Choose a view from exercise 1. Explore in 4 quick sketches differing view points and differing paper orientation
I choose my sketch of the hallway. I like the journey of a room at the back (the study), a staircase and the focal point being a wooden statue of Buddha on the sideboard presiding over the whole scene! It is worth noting that whilst Buddha has no religious significance for me, I inherited this statue from an elderly relative and thus I have an emotional attachment to him stemming from my childhood – we used to try to rub his tummy without laughing, something that as kids we found extremely difficult to do. I love the fact that he now lives in my hallway and greets everyone with his effervescent smile.
This ‘Hallway’ sketch from exercise 1 is quite detailed and took a while. However, my sketches for this exercise were much quicker, being more interested in the composition. I removed the stand of floor ball sticks. I think they add something to this whole interior view, but I wanted to develop Buddha standing in his domain. I did have to be careful that my quick sketches of the statue did not turn into wacky versions of Homer Simpson!
The images below are my 4 sketches. All were done in charcoal pencil in an A3 sketchbook
The room that leads off the hall in the original sketch was as it is, with a window visible through the doorway. I decided that these light tones didn’t really add much to the picture, rather complicating it with lots of vertical lines. I simplified the issue by drawing the curtains, making the room appear much darker than the hall. The dark tonal value helped pick out the foreground in places, most notably in Buddha 2 and 3. I think all these sketches have something going for them. Buddha 1 is quite a close up, drawn whilst standing up. I like it as a still life but it is more about the statue than it is as an interior. I love the drama and sense of journey in Buddha 2, drawn whilst sitting on the floor. The stair-head provides an extra dimension to the drawing, as does the dark room behind (as previously mentioned). My only issue with this drawing is that from the floor the front of the sideboard is large and imposing, and quite boring. Buddha 3 done in landscape format does what the course notes suggest, offers a sense of intimacy. However, in this format I miss the drama that the stair-head provides. In Buddha 4 I tried the idea suggested by the course notes that objects could be ‘cut off’. I like the fact that Buddha is only partially visible, but unfortunately i don’t think quite enough of him si. WIthout his face at least, the main focus of this drawing becomes the jumble of coats on the back wall, all in shadow. the sense of depth provided by the dark study leading off the hall is also missing which lends to a weaker composition.
I am drawn to the idea of developing Buddha 2 more. I like the portrait format with the stair-head visible leading the eye on a journey up to the first floor. I think that sitting on the floor is too low however, as the boring sideboard is quite dominant. I would like to develop this view but maybe from a low stool so the view-point is somewhere between Buddha 2 and Buddha 3.