Sunday, 30 March 2008
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Back outside in the cold and snow showers again today. Why am I doing this, the drawings I am producing are bad and hypothermia is setting in. I am a lone figure on an industrial trading estate drawing with hat and gloves on. The answer to this, I think, is experience.
Spending time looking at stuff, cursing the conditions when I could be warm in my studio or at home with Helen, and trying to draw what I see. It gives me something to remember.
The quality of these photos means it's hard to see what the sketch is let alone read anything but I hope they give an idea of what is going on on the page.
Monday, 24 March 2008
Past few days I have been working on these panoramic sketches. First I had to cut up my moleskine to make the concertina folds. I tried calculating the amount of pages I would need by taking photographs, stitching them together in photoshop then dividing them up proportionally to the sketch book. This was a waste of time, photographs and the way I draw are totally different.
I was five page short for what I wanted as it turned out. This sketch shows the view standing on Thornes Lane and looking out over the River Calder towards the bridge and Chanty Chapel. The view moves from left to right where it ends up at the Waterfront Development and the Hepworth building site. The total time for this drawing was about two hours (the grey wash added at the studio, so maybe a bit longer) but that's two hours stood outside in freezing temperatures. I am glad to say that there was snow too, so I felt like a real outdoors extreme sketch maker good and proper.
Sunday, 23 March 2008
Walking around Wakefield with Helen doing a bit of drawing. In between getting wet and cold and going for cups of hot chocolate we talked about where I was at with this drawing project. On the way home we ended up looking at the Hepworth site from the Thornes lane side. If you don't know Wakefield then this doesn't mean a thing... anyway. Got all excited about doing a panoramic sketch of this area, something to get my teeth into.
Monday, 17 March 2008
Sunday, 16 March 2008
Saturday, 15 March 2008
Monday, 10 March 2008
Saturday, I joined a group of people for a walk around the 'nicer' end of town as part of the Food, Drink & Rhubarb Festival in Wakefield. I really enjoyed myself, finding out about the past and some of the potential future buildings in this part of Wakefield. In between the nineteen sixties and seventies constructs there are some truly gorgeous buildings that can rival those in more traditional touristy cities like York. I just hope that the renaissance for building new stuff at the moment doesn't become another phase of 'sixties and seventies' type interlopers.
I used dip pen and ink outside on the Civic Quarter Tour above and regretted it. Although the wind wasn't 'that' strong it was bad enough to make things uncomfotable, I got ink over my hands, trousers and sketch book. Aw well, I can throw it all away or I can work with it and accept it's all part of the process.