Last time (Lesson 9) I drew a version of the house next door using a viewfinder and compared it with an earlier sketch drawn by eye with no measuring. I asked for feedback and got lots of interesting comments, which I would encourage you to go and read now.
I will now share a few comments as it ties in directly with what we will be looking at this week.
- In essence, the first sketch was done as a ‘very quick, end of the day, wind down’ type of sketch. Little thought went into it and the main agenda was simply playing with paint and the texture of the roof.
- The second sketch, using the viewfinder is more accurate, shows dramatic foreshortening and sets the roof more in context (as it includes the wall and fence).
- Note: both are aerial views as I am standing on a balcony looking down to a single storey house downhill.
- Although the viewfinder sketch is more accurate in terms of perspective I feel as if it is too distant – it doesn’t actually create an impression of how dominant the roof is when I look out from my balcony.
Summary: So although the first sketch isn’t as accurate and doesn’t have any context, I much prefer it as it better describes the view and my response to it. It tells the story that I wanted to record.
This is a perfect lead-in to the topic of Lesson 10 which is all about creating a focus, looking for a story and using thumbnails to explore a few options. Last year I wrote a detailed article specifically about how I use thumbnails (more reading for you), but today I simply want to share a few different versions that I explored from the same spot.
Aside: I really love doing these working drawings as they are the closest to architectural design. I don’t miss much about the architectural career I have left behind, but I do miss designing, so doing these kind of sketches makes the architect inside me very happy.
Which version (A- E) do you think I should work up into a proper sketch?