Building Blocks, French Boxes & Bell Towers

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THURSDAY MARCH 14 2013

I knew people would groan when they arrived.

Nothing forgiving about perspective.

Just so happens if you don’t have some idea about how it goes you’ll forever wonder why your buildings don’t look quite right.

With different sized boxes on one table, we had the kids building blocks made into a sort of church on the other.

I had a demo sketch on the whiteboard,  which helps see the direction the lines go.

Most people had less trouble on their second sketch.

So the message was going in somewhere!

St Andrew’s was our next challenge. A beautiful sandstone building with plenty of arches, gargoyles, and columns and a bell tower.

By now these were working well, and any corrections were simple to make.

Hemmingway’s was today’s cafe. Across the road from Manly’s famous surf beach and serves a great coffee and delicious food.

A hard day’s work behind us.

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FRIDAY MARCH 15 2013

Oh no is that a whimper i hear as everyone arrives!

This perspective exercise reminds me of having to eat your veggies first before you can have dessert!

You know it’s good for you.

But as people settle into gazing at the 2 setups, quietness takes over.

We look at the white board to be reminded of which way the disappearing lines go.

Atsuko cleverly marks out her own grid, and builds her sketch on that and Annie agrees.

People are definitely seeing how this works.

Brains take longer to ‘get it’. Much thinking is required.

Over we go to St Andrew’s. Sometimes we walk past these beautiful pieces of architecture and don’t ‘see’ them.

Sketching this way lets you observe detail and see newly discovered little corners and curly cues which you hadn’t seen before..

It’s much more than just a big box.

All the way down the street to the beach. Turn right and we’re at Hemmingway’s.

Coffee’s are ordered and several pumpkin, chevre and rocket salads. Maybe they’re as good as yesterday’s fresh fig salad.

The sketches are a delight.

You’ll begin to see people using new techniques now. Leonie doing vignettes, Robbie on fire with a bigger pad and watercolours and the white chinagraph gives some lovely effects in others.

A satisfying day.

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SATURDAY MARCH 16

What a magnificent day. No umbrellas needed.

Again the 2 still lifes get people totally focussed. Everyone is catching on and we check a few angles only if they catch our eye.

Nothing wrong with a few bits going screwy, this is a learning exercise. If you put the lines down you’ll know if they are working or not.

A walk through Ivanhoe Gardens and we come out opposite the beautiful St Andrews.

All the sketches of this building really show the charm and character of it.

Again you’ll see sketches using different techniques and larger pads.

It’s called spreading your wings and taking flight.

It’s so enjoyable.

Then to the upstairs lounge of Hemmingways., surround by photos of him, his mates and places he worked.

The water bottles are Gin bottles and the decorative tea cups are branded similarly.

All of it a sketch, although everyone finished their churches and ate delicious food.

Unfortunately I got so carried away with what we were doing, I totally forgot the people pics.

I’ll give you Saturday folk closeups from very angle next week.

Then it was off to the airport for my birthday helicopter flight – which was supposed to be a secret. Well I’d made other plans you see –  so had to be convinced there was good reason to undo those!

It was absolute magic.

My next post will be this.

©ErinHill2013

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