Pr1: Check & Log: Project 1 – Landscape Drawing

  • In what way did you simplify and select in your study? Where you able to focus on simple shapes and patterns amid all the visual information available to you?

I drew in the big shapes first and worked my way down. This way the details where the last thing to go in if not admitted entirely.

It was harder to focus on simple shapes when I chose to use a scene with a complicated skyline and was attempting to do it from life. Again some details are missing.

  • How did you create a sense of distance and form in your sketches?

By using scale perspective and arial perspective (less detail for receding objects and cooler and fainter colours or marks). Fore shortening helped here when buildings involved.

  • How did you use light and shade was it successful?

I hope light and shade where successful in places as I am still battling with form. My tutor pointed out I need to work on the mid tones. I hope that in the cloud studies it shows I was very conscious of this.

  • What additional preliminary work would have been helpful toward the larger study?

Using a different view would have helped. I got so caught up looking for a frame in the picture I ended up with one with very little middle and limited background land. I actually wish I had done this from life even though it would have taken me longer. The camera lies! the shadows where far to dark and the light and colours I’m sure where not true to life but shoot through the cameras filters.

I think the prelim sketches and thoughts in the sketch book I made where very helpful.

I would change the orange strip bellow the chimney and make it cooler and lighter. I would also add clouds if I did this drawing again.

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About Emma Perring

I am an artist working in mainly soft pastel at present.

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