Drawing on photographs

I wanted to try adding symmetrical shapes to this image of the woodland canopy looking directly up.

The first lines I added were digital, but I realised from this that digital lines, especially without a drawing pad are too controlled and slow going.

I then moved to using a ruler and white gel pen. This allowed me to be a lot freer with the shapes and add in curves. I did the drawings in order from left to right. I used images of baroque cathedral domes that I had taken in Europe last summer to inspire the shapes I chose to add to the photograph.
Turns out the cathedral I base my drawing on really affects the drawing I make! This suggests I should visit more cathedrals and churches in Lancaster to explore a variety of architecture, so far I have just been to the cathedral, but it would be interesting to see how the experience and drawing changes in different religious buildings.

The drawings were also inspired by Emma Kunz’s drawings, the concentric shapes to them and the linear shapes.

The most effective drawing is the centre-left one. This is because the design is simple and includes lots of white lines that move towards the centre. It really feels like there is depth to this drawing, and I am looking up at a building that is built underneath the trees.

I want to try these ideas on a bigger scale, and also play around with clay! Thinking about how I can translate these shapes into 3D.

One thing I’ve really learnt from this is that if I am thinking about shapes that reflect ceilings in a sculpture, I need to thinking about those shapes on a 2D surface and looking directly up and straight on to the designs. In the past when I have designed these structures I think about the shape from a side angle and looking up, but I never consider the design from standing directly underneath it.
Thinking about the shapes in this way will really improve these structures in my work, I’m excited to see where it takes me!

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