Ex 1 Quick sketches around the house
I started in the lounge and worked in A2, this was a bit generous for quick sketches, I haven’t got a working brush pen for a thicker line at the moment so they ended up spidery, but unsmudgeable. I like that….
Because of the challenge of drawing each items perspective, the corners are favourite pictures of mine. Just to explain, my easel is in the lounge, next to the bookcase so that area is very cluttered and our home is on the downward slope, so over the road is much higher and behind the equivalent lower.
The rest of the quick sketches are in my sketchbook two per page, so are a4. this is a much more meaningful size for the nib of my pen.
My favourite room was my daughters bedroom, she has a bunkbed so the opportunities for interesting angles were much better than everywhere else. however, the opposition to a long stay meant I wasn’t going to do any more than quick sketches. I also enjoyed the toilet, drawn from about a third down the stairs, its quite an imposing angle on the loo, which works for me.
Also like the downstairs hallway, I have a table tucked under the stairs where I can set up still lifes and lay paper down to dry but the view the other way worked better, even taking into account sketching down the stairs.
Ex 2 Composition – an interior
I picked the hall by the front door for these sketches as they represent a lot of information I can choose from. they get the best daylight in the late afternoon evening from the window to the left of the stairs. I varied my sketching position between standing, sitting and on the floor, I ended up seated at my table for the rest of the exercises as that is the best place to work. so I missed some of the melodrama an upward angle would afford from the floor, for the ability to remove myself from the space around paper and board to big to move.
The pencil sketch has enough information for me, the parquet is more than required and I prefer the colour of the line, mostly as I know the walls are a pale yellow.
Ex3 Tonal Study
I was beginning to lose the will to live by this point. my house is a mess, mostly due to the volume of art stuff littering it and the number of books I have purchased this year versus the number of new bookshelves acquired to put them on. but here is my tonal study, it looks like I was bored, because I was.
Light sketch under without viewing the paper, ink and brush the lines, colour wash, representing the 2 sides and floor. white crayon was applied prior to wash to ensure the strongest light areas where kept clear. I could work into this more, but it would end up dark, and then it wouldn’t represent the space.
Ex 5 Mixed media.
I moved to the lounge for this one, the light radiating from my floor lamp is warm and inviting and I have a peace lilly planted in a jam jar hanging on the swivel arm. my sofa arm is a warm red and the walls a rich golden yellow. my mixed media studies as a result are all warm.
This one is pencil with oil pastels and ink wash, this hasn’t worked, the oil didn’t resist the acrylic ink wash and the effect is muddy. but because of the oil pastels, I can’t overlay a pen and strengthen the shapes
I gesso’d the first two pieces of paper, this one I attached the labels of some ale (the colours match my lounge) and washed the back with acrylic yellow ochre loosened with matt medium most of the rest is permanent marker with some conte white to highlight over. This is my favourite of the four, the shapes are strong and the white under light comes through well.
I sat on the sofa for this one, so a much different perspective on the lamp which misses out placing it with the sofa arm., this one is perm marker, oil pastels pencil crayons and that was enough. I was happy with the previous one so I wasn’t enthusiastic with this.