Sunday, September 30, 2007

Things I might have seen in London, part 7

I like using grids as a way of imposing discipline on my approach to drawing. There are a number of ways to use grids. In this case, I drew a grid in light pencil on a sketchbook page. I then made it a goal to fill that grid with tonal studies by the end of the day as I wandered around. The fact that each composition was a fixed rectangle helped to eliminate another decision from the process. Restrictions like this make it easier for me to focus my efforts.

There are other ways to use grids. Thumbnail sketches work really well in a grid format. Here's a "bus sketching" session:

When sketching from the imagination rather than from life, using a closely spaced grid can stimulate creative thinking. Allowing lines from one grid box to flow into the next permits an uninterrupted flow of ideas. Not all of these thumbnails will be useful, but in this approach quantity comes first. Discerning the best image becomes a process of elimination.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Things I might have seen in London, part 6

Floppycabs. Floppy but evil!

A church, too. Nice to see that an old church still knows how to get funky.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Things I might have seen in London, part 5

A view of London from the hill behind the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. This is where the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the prime meridian are located. Also on this page, an interesting house in Earls Court and a view of the front of the Natural History museum.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007