Category 01 Landscape drawing

Check and Log: Landscape drawing

In what way did you simplify and select in your study? Were you able to focus on simple shapes and patterns amid all the visual information available to you? I found it quite difficult to not include as much detail as possible.  The first sketches I did were too complicated and I couldn’t help myself […]

Research: Claude Lorrain and Turner

Look at the work of Claude Lorrain and Turner.  Write notes on how those artists divide their landscapes into foreground, middle ground and background. Claude Lorrain (1600 – 1682) I have chosen a pair of paintings by Lorrain which I think show defined divisions between different grounds. Thinking about how artist’s depicted landscapes over the […]

Ex 4 Plotting space through composition and structure

Choose one of your sketches or photographs – or if you prefer, return to a location and draw on the spot.  You will need A3 cartridge paper (fixed to a drawing board if you are drawing outdoors), a ruler, and a range of pencils, graphite pencils and water-soluble pencils.  You will also need to use […]

Ex 3 Drawing cloud formations

In this exercise you will draw comprehensive tonal studies of cloud formations in charcoal, oil pastel and conte with the aid of a putty rubber. To start this exercise I played with creating cloud shapes by rubbing 8B graphite stick and soft pastel onto the paper leaving the white paper as the highlights.  Some clouds […]

Research: Series of landscapes

Look at artists who worked in series with the landscape such as Monet, Pissarro or Cézanne. Make notes in your learning log about the challenges they faced and how they tackled them. Monet Haystacks or Wheatstacks. Monet painted about thirty paintings of haystacks, between late August of 1890 and early February 1891.  They were located […]

Ex 2 360 studies

Choose an expansive landscape where you have an open view in all directions.  Start one drawing looking north.  Use your view finder to find a focal point, frame your view and complete a fifteen-minute drawing. Then turn your stool on the same spot to face west, south and east.  Each time repeat the process of […]

Ex 1 A sketchbook walk

Go for a walk in your local park, around your garden or somewhere you normally walk.  Find a view that you like or are familiar with and use your view finder to help you focus on a point of interest. This could be trees, a gate or a road.  Make four sketches during your walk.  […]