Portraits & Streetscapes

Oct 25,26,27th ’12 Another week with some fun and challenging subjects…….

Thurs. Oct 25. Sketching ourselves

Thurs. Oct 25. Sketching ourselves

Thurs. Oct 25. Stress-free streetscapes

Thurs. Oct 25. Stress-free streetscapes

Thurs.Oct 25. Ann, streetscape - (left early )

Thurs.Oct 25. Ann, streetscape – (left early )

THURSDAY OCT 25 ’12

Not a still life in sight.

Whatever will we sketch then! The answer – each other.

The idea is to sketch whoever is nearby, so you are not staring at each other. This also means people will hold that position till their own sketch is done.  One cannot take this personally as you’ll discover. We just want the shape and character of whoever we are sketching.

Some fun work today and many laughs.

West Esplanade is lined with 1936 style architecture and most of it has been kept in character.

We were doing ‘No Perspective Streetscapes’. A  line of buildings from the front, and not being concerned with perspective for once. Such a beautiful day for sitting in the park sketching.

Lunch and completion of colour took place at Bean Rush which has the cutest courtyard.

 Now let’s see what the Friday group managed…..

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Fri Oct 26. Ourselves

Fri Oct 26. Ourselves

Fri Oct 26.Buildings in a row.

Fri Oct 26.Buildings in a row.

FRIDAY OCT 26 ’12

Sketching each other is definitely a challenge. Or that’s what you think.

But it is the same thing you do when you begin any sketch. Just take time to observe.  Note the angles, the length of arms, shape of heads and so on. The results cause much mirth and everyone learns a huge amount at the same time.

The line of buildings was our second subject.

Get them all facing you. Move a little to the next one and until you have as many fit your page.  This is a fun and simple way to sketch streetscapes. It captures the style of the architecture and we focus on the windows to give us dark areas.  If you can have an open door it invites your eye into the sketch.

Outdoor tables at Baccino were where we completed our work with a little lunch and coffee.

So what do you think the Saturday people will make of all this? Let’s find out….

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Sat Oct 27. Sketching us

Sat Oct 27. Sketching us

Sat Oct 27. Streetscape sketching

Sat Oct 27. Streetscape sketching

SATURDAY OCT 27′ 12

For people who’ve never drawn people, we’ve had some pretty amazing results this week.

Today we each looked at the next person and hoped they’d stay still to be sketched. Just like real life – they don’t. But that’s all part of observing and remembering how you’d seen them. Sometimes you just make it up.

Our buildings were still there on West Esplanade, waiting for us to start sketching.

At first the idea of moving buildings to suit yourself seems strange. But in sketching you simply want a spontaneous version of what you see at the time.  Everyone began to get the idea and were soon deep into capturing one or more of them full frontal.  These are so much fun and the bright colours simply make them a delightful memory in your book of how the day was.

Baccino was our lunch work station and lots of details were completed over a well deserved lunch.

More challenges next week. Get ready.

©ErinHill2012

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