Drawing 1, Part 3: Exercise 4

Moving in the Landscape

B: 360 degree study

I had intended to do my sketchbook walk at the local park, but was daydreaming on the bus about an artist’s work, and missed my stop! So I ended up near the museum, which is a lovely, busy area with a mixture of gardens, trees, buildings and roads.

The weather was moderate, and the sky was overcast, so the lighting conditions were very flat. Everything looked dull, with few highlights.

I drew four sketches, one facing in each direction. I worked in an A4 sketchbook with a PITT fineliner drawing pen. Each sketch took between 10 and 25 minutes. I then did an extra sketch, which I colourised with watercolour.

Here are the sketches:

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West
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East
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South
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North
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West (ii)

I like the look of the colourised one, but the point of the exercise was in the spontaneity of the sketch, and not what additions we made afterwards, so I have left the first four uncoloured, as I drew them.

The museum is an interesting environment. There are beautiful gardens on one side, a war memorial in front, roads and buildings opposite and to the other side. This was my first experience sketching scenes in the environment, as usually I am painting flowers or portraits! I enjoyed it. I didn’t notice passersby, I was totally absorbed in the process.

I think the sketches are fairly loose and look quite spontaneous. Various marks have been used to represent things like the trees and the Buddleia at the side of the museum. I find it very tedious using marks to replicate foliage. The perspective isn’t correct, but obviously, this is just a loose sketch, and perspective was not really the prime objective. I tried to represent the scene as my eyes saw it.

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