Draw an outdoor scene of your choice. Try to find a view that includes some natural objects – trees, shrubs, pot plants, fields, garden plants. Also try to find a view that will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of aerial or linear perspective – in other words a view that has some demonstrable depth to it. Look for a view that offers an opportunity to draw straight-lined objects as well as items drawn from nature: buildings, walls, fences, gates and so on. This may seem like a lot to look for, but most views from windows and doors will offer you a bit of all of these things.
The above are the final drawing and its initial drawing of the assignment three, It is based on a photo I took earlier in the year on the platform while waiting the train to London on a sunny cold morning. I have massively reduced the number of lamp posts on the opposition platform and other fixtures in the middle ground too.
I have found difficulties in choosing the subject in order to demonstrate both aerial and linear perspective. Initially I did a number of thumbnails of Basingstoke canal. They failed in aerial perspective. Then I moved on to the Cody statue in the front with Farnborough airport at the back and airplanes flying in the airshow. I liked the composition but then they hardy show any linear perspective. I dug out a photo I took at the Farnborough Main Station and did a rough sketch in my sketchbook. I thought it was just perfect.
I drew a 6×6 grid on the photo and plotted it to a A2 cartridge paper. I have not done much experiments with other media. I recently watched a drawing video. The artist drew beautifully just using a B9 pencil with all the different tones. I went to see how far graphite pencil can go. I admit I did use HB, B3, B6 and B8 pencils.
I like the ceiling of the platform cover and the shadow of the stair. I have darken the steps in the sun because I don’t want to draw the eyes too much attention to the edge of the picture. On the whole I am quite pleased with the result.