We’ve just wrapped up a fun week of sketching with shapes as part of the Group Run-through of Foundations. This is a favourite subject of mine as starting my sketches with shapes is a big part of my work.
This week in Lesson 3 we looked at three important ways of using shapes:
- combining similar coloured areas into simple shapes
- using negative shapes to define form
- mapping light and dark
Here are some of my shape-based sketches from this week.
A collection of shapes (without any desire for accuracy) of the boring building I often sketch while sipping my morning coffee.
A dark brick church on a wet morning.
A paint-only shape-based sketch of the church doorway that I have sketched many times. I like the ‘happy accident’ that happened with the pink flowers in the garden bed.
A Mosman house sketched before an appointment. Oh! by the way, I’m now using a smaller Spiral Alpha – this is the 7×10.
A paint-only Lane Cove sketch on an overcast day.
On the left, I have marked up the shapes I saw and on the right the same scene the next day (when the sun was out) with coloured pencil shapes. (Note: the concepts from this sketch are explained in the Edges course Lesson 1 and 2)
A quick loose interpretation of the indoor exercise for Lesson 3. I thought I would try the Eradicator to lift some paint and restore a white shape that I lost… but I was a little aggressive and took away the surface of the paper!
Doing a few sketches of letterboxes as part of the outdoor prompt for Lesson 3. It was so much fun to do these and I want to do a few more.
I hope all my Australian friends had a lovely Australia Day holiday!
As it was more or less a normal workday for me (including a Foundations Livestream this morning) I ended up doing my usual weekday visit to Lane Cove National Park. I timed my visit later than usual (around 4:30 pm) but the park was still very busy. It was nice to chill and do this sketch surrounded by the sounds of picnicking people and the aroma of a nearby BBQ.
And yes, this is not a shape-based sketch like the others in this article… although I did think about shapes at the start. 🙂
It’s been so much fun to abstract shapes this week and I’m looking forward to switching gears again and starting to construct volumes from tomorrow.
I’m struck by how shapes is pretty synonymous with the direct watercolor challenge types of work. I’m always a fan of those! Looking forward to volumes, myself, it’s such a challenge!
Liz why choose sketchbooks with ring binders? Drawing across the break drives me crazy!
It’s good for a challenge! 🙂
Hi Liz I start out abstracting shapes but end up reverting to edges.
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