Exercise One- Sketchbook townscape drawings

For this exercise we were asked to look for an interesting building or lot of buildings on a side angle to get an interesting view point to further onto sketches. For this we were asked to pick spots we were most interested in and to focus mainly onto those spots in a small quick sketch, we were told to be selective on the parts we wanted to focus on.

Due to the recent circumstance of COVID-19 I wasn’t able to get out and about the house the same and look around towns to take sketches, I don’t like to go out of the house when it’s not necessary or for work. With this in mind and with a lot of these exercises it has really paid off with my hobby of photography! I have used pictures I took previously from a little holiday in Spain. Whilst on this holiday there were many fantastic and interesting buildings and I took lots of detailed pictures. Below are my sketches from my pictures and I am happy with how the sketches look:

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Here is a close up sketch of the panels covering the roofing, it is an interesting piece of the building and I felt I had to capture a sketch of this to use.

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I do love how this building looks, I found the curved architecture so fascinating and it created for such an interesting sketch, I do think the angles on each of these sketches are fairly accurate and I am happy with the look of this. On this sketch I have marked my eye level to this sketch (best I could considering it was a picture) I do think it could be a disadvantage for it being a photograph yet I do think I got a fairly accurate sketch.

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In this image I captured the side of the building and the building is actually a restaurant which is so fascinating for such a detailed building yet I wanted to get in the arches and also again the roofing. unnamed (20)

This was a front on angle of the building from the curved front, I do think this is accurate in terms of the angles yet I do think the windows could’ve been better if it wasn’t a quick sketch. All in all I am happy with all of these sketches and I think they give an accurate representation of the building. I enjoyed looking at the building for the most interesting parts and figuring out the right angles to get these results. I do think I would like to look further into getting better with angles and how to show buildings better I haven’t really ever been interested into drawing architecture but this whole assignment has opened my eyes to different ideas.

Artist Research- John Virtue

John Virtue is contemporary British artist known monochromatic drawings of various different locations around Europe. His work is very unique as he uses different dark mark making to create interesting piece of landscape work which captures the moment he was in.

Below is the picture I have chosen to look more into, his work is definitely unique and not something I see a lot in my usual research artists. d9dccd660b55f8ca69975e277f7d9ac8

I chose this piece which is an urban scene of London, I thought this would be a good choice to show off his different style of expressing large landscapes and buildings. I like the way he uses the ink to drip down from the buildings, I think this gives an interesting and different style to his work and it’s his own mark on the art. I think his work gives off a dark and urban style of look, it’s quite a hazy image but you can still tell exactly what he is trying to show off. I like his different mark making throughout and the way he can show off the different tones in the buildings making it more effective. I like the urban look and how he has shown off the different shadows and landscape.

All in all I do like his work, I don’t think it is my style, but I would like to experiment with using bold colouring like this and still trying to make it look tonal like this artist, I like the drips down the page, it makes an effective look and brings more atmosphere to the picture. I do think I will look into showing different ways of drawing and creating art with landscapes instead of a typical sketch. I am going to take inspiration from all of these artists in my future work.

Exercise 3- Aerial or atmospheric perspective.

In this exercise we were asked to create a piece with tonal graduation to show the change of tones throughout a landscape. To keep in mine the distance and to show the different perspective throughout the drawing, also this piece is to be done with a different media to sketching pencil therefore I chose to use charcoal.

Below is a picture of my result, I wanted to show the different tones throughout and in the different tones I used different amounts of shading etc. I used darker tones for the background, to show the distance and also the coldness from above.

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I chose to use charcoal as the last time I used it I thought it created a really nice effect when it comes to detail and tones, I thought this was the perfect option for this exercise.  used my finger to make the effect of the water trailing through the rocks. I used quick and fast markings to show the softness and texture the grass and toned it up to the bottom of the bridge. I wanted to use my finger to show the different tones throughout the background and create the perspective of a distance from the foreground of the piece. I wanted to show less tone throughout the rocks as they were the front of the piece and it is a cold tone of the full landscape, I enjoyed doing this piece very much and am very happy with the end result. I used different methods of mark makings and made a good impression of shading throughout, I think I have created the sense of distance and depth throughout.

All in all, I am happy with the final outcome of this piece and I think I responded well to the exercise. I like the different tone work I have done throughout the piece and I think the different mark making throughout create an effective full landscape as a whole. I do think I would like to use charcoal more often as I like the texture and detail you can create with the material.

Exercise 3 – Angular perspective.

In this exercise we were asked to draw an image of a building from a corner angle and take time getting the right angles throughout and extend our lines to show the direction of the angle. I wanted to use an image I had taken of a small country house in the lakes which is open for walkers, I found this picture I had taken a good option as it shows the house on an angle.

Below is a picture of my result, I tried to show the lines and angles I created on the house throughout yet I’m not used to drawing architecture so a lot of this was new to me. I do think I got the right angle and you can see the side of the house is a different direction.

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I only did this drawing using lines and used a ruler in some parts, I didn’t add shading as I thought it would show the angles of the building and the structure throughout. I do think I got the angles fairly accurate and you can tell the corner of the building. If I was to re do this piece I would like to do a city building and add tones and shading to make a more detailed final piece as a whole.

All in all, I think I did show the different angles in this piece and I wanted to show that more by drawing the lines across. I do think if I was to do this piece again I would do a different style of building and spend more time shading in and getting a detailed piece as well as having lines to show the direction of the angles.

Exercise One- Parallel perspective- an interior view.

In this exercise we were asked to draw a door frame, with the door open slightly we were then asked to draw into the next room and then find the vanishing point off the corners of the door frame, this would help us see if we had gotten an accurate drawing or not.

Here below is an image of my final result, I found this exercise tricky as I didn’t fully understand it but I gave it my best shot and did some research on other peoples responses to this exercise and based mine off that.

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As shown I did erase some lines and make some lines as I got some confusion on where to place them , I did try my best to understand and I think my angles are fairly accurate. If I was to do this again I would try with a ruler and focus more on getting straight edges etc. I wanted to use tone in this piece to show the depth into the room.

All in all, I am happy with the outlook of this piece and how the depth looks into the next room, I’m just not as confident on the lines I have created and whether I took the exercise the right way. I will continue to look into it to see if I can make more light.

Exercise overviews

I want to do an overview and self assess my work, this was suggested for us to do. I think this is a good way to see how I can improve and to see elements I did good on also, there are certain questions that they suggested we answer so I will just do my response below. I do think my work is improving throughout these exercises and I’m learning new things and taking more time throughout my pieces of art.

How did you simplify and select? Were you able to focus on simple shapes and patterns amid all the visual information available to you?
In both of these recent exercises I found it fairly easy to select the images I wanted to recreate through art. I like to pick certain things to focus on in my landscapes, the lamp post sketch I decided to further was so I had a good subjects to look at as well as having a colourful background to make the piece more interesting, I liked the look of this and I did try to show this in my last exercise also. I was able to focus to look at all the visible aspects of the scene, the patterns throughout the nature of the landscape I was able to recreate using different markings. Due to the recent circumstance of COVID-19 I wasn’t able to get close to the outdoors so I’ve had to take some of the pictures I had taken in the past and recreate those in my work. I was able to look at each subject in my work and recreate it using the shapes I saw as a rough outline for the work. I found this made it easier to sketch out the original outline to then go in and add lots of detail.
How did you create a sense of distance and form?
In these past two piece I wanted to create the sense of  distance by creating a main subject to show a front ground, therefore the back ground looks further away creating the sense of depth and distance. I think this is an effective way of showing the distance, if the background of the picture lifts also it shows the sense of distance to it. I also reduced the size of the subjects in the background therefore it shows the distance as the trees etc are getting smaller in the back of the scene. I also used darker tones in the background to show the distance in the background, this shows the darkness and less light getting to it because it’s further from your eye.
Were you able to use light and shade successfully?
During both of these pieces I tried my best to use light, I found it more difficult to do this in my second piece due to not seeing the physical lighting against the trees and scenery. I did however manage to see the different tones throughout my pictures and try my best to add different shading throughout my work. I still am getting used to using different materials and how to represent them onto my art. I do think I am advancing well in using materials such as coloured pencils and watercolours yet I will continue to practice. In my pencil colouring I tried to show the different tones in the lamp post and used a rubber to get the lighter effects throughout the post. In my water colours I used white to get lighter tones on the bark as well as using larger amounts of water with the colour to create the reflection throughout the water. I do think I did do quite well but there is room for improvement as time.
What additional preliminary work would have been helpful towards the larger study?
I think to help me get to a large study would be to build up getting to that size, I think that focusing on smaller scale landscape is a good start; to use your view finder to focus on the part of the landscape and then slowly move your view finder away to create a larger scale landscape to work from and build it up to the full scene. I think this helps you build up the detail and see the lighting on each piece of the scene. Helping you build up a strong large scale piece of work.
All in all both of the past exercises have helped me advance in certain elements of mark making and using different materials, I also think I’m getting used to creating art with landscapes which I never normally opt for drawing, I’m not really someone that focus’ art on landscapes but I have enjoyed doing these exercises.

Exercise 2- Foreground, middle ground, background.

For this exercise we were asked to look at a landscape and focus’ on the different parts of the picture. In this piece I decided to use a picture I took when I was visiting wales last year that I took over a river. I wanted to use this as I focused the main part on a close up of a branch of leaves. I thought this piece would be interesting to do with water colours and try to show different markings for the tones and textures through techniques using my paint brush.

Below is a picture of my finalised piece, I do think I like the colours I used and the different colours I have shown in the leaves on the branch. I think that I am exploring more with techniques and I did well on this piece considering I’m not used to working on a larger scale with my artwork.

IMG_6466 In this piece I tried to make markings to show the different softness of the trees, I dapped my brush and tried to create the different markings I have been seeing throughout artists in my research. I like the way it looks so thought it would be a great day to show the softness of the leaves across the canopies. I wanted to show the different colours in the leaves of the nearest tree I was focusing on, I liked to show this because it was the foreground of the picture, the different lighting was dark throughout the leaves. I used a subtle bit of colour in the river to show the reflection and rocky bottom of the water, as well as showing the reflection of the grass across the side of the river. I used different colours throughout the trees to show different markings and the tones of lighting on the bark I thought this created an effect of realism to the piece.

All in all I do like this piece, I think I have shown good mark making throughout this piece and shown well the foreground, middle ground and background. I am happy with the different elements I have made and do think my water colours is improving. I like the tones I have created in the leaves and the softness of the tree canopy. If I was to improve this piece I would look more into spending more time on the tree leaves, I think if I had spent more time on the colours I could have made the leaves more clear and had a more vibrant colour for them. I do think for a big piece I did well on this because I’m not used to doing pieces of work on a big scale. I do want to continue working on my skill of water colours but I do like how this piece has turned out.

Research Point- Contemporary to Classic.

In this research point we were asked to find contemporary landscape artists and earlier artists and compare the two types of work. There were two artists suggested we look into and compare works which were Tacita Dean and George Seurat these two artists have completely different ways of working and I found it interesting selecting two pieces of work to look closer into.

Below is a piece of work from artist George Seurat, his work is very colourful and he uses a lot of techniques throughout his painting to show different texture and uses a unique style to show his effect of the landscape, his mark makings are like sponge dabbing it creates an interesting look and I enjoyed looking through the different pieces.


His work is very different and has a soft approach the the eye, it’s detailed and the way he shows his tones and shadows throughout the piece is very interesting. I like the mark makings and the sharpness look he puts across the water to show the reflection across. This piece is interesting and has made me see more ways to express landscapes and styles of work.

The next artist is Tacita Dean, her work is monochrome and shows a completely different style to George Seurat yet her work is unique and has so much depth to the image. Her work shows great texture and detail, I like the ways shes blended in the tones and made it looks so realistic.cw-26904-660x375

In this work she shows depth within it her piece, she uses different mark makings to show the detail within the rocky mountains. I like the style of work and I think the monochrome creates a lovely atmosphere and effect for the full landscape. The style is realistic and shows the tones throughout the mountains, it’s a clever way to show the texture and considering the full piece is black and white it’s clever to have shown the different shadows throughout.

The two artists are very different, one artist is colourful and shows the colour and texture in a unrealistic type of way yet demonstrates realism, he has a clever way of showing marks using dabbing techniques throughout the whole piece, they both have similarities in the techniques they show for different lighting throughout the landscapes. I think as the the times have gone on the art has become more adventurous and more artists are experiment within their work. The contemporary artist has used more harsh lighting and shows more sharp mark making whereas the earlier artist demonstrates softness and the lightness of his work is more calming for the piece. In these two piece I have chosen the earlier artist focus’ on a full scenery and landscape the view point is very different to the contemporary artist as she has just chosen to look at one point of a full scene and really look at the detail within that mountain range focusing more of the textures throughout two main observations rather than a full scene.

All in all, both artists have similarities  in their focus’ to mark making and using different techniques throughout, they both focus on showing the lighting and the shadows in all the elements of their piece. The earlier artist use’s more vibrant colours throughout and has a different style of landscape, they decided to look a full scene and focus on towns and country scenes. Whereas the contemporary artist has a different point of view and looks at close up detail on mountain ranges showing more harsh markings and monochrome art. Both artists are very clever within their pieces and show great techniques in different ways but have different view points and angles in their work.



Wolf Kahn.

Wolf Kahn is a famous born German, American contemporary painter. He was known for his combination of Realism and Colour Field, he worked with pastels, oil paints and printmaking and focused on different subjects but a wide range of landscapes. I chose his work as I was interesting in his looks of bright colours and his different looks on trees.

Below is the image I have chosen to compare, I chose this because I thought the colours and textures he shows throughout are so bright and uplifting and are completely different to the second artist I have chosen. I thought the different colours palette he uses was unique and made me think differently about how I can paint and recreate landscapes myself.


I chose this piece because I loved the warm colour palette throughout, I think it shows the different textures he uses in the trees. The different mark makings he uses throughout this piece is effective and has shown many ways of difference compared to the historical artist. He blends the different colours together so well and can clearly tell the different features throughout this piece of work. I enjoy seeing the different tones of the shadows and lighting in the trees to see the dark and lighter tones of the bark. It makes an interesting look for the landscape and you can tell the realism of all the bark features. I think the artist has done an effective way to show the different of texture throughout the tree canopy to show the leaves with the dabbing techniques, it shows the softness and the way the leaves move in the trees.

El greco is a historical Greek artist, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance.The artist normally signed all of his work in his full name in greek lettering, his work is very realistic and famous during his era. His work was all different subjects from portraits to landscapes but I found his landscapes fascinating and I always love seeing paintings done from such an early period.

Below is the piece I have chosen for this artist, I found this piece interesting as it was completely different to my contemporary artists and the colours palette is different, I feel like in this period of time it was very realistic and it wasn’t often you would see a bold piece of work with different and bright colours.


This piece of work stood out to me as I found it realistic and the different lighting throughout this scene, the shadows shown on the buildings are strongly realistic and it creates a great effect with the whole landscape. The sharpness of the colours stands out and shows the gloomy day that the day was, I like the textures used on the grass to show the softness compared to the building. The markings in the buildings show the age and the stone throughout is clever. I always fine it amazing that we can still see the work that was done from that era of time and how talented they were to do these amazing pieces of art. I love the different sparks of colour in the sky to show the light of the sun peaking through the clouds. I think both artists have a lot in common that we still use the same techniques now as we did then, all the different mark makings in this piece the contemporary artist has used to but in a different way. I think it’s amazing how we get inspired from so many different ways and create such different things at the same time.

These two artists created two very different styles of art yet both of the artists have use similar mark makings throughout, they both focus a lot of mark makings and making sure the landscape shows it’s different textures throughout. I think both artists have a different sense of view finder, the contemporary artists focus’ on the trees and a natural landscape he puts his own twist on the landscape and doesn’t keep it completely realistic, the colours he uses. They are bright yet the historical artist uses realistic colours and focus’ on a man made village, I think this shows that as time has gone on we artists have again become a lot more adventurous in how they express their art other than keeping everything look the way it looks they explore more and experiment with different colours.

Both artists are different in so many ways, yet I think with all art they want to recreate the full scene how they saw it that day and what they felt. Both pieces of art show atmosphere and create a completely different one in each piece. The different shots of colour in both pieces create similarity, from the historical artists with the shows of sun light making their way through the clouds and the contemporary uses flash colours in the ground and along the trees canopy to show the softness and colours of the leaves. Both artists have different styles yet they have similarities in different ways, I enjoyed comparing all of these artists and seeing how as time as gone on how more adventurous artists are as well as experimental, it really has me inspire.



Exercise One- Developing your studies.

In this exercise we were to review our work from the past exercises and pick one piece that has stuck out to us, then to further the work into a larger scale and different medias. To show different skill and a different look onto the composition and landscape we have chosen. For this piece I decided to spend more time and do a larger scale image of the lamp post in  my garden, I thought this was an interesting scene to recreate and I wanted to do it with colour for the scenery in the background.

Below is a picture of my result, I decided to use a media I don’t usually go for which is coloured pencil and sketching pencils:


In this picture I decided to experiment with different mark makings to show the effects of different textures in the landscaping around my garden, I thought this would create an interesting effect in the background. I liked the idea of keeping the lamp post fully black and white and create this colourful background of the landscaping, I do think this piece is good and I showed off some mark making and different tones throughout the lamp post. I would like to further my experimenting with different medias and take influence from artists to trial and error different art styles. I do think I would like to look into using different techniques throughout my art work and try to show ways of the textures in the landscapes.

All in all I do like this piece I will continue to trial different materials and techniques in my work to create different work. I want to create more mixed media type work and experiment with different ways I can express landscapes. I will continue to try out different styles of work and look into different medias to express in my exercises, I do think this piece is good but I will continue to look into different ways I can improve.

Artist research- Nicholas Herbert

Nicholas Herbert is a mixed media artist in which focus’ on landscapes. He had a solo exhibition of 25 pieces of landscape art pieces which showed at Alan Kluckow Fine Art in April and May 2016. His collection “The Chiltern Hills” was selected for the exhibition at the Royal West of England Academy Open 2016.

Below is a piece of his work I have selected from “The Chiltern Hills” collection to take a closer look at.


I find this artists style of art very unique, the colours he has chosen to use in this piece it shows a gloomy day, I can see the type of scene he was recreating and I think this is clever in his work. In this piece he uses various different materials and I find that very interesting also, the way he can build up all different medias throughout one piece is fascinating and it creates a really interesting effect throughout and you can see a hint of all his different mark makings during the full piece. I like the different scratches along the bottom of this work and how the different tones create different elements of this piece, it shows the different stages and depth throughout the landscape.

All in all I like this style of work, I think his different mark makings and materials through the piece. I like the build up of all the different medias and wold love to give this a try myself. I have past pieces of work I have done using mixed media and I used to enjoy doing them so much so throughout the rest of these exercises I may include different styles of work and build up my skills using different materials.