I was looking forward to this: make sketches of the rooms in the house, turning 45° each time to give another view. My house is a family home where 3 and a half of us live and work so it is a busy environment and I am not the most houseproud of people so there is plenty of drawing fodder.
I bought a ream of A2 copy paper last year and I’m finding it useful to fold a sheet in half and clip to a drawing board as my A3 sketchbook is unwieldy to haul about, so that remains a static workbook. I took my drawing board around my bedroom, my studio/spare bedroom, the lounge and the study:
My bedroom, with a 2B pencil (excuse dog footprint). I often draw the view from my table or seat at restaurants and coffee shops, or on the train and various other sketching opportunities and this has hugely increased my confidence in drawing from life. Yes, the lines are wonky and as usual, I have an interesting take on perspective, but I do get on with it…
I didn’t bother with any tonal values as I was trying to get the proportions correct – I found this quite difficult in such a familiar setting. I did struggle to disengage my brain and draw what I could see.
I do find a regular pencil surprisingly unforgiving for drawing with so for the next room – my studio – I chose a sanguine fineliner:
I found this room much easier, possibly for a number of reasons. I’ve recently appropriated it as my art room so it is full of positivity, and less familiar than my bedroom, and I use a fineliner for my out-and-about sketches so that felt like an old friend. I preferred the subject matter and enjoyed the lines. Doors have an awful lot of lines!! I particularly liked the top left view through the door on to the landing and the window beyond. And the kitten!
I kept with the fineliner for the next room – the lounge:
The proportions went badly wrong on the bottom right section, although I smiled to myself at the Alice in Wonderland scale of things! Again, I really enjoyed the doors even though the front door looks as if it’s propped up against the lounge door in the top right! I was laughing as I drew it but I’m sure it did look like that. Overfamiliarity again…
I wanted to try a different drawing tool for the study, so I chose a 6B graphite stick:
The graphite stick is super chunky of course and has little finesse but I liked the child-like quality of the drawing and simplicity. Once more, I was intrigued by the view through the door in to the lounge and decided to investigate this aspect further.
I’m conscious this is not an exhaustive study as encouraged in the course text but I have to walk a path between ensuring sufficient groundwork and getting bored/running out of time!