Promising to create a new habit like a drawing a day is always harder than anticipated. I haven’t produced a sketch for this blog for a few days. My excuse is I’ve been flat out with other projects. This is a sketch from one of them. It is part of a revised concept for The Commons in Christchurch. The Commons is the place where the Pallet Pavilion once was. Another neat project by Gap Filler – a community organisations that invented themselves after the earthquakes of 2010 2011 and 2012 destroyed a lot of buildings and left a lot of gravel ugly gaps in our city.
Instead of a drawing a day, I have been working on this piece to submit to the drawing competition. Rather than explain its meaning, I’ll leave it to you to interpret. What do you think? Fit for a competition?
A real artist told me to try drawing the most beautiful line I can imagine. An abstract line that doesn’t mean anything or represent anything. Its just a series of pencils markings on a page.
Over the weekend, I visited Hanmer and while we waited for the hot pools to open at 10am I quickly sketched the tree in front of me. Sadly my page wasn’t big enough so it ended up a bit square topped.
At last a work related sketch. This is a residential design project I’m working on currently. Sometimes I find it is easier to design from this perspective rather than in plan view (birds eye view). It is people we are designing for so it only makes sense that we make this point of view the priority when exploring design options. Later I will translate the design I’ve drawn here into the plan view so that it is all to scale and a contractor can follow it to install everything correctly. With experience, Landscape Architects (or any other designer like an Architect) can imagine the outcome they want and draw that straight onto plan view but there is a risk in drawing in plan view upfront which is designing something that looks its best from the air. That’s great for google earth browsers but what about the people on the ground?
Yikes its getting hard to fit in a sketch EVERY day. Today’s is a very quick doodle during my coffee break. I have pac man on the brain at the moment because of a neat idea I had on a current design project. That won’t make sense now but it might in a few weeks. Stay tuned.
One of the hardest things to draw in a landscape are the people. Today I really struggled to draw the human form. There are several bits of discarded zombie drawings on my office floor right now. In this attempt that I’ve chosen to share with you, I have to confess I used a cheating method. I found a photograph online, wound down the resolution something shocking so you can barely make out any detail and printed it. Using trace paper I outlined the people roughly in pencil and then with another piece of tracing paper, discarding the photo, I used an ink pen to sketch the abstract shapes of people making up some bits in between.
It really puzzles me how lines and shapes can easily represent a person even if it’s a distorted abstraction of a person while other attempts just look like seriously terrible drawings.
Yesterday’s sketch from a photo of Barack Obama. I like how the shading is quick and roughly drawn. I think I’m going to focus on this style of sketching for a while and transition to black ink pen soon.