I decided to focus on a corner with an armchair and window. I liked the negative space and light. This was my sketch from the previous exercise.
I looked at the area from a few angles using landscape and portrait. I liked the first sketch below best because it seemed the most dynamic and balanced.
In retrospect I could probably have tried more angles, however, I felt the first sketch was quite strong and each subsequent sketch was weaker so I decided to go with the arrangement I liked.
I haven’t felt as inspired by drawing interiors as the other sections I have completed. I think it’s partly laziness as interiors seem to demand a lot more focus and making more choices than still life.
I took ideas from the sketches I’ve done around the house to inform the final piece. I worked in pastel because I have liked the slightly odd, fuzzy and dreamlike quality it gave to previous sketches.
The paper was a sheet I already had and had a texture which affected how the pastel went on. I took advantage of this by leaving the texture exposed on the chair which had a slightly rough fabric while rubbing in the pastel on the smoother areas such as the walls and curtains.
I wanted the picture to look like someone had just left. The person from the chair who left behind a squashed cushion and the newspaper, and the child who had been playing with a toy on the window sill.
Generally I am pleased with how this picture has turned out. I did debate whether to collage an actual newspaper then draw over it but couldn’t get it to look effective – I decided it was something I needed to explore in my sketchbook.
I am slightly concerned that I am not being experimental enough with my media so this is something I’m going to look at in my sketchbook.
Additional note: I have just come across a discussion on the Drawing 1 email list (an email to this list goes to everyone on the course). A discussion sprang up about what is a drawing and what is a painting. A pastel can be a painting if it doesn’t contain the mark-making inherent in a drawing. Work with paint can be a drawing if it does contain mark-making So, is my work above a drawing or a painting?