TASK: There and back again
With sketchbook in hand, go on a journey and document the experience.
Depending on your circumstances this might be a regular commute from one end of town to the other on the bus, a short holiday, or a day trip. Wherever you decide to go, produce at least three drawings or illustrations that say something about your experience of setting out on your journey, your destination, and your travel home. You may want to use more drawings to illustrate some of the stages in between.
The final images sequenced as a narrative
As with all my work for this part of the course I need to practise my sketching a lot more. In this project I did not use any photos – things were going past too quickly and I wanted to focus on capturing things on paper. I actually enjoyed this way of working – trying to get down the essential lines, then annotating. On a journey you are relying more on memory and cannot get bogged down in detail, so things flow more. Till you arrive of course!
I need to explore a range of styles for finishing. I like using ProCreate on my iPad and it has a lot of potential. But this was my first real attempt at using it to work up pencil sketches – and did not have time to revisit the project in preparation for assessment. I want to get the sense of movement and excitement through using some blur, but also more dynamic ink lines. These ones are much too ‘fuzzy all over’, and I need to nthink more about the colours. I have done quite a bit more in ProCreate since, and need to go back to all these images and redo them. I also need to think about them as a series – what do I keep looking very similar, and what do I vary for punctuation/expression of particular stages. A process….
For this project I used a trip to London in March. This trip was a weekend break with a boat cruise along the Thames. On this trip I focused on sketching and did not take supporting photos to see just how much I could fill in from memory. Then what the lessons would be for future.
in the order they were drawn.
I then worked into the images in Procreate four months later, using the sketches directly or combining several into one image. Some were omitted because I did not have enough information or clear enough memory to make them interesting, or they repeated information from other sketches. Some were reordered to make a more interesting narrative. In preparation for assessment I revisited some of these to do slightly more polished images, but they need more work and thinking through.
iPad images and notes as sent to my tutor
The morning started fine. With the sun streaming through the front door – seeming to smile on the journey. I like the light and warmth in this image. But it is too overdone and I don’t like the colour.
As we got in the taxi the sky began to cloud over. I want to get rid of some of the pencil lines here, and make the morning light a bit more contrasty. The light was really nice – looking forward to the journey.
By the time we got on the train the weather had clouded over. It seemed like we had to wait for ages. This needs some better control of ProCreate. I want more dynamic lines of the station, contrast with the vertical of the pillar. And better figures on the platform.
I need to practise my figure drawing! And stop the man from levitating. But I like the frame of the cases at the front.
I liked the moody grey sky and dull green of the landscape – quite bleak. I have not yet managed to quite capture that here. I need to contrast the frame of the window with the rail track, and get a sense of movement through blur. Also think more about the colours.
I like the general feel of this, but need to think more about the colour.
I like this one, but need to sharpen up the figures a bit, and sort out the pencil on the seagulls,
This one I want to sharpen up the figures. With some narrative between the man and woman at the front. But maintain the sketchiness of the outside.
This was Kings Cross Station. With a group of parents meeting their children from a school trip – all obsessed with their mobile phones. I could play around a lot more to vary the figures here.
I was struck by this disabled soldier.
I need to work on this image a lot more – I want to retain the pastel painting of the face. But need to think how to do the reflection in front of the passing countryside – or should I make it a platform?
I like the red bus. But need to sort out the pencil lines – what sort of style am I aiming for. Also to contrast with the image of the outward journey. The weather and feeling coming back was duller. I could exaggerate that more.