Etiqueta: charcoal

Part 5 – The personal project

The main bus station – Terminal O’Higgins

I made several studies of the main bus terminal on two separate occasions – what drew me to the station was the constant movement, buses, people, taxis and pedestrians. Also the fact that I have been a constant traveller and commuter all of my life and this bus station in Rancagua is the start and end point for many journeys.

My first two sketches below capture some of this atmosphere – the first sketch more so as the mark making is more fluid, and there is more attention paid to movement than form and correctness. The second sketch is more restrained and in trying to capture a busy moment with lots of traffic and people, I lost my way.

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The next sketch as well as the second drawing above were from a high viewpoint in front of the station overlooking the scene.

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Finally I looked to the right, moved down to a lower level and made this quick sketch looking towards the main avenue to capture the traffic and a huge flag pole that dominates the skyline in front of the station. I liked this view but in the end did not have enough detail/interest to complete a final drawing.

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At home using a photo of the station from a similar viewpoint to my first sketch above I made the following drawings:

They did not really capture the atmosphere I was looking for and were absent of movement and people – even my markmaking was heavy and static.  This then turned into a more abstract style using heavy soft pastel – see below:

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All were made in my A5 sketchbook.

I felt that I should backtrack and use my original sketches of the Terminal to achieve what I was looking for.

Thinking of the work of Kossoff once again, it was clear that although his linework is fragmented, hurried with lots of energetic movement – there is also rigorous observation of even the smallest detail such as pigeons, people, traffic and tree movements.

This can only be achieved by making many sketches of the same place over and over again – which is evident in many of his London Landscapes.

My final drawing of the Terminal was completed studying my sketches and using a photo as a reference for the additional details.

Again it was important for me to build up a sound base with many layers of soft pastel and then finish the drawing with charcoal and soft pastel highlights:

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Terminal O’Higgins, Rancagua. Soft pastel and charcoal on grey tinted Fabriano Tiziano paper 160g (60x25cm)

I feel that this drawing captures the movement, colour and atmosphere of the Terminal – several details are not quite correct – such as the figure to the left of the bus which was perhaps too large and the sign over the building too far to the right and perhaps also too large but overall the composition works, and the electricity wires help fill the space left by what is a very bright blue cloudless sky (typical of the region).

 

 

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Part 4 The figure and the head

Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 5 The moving figure – Exercise 1 Single moving figure

There is nothing so joyful as to see a child in their imaginary world ignoring all around them….this was just such a moment….our two year old grand-daughter with a tutu dancing in front of a window bathed with sunlight which acted as a spotlight during her performance.

This was a major exercise for me and I was exhausted after drawing constantly for about 2 hours and then frustratingly editing the pictures in Adobe Photoshop and Premiere – Photoshop I was familiar with but I was using Premiere for the first time!

Obviously the influence was William Kentridge as I have watched his videos on YouTube many times, and studied his wonderfully illustrated book Fortune edited by Lilian Tone.

This was the moving figure – moving – not in quite the same way as Kentridge – as this video was really like a slide show but like Kentridge I was constantly editing the same picture. What remains is a series of captured images that are then stitched together in a movie.

Hands on hips, the little jump (not high enough), and the belly stuck out…I believe that I have captured the spirit of movement in this exercise.

Exhausting but well worth the effort!

 

 

Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 3 – Exercise 4 Energy

I like drawing fast – so this was an exercise especially for me! I used Croquis Café Dance Challenge videos as my source material:

These were a selection of my quick 1 minute drawings – aprox. A3 size:

 

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Compressed charcoal

 

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Children’s tempura and large watercolour brush
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Acrylic gouache
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Acrylic Gouache

Upon reflection, whilst these were drawings of models frozen in the middle of a dance routine – they were not very dynamic and this has shown up in the above sketches.

I intend to remedy this is Project 5.

 

 

 

 

Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 3 – Exercise 3 Stance

These sketches were a selection of the drawings I made for this exercise – this was the first with a line indicating the central axis:

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Further studies included these very quick 1 minute drawings:

Changing back to charcoal I made this quick sketch over 1-2 minutes:

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Finally I made this sketch in about 2-3 minutes:

 

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Life drawing – Willow charcoal on Strathmore smooth 95g Charcoal paper (12×18″)

 

I was extremely pleased with this drawing using willow charcoal – there was a foreward movement with nearly all the weight on the front foot and a twist in the upper body using a pole (which I drew in the wrong position at first). The paper chosen for this drawing it an absolute joy to draw on and will look to buy more in future.