Use two sketchbook pages to make a preliminary drawing of this study. Establish the primary focus and any other shapes and objects you think necessary to make this drawing interesting and unexpected. Make notes about the weather conditions and how they affect your approach to the drawing and establish the general mood. Decide what sort of marks fit the mood and shapes of this study. Find the centre point of your paper and relate this to the focal point of your preliminary drawings; decide on the foreground, middle ground and background. Complete the study in pen and ink or a black drawing pen or fine brush pen.
Choosing a subject for this exercise was as difficult as the last one.
This final line and wash of London Thames river over Waterloo Bridge was based on a photo I took after working out the composition and tone in my sketchbook. The photo was taken in late afternoon after a study visit in London.
My first attempt was the 24′ wind tunnel building in a distant framed by the airship hanger. It was a lovely sunny day, blue sky without any cloud. I sat inside the hanger, looking toward the wind tunnel with modern office building immediate behind the hanger then the old control building (now converted to office and cafe before the wind tunnel). I like the composition but the metal frame proved too challenging.
Second attempt was a lovely old tudor building with black exposed wooden frame and white walls. It was a sizeable building. Initially I thought it would look good with some modern houses behind. I gave it up after the thumbnail because the composition was quite boring.
The weather was very wet for a number of days. I could not do anything outdoor. The next best option was drawing from photo. I worked out the composition in my sketchbook before hand.
Did your preliminary sketches give you enough information for your final pieces of work?
The failed preliminary works help me narrow down options. It saved me time and afford. The preliminary work for the River Thames was only based on photo but still help my thinking process.
What would you do differently another time?
If weather permitted, I would love to do a proper sketch with sufficient information to support a full scale drawing.