Project 3 Exercise 1 Quick sketches around the house

This exercise tackled quick sketches around the house. I enjoyed experimenting with and without a viewfinder which I found made a big difference in how I drew and how I composed an image. While the sketches with a viewfinder were tighter, without it, the sketches became more exploratory. With the viewfinder I was drawn to abstraction but I think the final images are less interesting when this happens.

I enjoyed using colour in some of the sketches.

I’m not completely sure which view I’ll use in my next composition. Either the ball point pen sketch of the chair and curtain or the colourful bedroom corner. I think the former is a simpler image which will make it easier to explore the different angles and viewpoints in the next exercise.


A quick pencil sketch with a viewfinder. I extended the space for the image upwards when my proportions went wrong!
Ballpoint pen. I like the curved shapes of the curtain and chair making curved negative space on the wall. I also like the way the window, chair and stool go off the edge of the page.
Pencil and pastel. I like the blurry edges and the source of light in the picture. The colour is a bit bottom heavy


A found abstract image showing the top of the TV and the corner where two walls join.
This sketch was done without a viewfinder and carried outwards from the chair in the top left hand corner. As I drew, my eye moved around the area focusing on different areas. I find with a viewfinder I tend to close one eye and “hold” the fixed image, without it, the picture grows more organically.
This sketch used pencil to outline general areas of shade, then I drew over with colourful sharpie pens. I left some areas without colour because they were white so showed in shades of grey. This is my son’s bedroom and I enjoyed drawing the brighter colours in this room. I used a viewfinder.
Another quite abstract image. It was very hard to get the very simple proportions right. It might be more abstract and a stronger image if I cropped the top of the picture off.
A cropped version of the previous sketch. I don’t think it’s an interesting image