Following the positive vibes that came from the 2 large urban sketches I created on campus in July (see previous blog post), AskUS/Student Life at Salford University have asked me to come down during Freshers' Week and draw a bit more. I thought I'd share these in a quick blog post. Once again, it goes to show that movement, architecture and landscape in general are not the same if one ingredient is missing. People who talk to you, walk past you (on stilts, at times) can really change the way you use the colours, the lineweight and the composition overall. As well as that, there are certain times when it helps to flow with the location and move around whilst working on the same drawing. Not only do we see more than 50 degrees within our field of vision (a width which is generally used in sketches), we go up to 70 which is a massive difference when experimenting with depth and detail. I have not resorted to fish-eye in these drawings but I'd like to think of the method as a panoramic photo of what I witnessed on that particular day.
Day 1 - Rain, clouds and time to experiment with rain water for my sky washes.
Day 2 - a brighter, sunnier day makes room for more white and crisper lines.
Day 3 - process filmed by Mike (Urban Sketchers Manchester and Yorkshire (quite often). Sat higher up on a hill gave me more time to experiment and play with colour.
Day 4 - Fiesta (no, not a Ford) in the car park. Centenary Building in the background. The constant movement in the foreground melts the steel and glass in the background into suggestive lines. I wanted to suggest dynamic by colour.
The drawings will go to students and staff, as prizes.
All work ©Adelina Pintea