Week 5 of Large Scale Sketchbook and because I'd missed 2 sessions, I was first to have Tony's input into how I might use the 'data' collected in the Cast Courts to work with in the sketchbook. Some very interesting ideas which I tried to record quickly in my notebook before I forgot it all! Way too much for 1 weeks work.
1. When I looked through my photos alongside my drawings, I was struck by how the shapes in the helmet etc echoed and interacted with those of the architecture. I also liked the details of sculptures in the background, how they play with your sense of scale and space and the strange juxtaposition
2. Looking at tone, the contrast of the rough, dark, backs with the finer, lighter, details of the fronts of the busts . Homework: add tonal values in ink to the original drawings , to photocopy next time.
3. I'd taken lots of photos circling around the subject from different viewpoints ( and different interactions with the background). We talked about how I might combine all these images together to make a sort of 3 D version. It would probably work better as a separate 'artists book' ( perhaps star shape) but if I wanted to work with it in the sketchbook itself, perhaps I could use a concertina structure using a couple of pages? I had printed out thumbnail 'contact prints' so cut out the relevant ones and stuck them in my notebook to remind myself of what to print out for next week. Perhaps tracing of the shapes and overlaying them would work.....
So many possibilities, I started as most people did combining photocopies of drawings and photos, cutting out shapes, adding extra drawing to make linkages between different elements.
Already looking interesting looking at repetition of shapes and lines
Then I cut through the pages and the applied fairly strong ink wash
Applying more ink to the back, the layers are beginning to look interesting and starting to lose sense of what you're looking at
My favourite double page spread - I like the shapes that are developing around the figures, the contrast between the white space and the complexity.
The list of things to do before the next class is growing. Besides adding darker tones to my original drawings and printing off more photos, I was thinking back to some of the lessons I learnt from the collage course: making rubbings of layered collage and combining cutouts and tracings. Must add tracing paper and masking tape to my list.