Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Postbox









Full set of 24 images plus original pencil drawings here.

These last two days we've been doing another location drawing workshop based around the theme of an object. We were given a list (that included door, window, gate, tree, traffic light, boat, and a bunch of others I can't quite remember) from which I chose "postbox" (or "pillar box" - although there was some post-themed deviation). We went about town drawing our item of choice, in A6 landscape format (at least 24pieces). Most of the exercise was about looking at a mundane object, and seeing how you can draw it in different sizes (zoomed in, whole thing, far away), contexts (whats around it, is anyone or anything interacting with it? Negative space, composition) and not get bored! Also, A6 being quite small, and having to make at least 24 pieces, it was about practicing speed and gestural drawing, over too much detail (oh man did I have difficulty with that!).

Although mine are still quite detailed, I started to get much looser towards the end, especially as I moved on from a B to a 4B pencil. I then photocopied all my pieces (makes it all look uniform), and coloured in the photocopies with coloured pencils. Full set of pictures here. If anyone has advice on how to scan/photograph pencil drawings, can they please give me a shout, as I'm having no joy ...

Really enjoyed this and am enthused about doing more observational location drawing. Heres' what the drawings (originals on top, coloured photocopies on the bottom) looked like arranged in a group:



5 comments:

design for mankind. said...

These are so lovely, as always! :)

Lindsay said...

I love the idea of small drawings put together to make a larger work. Really interesting views too.

Adele said...

Mithi! Those are really stunning. I'd love some of those to put up in my study. Gorgeous!!

Derve said...

Your drawings are adorable as always. Hope you're well. xx

Gesa said...

This looks like good fun. I like the task - will keep it in mind. It's an interesting one with the speed/gestural drawing - something I do find much easier than detail. But it's also really useful as for working out composition. To explore and vary something mundane - I had noticed that with your knitters on flickr too - some of the compositions are fab!