Sketch Class this Week: Tues 21. Thurs 23. Fri 24. August ’12

Tues Aug 21. Building block houses

Tues Aug 21. Building block houses

Tues Aug 21. On the balcony at NB Hotel

Tues Aug 21. On the balcony at NB Hotel

Tues Aug 21. Aspects of the Corso

Tues Aug 21. Aspects of the Corso

TUESDAY AUGUST 21.

We had two houses made of blocks on the tables today. Both girls sat and sketched one, leaving the other for next time.

I’m going skiing instead decided one!!

We are now really looking at what goes away above and below your eye level.

This is the key to it.

Seeing the angles and getting it quickly down on paper.

Down the hill we went and along to the meeting place outside the New Brighton Hotel where Jenny was waiting.

It was a very sunny day, so a number of visitors were lazing on the circular flat seats in very casual poses – as you’ll see in one sketch!

With something in our pads we found a good table on the hotel balcony and ordered a yummy lunch.

With that done we could go back to our work and get it ‘just right’

A very enjoyable venue with many sketch possibilities.

Now let’s see what they did on Thursday!

Thurs Aug 23. Block buildings.

Thurs Aug 23. Block buildings.

Thurs Aug 23. Sketching from the hotel

Thurs Aug 23. Sketching from the hotel

Thurs Aug 23. Sketchers at the bar

Thurs Aug 23. Sketchers at the bar

Thurs Aug 23. Manly Corso, our sketches

Thurs Aug 23. Manly Corso, our sketches

THURSDAY AUGUST 23.

This weather is strange. Blue skies, hot winds. Distant black clouds. Umbrella or Sunglasses?

Both tables had a building block mansion, and 2 sketches was the order of the day.

Having to speed up for the 2nd one seems to improve the sketch! Plus colour needs to be added.

Again we were headed to the Corso where Julie found us.

Some went inside to the big open windowed bar, to sit on a stool and gaze out to the action beyond.

Karen did a great sketch of the 1930’s brick Hotel Steyne next door ( not shown below) That was one sketch, then it was everybody upstairs to the balcony and a 2nd sketch could be done.

Today’s sketches all captured whatever it is about Manly that makes it so.

Definitely catching the holiday mood the Corso has year round, and a record of another fun sketch day.

But how did Friday’s class deal with the challenge?

Friday August 24. Mansions & Basilicas

Friday August 24. Mansions & Basilicas

Friday August 24. Manly Corso

Friday August 24. Manly Corso

FRIDAY AUGUST 24.

Oh blocks again! No no, think Mansions and Basilicas. Oh Ok.

You still first have to work out the area it will take on your page.

Now work out which direction it’s going away to, one way and then the other.

You know, I think everyone has been amazing this week. Everybody got stuck in and really had their brains working overtime to ‘see’ this.

It’s not easy at first. You think you know how all this works until you actually take a good look.

Line up that pen against the building in front of you when on location, and check how it sits compared to the rectangle of your sketch book. Interesting.

Much more angle than you thought.

No it isn’t straight on to you.

Some did sketches looking toward the beach. Just a gorgeous deep blue sea out there.

Some chose the Federation decorative Manly Corso Iconic buildings, and others the central cafe.

Everybody got ‘it’.  Every sketch a summing up of Manly.

I’ll be away in NZ for all next week, so we’ll return to sketching the week after. The blocks are back in their bucket.

Happy sketching meantime.

©ErinHill2012

2 comments

  1. Annie

    Things like waiting in a queue at the airport, riding the bus to work, even waiting in a grocery store checkout queue are all now sketching opportunities instead of tedious time wasters! I’ve been taking Erin’s travel sketching class for a few weeks now and she’s taught me how to see and quickly sketch the world around us! Love the class. Highly recommend it!

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  2. Atsuko

    Erin taught me how to see perspective clearly. As my drawing has been looking flat since I was a elementary student, I felt as if the scales had fallen from my eyes. I look forward to the next lesson!

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