Week 8 of EDAM with new tutor Ute Kreyman and a very different approach to drawing from the expressive approaches of previous weeks. The theme for the 3 week project was looking at different types of analytical, orthographic drawing techniques (paraline, axonometric) and making maquettes as a support for drawing/ photography.
We were particularly looking at the concept of ' crating' looking at how artists like Chris Burden had used this in 'small Skyscraper ' (above) to play with sense of scale and in work by Oliver Zwink ( below)
Looking to see how a pot or vessel for instance could be simplified into a series of stacked boxes or crates , adding the curves a later point once dimensions established rather than building the volume up in for instance a series of spirals ( as I did in week 6)
Or comparing the spiral form of Antony Gormley's ' Feeling Material' with the use of cylinders/ boxes to simplify the shape in the human form ( below)
After a demonstration by Ute of freehand axonometric drawing using 45 degree angles we developed templates on which we placed sheets of tracing paper to build up shapes ( circles, spheres, cyclinders etc ). I was thrilled to learn how to draw an arch !
We then built up imaginary compositions of buildings such as town square, using this as a starting point.
Definately out of my comfort zone tho' I have used accurate drawing techniques before , particularly when I was drawing up patchwork piecing patterns or preparing draft illustrations for Phil Seaton to draw properly in our book ' Growing Orchids from Seed'
Mainly when I do drawing/ painting./sewing I think of the skills I learnt from my mum but with this technique it was my dad I was grateful to. He was a design engineer with a keen interest in woodworking, building all kinds of useful and decorative items (His father was a pattern-maker on the Glasgow shipyards involved with refit of Queen Mary and my great, great grandfather was a cooper!) . I've still got and use some of his tools including the carpenter's t- square, a lovely thing in hardwood and brass made by 'I & H Sorby' and have a large stock of pencils used for drawing on drafting film.
But I digress ! The last hour of the class was building spaceships out of household packaging materials we'd brought from home. I was running out of steam ( still suffering from cold) so I was grateful when Sandy suggested we pool resources and join forces with Shabana,
Mine ( above) was definately minimalist in comparison to some of the imaginative structures produced.
' crating' to the photo of my charcoally hand and to the coffee filter cone that was the inspiration behind this ' spaceship'
When getting the Xmas decorations out of the garage , I found the pumpkin sweetie box we use with a LED bike light in at Halloween and am thinking spaceship interiors.
Tomorrow I'll be drawing at the Science Museum - will it be rockets rather than irons this time I wonder? Better take some graph paper and a ruler!