Aim: experiment by scaling up an area of an arrangement/drawing to achieve a drawing that suggests a monumental landscape or architecture.
The idea of scaling up is a familiar one to me already as we had a similar exercise on level 1 course. As i remember this was one of the exiting exercises as the experience of finding an interesting area was a way to understand abstraction and explore something from a very different perspective – an extreme close up where detail disappears and a new form emerges.
For some reason i got slightly lost during this project, i would definitely need to revisit this approach and take it further. The overall idea is very interesting especially the possibility of discovery and a new way of constructing a composition.
Changing the scale allows one to experiment and brings a new energy into use of space/composition, also it allows to go more abstract if one wishes – in my case for example , it went a bit too far from the original but i found this approach quite liberating and can see how it could be taken further through experimentation with support/materials and colour.
I have made a number of photographs of small objects gathered together and later did a few small sketches in pencil ( next time i would use ink pen or a variety of pencils to get a better tonal contrast between the areas/lines). I tried to crop some areas but could not find ones that felt right.
I did one sketch using charcoal, pastels, ink and a dip pen, water + brush. At the beginning i thought it may look like an area with some buildings or a part of an architecture – but i feel that it did not get there. It looks more like a train and a plain on top of each other…
(cropped detail) ( A3 sketchbook)
charcoal, pastel, ink
As an experiment i used a sheet of plastic and marker to overlap contours of all 3 initial sketches – the idea was to find a new image. Then i pressed them on to paper while the marker ink was still wet to get an imprint.I liked the result when blue and green overlapped, but think that the last one ( red) made it too busy, that’s why i decided not to use it for enlargement for now. But i definitely like the idea of this. (A3 sheet attached in the sketchbook to page 8)
another experiment: I decided to choose a picture of the dinner ( stir fry) – i liked the shapes and to a some degree it made me think of the sea and underwater vegetation.
I’ve cropped the image and using it as a guide line drew freely some of the shapes and lines. Wax candle was used to preserve a few highlights – but this did not work , i believe it is due to paper not having enough texture. Using brush i applied water to some areas and then dropped ink to let it flow. When this dried using dip pen and ink i redrew some of the lines and also found new shapes along the way. In some way i actually like this drawing – it reminds me of the underwater plants , so perhaps it could be classed as a part of the seascape. ( Sketchbook A3, page 9)
Taking this a bit further I’ve used similar approach on a larger paper ( A1) – charcoal first to apply initial areas/shapes, followed by white oil pastel ( not really visible at the end). Whole paper was moistened using a spray bottle and ink was applied – it did not work in the same way as on a smaller piece so i had to paint the areas rather than drop the ink. Using dip pen i added some linear elements and shapes. Acrylic paint was applied using a roller – to get hit and miss effect. I’m not that happy with the result – the dark/light balance seems a bit off and perhaps it is a bit too busy in places. Saying that i like the texture mark achieved by the roller in combination with flat dissolved ink and harder lines.
There are a few interesting areas that could be cropped out, i think they could be imagined as a part of a landscape: (for example)