Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pushing Your Sketching Boundaries: OXFORD WORKSHOP 2015

This is our second workshop in Oxford where we combined our skills to provide a great variety of insight on the breadth of urban sketching, Swasky focused on people, Isabel on colour and Miguel on line.  
This year we had our base at the Museum of Oxford within the Town Hall complex right in the centre of Oxford.  Not only did we meet there at the beginning of each session but we put together an exhibition from with the tutors and students work that was displayed in their gallery space during July 2015.

Each tutor explored element of their own expertise:
Isabel worked in watercolour
She asked participants to look at colour first, lose the fear of doing it wrong, think about contrast and look at colour in relation of light and shadow and not colouring in or paint a “pretty” picture - e.g. one of the exercises restricted the colour palette to one colour and its complementary, and/or primary colours.

Swasky focused on people and stories.
Drawing people is probably one of the most scary subjects when we are practicing drawing. Nevertheless if we want to get a full idea, or a least a really interesting drawing, we have to pay attention to people. We have to face them being reckless and working in a three days workshop is the best way to get over all our fears drawing people. Of course we worked drawing life, we went to the Covered Market St and we paid attention to all the stories that people might tell to us and we might draw.

Miguel looked at line
He provided tips to lose the fear of putting pen to paper, and asked each participant to discover their own calligraphy, forgetting the set up or composition of the whole and just adding little details one beneath each other as letters composing words and words composing the drawn tale of the scene.


As the images show the participants pushed themselves but enjoyed the experience. The impressive exhibition was witness of it and the Town Hall occupants gave it a very positive reception.

From their own comments, participants enjoyed:
“Learning new things and doing them immediately"
"[that it] took me out of my comfort zone, explained and practised techniques new to me, everything explained clearly and enthusiastically”
“Learning to try new things and being inspired to do so.”
“Taking knowledge away that I shall definitely use again.”
“Being definitely pushed!”

Workshop photos:

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Coventry April 2015 Pushing Your Sketching Boundaries - Space Oddities

Coventry and our venue, the Herbert Gallery, were great locations to based the workshop, right in the centre of a very walkable city

The workshop explored and pushed perspective ideas of our participants in various ways: Simone explained the more traditional one and two point perspective basics; Swasky looked at views in the round using flattened drawings and also including multiple perspective points of view on the same drawing and Isabel focused in curvilinear perspective where everything bends

In the end, students pushed themselves a lot, they tackled complex concepts and people adapted the different ideas to their way of drawing, the results, speak for themselves - a few images below. The main lesson is not to be frightened of complexity and open the mind to different ways of representation that allow you to include more space in your drawings.

The entire group worked together in the afternoons under the direction of one of the instructors: with Swasky we did quick portraits and figures, with Simone we looked at people in urban space and at thinking about composition using thumbnails with Isabel we drew collective sketches - a view in four hands, sharing our sketchbooks and learning to adapt to others points of view.   

Our  work was displayed as an exhibition at the Herbert Gallery on display during the month of April 2015
Coventry workshop group
Simone, Isabel and Swasky happy after setting the day's exhibition
Tackling curvilinear perspective
See of portraits
View on the round

 Drawing people in the urban landscape
Drawing team by their 4 hand drawings
Space Oddities Exhibition Wall 1
 Space Oddities - Exhibition Wall 2