Week Six began promisingly as warm and sunny but the early Spring weather quickly reverted back to Winter and for most of our sketching groups, it became a battle to find a spot to sketch, out of the icy cold wind and rain.
Our beginner sketchers stepped up to the challenge of perspective, locating eye levels and horizons and visualising vanishing points. For some, sketching perspective is easy, especially if you sat through technical drawing classes in your youth as two in our group did! For others it takes time to notice those subtle angles, to remember to look for the horizontal eye level line and put down strong verticals to anchor our sketch and plan our composition.
We began in the studio working through Real Estate pages and familiarising ourselves with the rules of perspective. Sketching simple buildings and sometimes resketching and resketching until we found the right angles. Then down to Manly to attempt a building on location, getting the proportions and angles not perfect, but good enough to make the building believable on the page. We’re travel sketchers not architects, so our aim is to capture the essence of the place.
General Sketchers also battled wind and rain and emerged stoic and soggy but with great sketches to show for it. We sketched iconic Manly buildings, including St Matthews and the Manly Council Chambers, both tricky perspectives from our low view points. Looking for those strong architectural details, and deciding what to leave out, what to sketch in. We added people to give the buildings a sense of scale and add that human element. Then a quick wash of colour before our coffee, soup or hot meal arrived. All in all, each group managed to produce thoughtful sketches full of personality, it’s always so interesting to see each interpretation of the same scene. Well done!
Kathy and Toni
TUESDAY NEW SKETCHERS. AUGUST 23 ’16
TUESDAY GENERAL. AUGUST 23 ’16
WEDNESDAY GENERAL. AUGUST 24 ’16
WEDNESDAY NEW. AUGUST 24 ’16
THURSDAY GENERAL. AUGUST 25 ’16
SATURDAY GENERAL. AUGUST 27 ’16
It was week 5 for our Auckland students. For General Sketching the subject was ‘The Boatyard. A boat so simple a hull and a pocket handkerchief for a sail – well almost. Boat hulls can be a bit tricky as we have curves that work this way and that – so that is why we had the model to help us before hitting the (Devonport yacht Club) boatyard. The results were very good – not easy subjects ti s ketch as you may think plus added distractions of many other shapes (oops – boats) in the yard.What I enjoyis seeing everyones own style show through with a wee bit of guidance. Plus -it was an other bitterly cold day so we literally drew and ran – for the pub – chips and whatever to warm the souls…
For New Sketchers, now we all have introduction to watercolour under our belts we can get on and improve our skills with lots of practice. Some of us do some work between classes while for others, its a wait till class. Thats all good either way…. This week we were again so lucky with the weather as we did some inside loosening up and then head out to attack a house. By the time we did this we had been well versed in what colours go where plus lights and darks. We are now all getting a sense of watercolour – how tricky it can be but how our way makes it easy – can’t wait to be standing in front of the Eiffel Tower giving it the personal treatment ! hey it looks like we have a new student though I don’t know that having 4 legs will help>
Our Melbourne sketchers were discovering ‘People’. The idea that people are difficult tends to disappear when our tutor starts on 20sec figure sketches. Once we got going, everyone enthusiastically sketching and having a fun time, embracing being the model in different poses so the others could learn to sketch reasonably quickly. It paid off as once we were out and about in Port Melbourne, people jumped out from every where. We also completed class in the Old Melbourne Bakehouse. We had lots of practice with customers around us, and yummy cakes as well.
The website is completed and beautifully presented in both English and Japanese.
“I’ve decided to offer my classes not only to English speaking people but also Japanese people. I’ll still do my classes in English, though I think having both language speakers would be more interesting. For example, there are some Japanese who are interested in learning English in a different way, or foreigners who would like to have communication with local people. We will certainly see if people like the idea.”
Great progress in this last week before we leave Trausse. Our website is looking great, and you’re the first to see it. Much tossing round of ideas of how and where classes will be. There are many iconic locations to sketch and capture the essence of this part of France. Not only a new website but also have a new Facebook page.