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Graham Scandrett: WORKSHOP, 22 & 29 Sept 2017

"Boats"

Week 1 - Week 2

Week 1: Construction and Perspective, 22 Sept 2017
Brief
Pencil, line and tone. Free brush painting from drawings use of light and shadows
Bring photos of boats close up. Pencils, cartridge paper, watercolours.
Many people find boats difficult. Graham hasn't found some conventional ideas very helpful (like the figure-of-eight scheme or detailed perspective analysis of boat features). What he recommends is a simple construction following basic perspective rules.

First draw your eye level (horizon). Then decide if the boat is above this (your eye is very close to the water) or below (you are looking down on it).
Notice which way the boat is pointing and draw a centre line through the top of the deck until it reaches a point on the horizon. This point will be your first vanishing point. On this line mark a spot for the centre of the stern and one for the prow/bow/sharp end.
Then decide where the other vanishing point will be on the horizon (for lines at right angles to the first one). If the boat is pointing directly towards you, or away, this point will be so far away that the lines from side to side will be horizontal. Otherwise they will all point to the second vanishing point.
Draw one through the stern spot, decide how wide the stern is and make two marks on it equidistant from the centreline.
Identify the widest part of the hull, draw a line out to the second vanishing point and mark two equidistant points to define the width.
Draw lines through these two points to the first vanishing point and then you can draw the outine of the deck (from the stern points, tangential to the perspective lines through the widest point and on to the sharp end.
Finally, a couple of lines down the stern to the waterline (which, of course, goes to the second vanishing point) and you can draw in the waterline along the side of the hull so it looks right. Easy peasy!

These two pictures are Graham's working sheet and "one he did earlier"
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Below are a few examples of what people managed (very few got far with the watercolouring)

Week 1 - Week 2

Week 2: Using shapes and colours from week 1, 29 Sept 2017
Brief
Developments: (a) simplification, (b) abstraction and design (c) colour analysis

Bring work from week 1 plus any media of choice, including charcoal.
We didn't actually need to work with the drawings we'd done last week. Graham had brought a great stack of boat drawings, paintings and books. The point was that there are many ways of interpreting a scene. You can do detailed drawings or almost abstract ones. You can use "real" colours or change them to suit your whim. You can copy the composition slavishly, move things around or even create something new by combining ideas from several scenes.

Graham showed many examples (he was particularly keen on the work in Michael Praed's book and the interpretations in Moira Huntly's "Drawing" one) . . . . . .

. . . . . . and then told us to get on with it, with results like these, below. Thanks again, Graham.

Week 1 - Top - Week 2

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