead me to my final assignment piece. Whilst drawing the preliminary sketch (refer to loose drawing – labelled: preliminary drawing for assignment piece) I noticed that layering line drawings on top of each other meant that lines were crossing and started to make additional shapes that you would not have been created or noticed if I had not taken this approach. I decided to block a few of these shapes in using just a pencil. I felt this made a really interesting difference to the piece as your eye was drawn to it and it also highlighted the individual drawings and/or shapes more, as pencil is hard to see on charcoal, an effect I quite like as I don’t want the drawings to be too obvious. This then made me think of a link to an artist that I used to go to school with who now has a studio she paints from. Her work is usually based on blocking shapes out in the landscape.

Although I did not fully master it, I thoroughly enjoyed researching and trying to understand perspective, which is something I am desperately trying to incorporate and reflect in my assignment piece. I was also able to have fun with this piece after researching and understanding Mehertu’s work further. The key takeaways for me from looking into perspective that I have wanted to demonstrate in my piece were:

  • Varied scale
  • Layering of scaffolding on both the pencil and charcoal drawings
  • When drawing I am know giving more though to measured; shapes, lines, angles, repeated patters (e.g. windows) and scale.

Further ideas are as follows:

  • I could go out and do drawings of buildings on site and then go back to my desk to do larger scale versions. This could include adding tone to create depth and scaffolding may be used to piece the drawing together i.e. parts of the scaffolding leading onto parts of the drawing, creating perspective but also movement as your eye travels across the drawing.
  • Take time to think about the scale of each drawing then be able to fit together on to the larger drawing.
  • Simple line drawing which I can then add detail or tone too as I think adding tone into assignment piece was quite striking and I really liked the emphasis it gave to the concerns of the drawing.

Sunday 21st May

I went out at the weekend and took photos of more ‘exciting’ buildings in central London and now have a better selection to choose and draw from. Whilst taking the photos I was thinking of the different angles and scales that would subsequently be reflected in my drawing.

Whilst walking around the City and taking photos of/ documenting places and things to draw I was thinking about the background for my assignment piece. I had initially done clouds as the background of the preliminary sketch to incorporate movement into the piece but later thought that I had wanted to include trees as the background (after enjoying drawing trees with charcoal) to combine the urban and rural elements. However after walking around and properly observing the trees I feel like they need much more detail, given they are so delicate in their own right and would only get lost in the background. I feel that in a landscape the clouds completely transform a view/ a thought/ how a feeling of a place is and I think that this is more important in creating an essence for my art. Reaffirming my initial idea to use clouds as a background I questioned whether these should also be included in my line drawings. I feel like I should draw these ideas to get a true representation of what they may look like.

Monday 22nd May

When it comes to layering more drawings maybe I could include Photoshop images layered on top of each other for the scaffolding going through the drawing using photo transfer paper. I have attempted to do this using tracing paper but it is too strong and not transparent enough for these purposes. Photo transfer paper would offer a softer and more delicate addition to the piece. Update Wednesday 24th May – uncertain as to whether this will be possible in practice.

Figure 1. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 2. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 2 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 3. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 3 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 4. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 4 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 5. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 5 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 6. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 6 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 7. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 7 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 8. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 8 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 9. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 9 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 10. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 10 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 11. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 11 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 12. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 12 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 13. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 13 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 14. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 14 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

Figure 15. Powell, A. (2017) City Scene 15 [photograph] In: possession of: Powell, A: London.

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