Take your sketchbook or larger sheets of paper fastened to a drawing board together with a selection of drawing media. Aim to work your way around most rooms in your house over several sessions and maybe also rooms outside the house such as the garden shed. In each room make four quick sketches, turning 45 degrees after each one to face another area of the room. You’ll find that looking into corners works best.
Make fast visual notes without getting involved in detail. This exercise may take several days to complete depending on how long you have available for each session. Try to work without preconceptions. Observe, note and reflect. Your drawing approach is up to you. Some drawings may contain few marks, some will be simple line drawings, some may have elements of tonal analysis. Don’t worry if some of your drawings appear childish or scribbled or wrong in some way. Keep moving on but notice and note down any errors in observation or execution.
You’ll probably find some areas very difficult and frustrating to work on while others will attract your interest and stimulate your imagination. Think about why that is and record your thoughts in your learning log.
When you’ve completed this exercise, look at all your drawings carefully. Which are the strongest and why? Which drawings did you enjoy the most? Which area in which room do you want to study further? Use this exercise both as practice in fast observational drawing and to locate the area that you’ll study in greater detail in the following exercises
I used Derwent graphic pencils for all the sketches.
From top left clockwise: starting in the kitchen looking out through the side door into the porch; moving to the kitchen area itself (corner view); round to the side window view into the dining area; and then moving to the internal view from dining area into hall.
From top left clockwise: living room looking out into the hall; over to outside corner behind couch; outside wall corner with woodburner; then to inside corner on kitchen wall.
From top left clockwise: back bedroom from outside corner with sofa bed; from bedroom into hall with dog blanket (for dog); inside corner with bed; outside corner with guitars.
From top left clockwise: bathroom sink and bath taps corner; toilet corner; bath corner; bathroom out to hall.
Stuart Brownlee – 512319
14 August 2015