Part 3: Project 5: Exercise 2 – Study of a townscape using line

Brief

Use two sketchbook pages to make a preliminary drawing of this study. Establish the primary focus and any other shapes and objects you think necessary to make this drawing interesting and unexpected. Make notes about the weather conditions and how they affect your approach to the drawing and establish the general mood.

Decide what sort of marks fit the mood and shapes of this study. Find the centre point of your paper and relate this to the focal point of your preliminary drawings; decide on the foreground, middle ground and background. Complete the study in pen and ink or a black drawing pen or fine brush pen.

Part 3 Project 5 Exercise 2 - course notes image
OCA student, Jo Conteh

Did your preliminary sketches give you enough information for your final pieces of work? Yes

What would you do differently another time? Make notes in your learning log.

Drawings

Part 3 Project 5 Exercise 2 - Townscape study using line - sketches
Part 3 Project 5 Exercise 2 – Townscape study using line – sketches

It was a clear day, grey sky and the mood of the narrow/enclosed Lombard St felt like the right spot to explore – firstly at street level with folk passing by and then looking up to the roof line for the quirky features. I did these sketches fairly quickly and some of the angles aren’t quite right, but I really just wanted to try and capture the atmosphere of these fine old buildings. I already had in mind what my final study drawing would be and as the sky broke up the greyness brightened and white clouds started to populate the blueness above.

So, here’s the finished ink drawing – Fineliner black, grey and yellow pen with Inktense block ink wash. I sketched this in situ using 3H and 3B pencils and took a reference photograph. The ink layers were added back home, with a final sponge dobbing of the sky – trying not to overdo it. Overall, I am happy with this colour line drawing and think that it is certainly drawn from an interesting and unexpected viewpoint. I enjoyed doing it.

Part 3 Project 5 Exercise 2 - Townscape study using line - colour drawing
Part 3 Project 5 Exercise 2 – Townscape study using line – colour drawing

Q) What would I do differently another time? A) Have the courage and confidence to carry out the whole sketch/drawing in situ. I sketched the idea of the layout of the composition on site and completed the inking and washing in the comfort/safety of my home studio.

Stuart Brownlee – 512319
22 October 2015