My response to my analysis

How’s that for an attention grabbing title? No? Oh well.

So, last post but one I analysed five different drawings and models that conveyed the atmosphere I was trying to convey in my work at the moment. Since then, I’ve made responses through drawing and model making to each of them. I’m presenting on Monday.

1 – Julian King – Tuscany Barn House.

Responding to Julian King’s models with my own taught me about perspective and lighting.

I learnt that calm is best elicited when lighting is multidirectional. Whilst focused light creates interesting effects with shadow and contrast in this experiment the light coming through from other spaces did not feel welcoming.

I also learnt that creating forced perspective models has very little effect if they’re not framed. I think they work as models but unlike Julian King, I didn’t take the perspective out of the model and into the frame and so it loses a lot of its magic. I’m happy with my first attempt though.

2 – Elisabet Sundin – Elementary school in Nordvest.

In response to Elisabet Sundin’s drawing, and keeping with my examination of interstitial spaces with views into the space beyond I drew two corridors moving through series of rooms. Unlike Sundin, I didn’t use a ruler and I used space between lines to create the contrast to convey depth. I’d like to experiment more with this kind of drawing including using different pencil weights and drawing lines at different angles to see what effects are produced.

3 – Florian Beigel – Paju Book City, Seoul.

My response to Florian Beigel’s drawing ended up creating quite a different atmosphere than his drawing did. My drawing does not create an atmosphere of safety. By using continued lines, instead of the broken lines Beigel does, to demonstrate depth I’ve created a feeling of speed rather than rest. It was a good experiment in terms of conveying perspective but the atmosphere created is not what I want to convey.

4 – Liesl Pfeffer – Hearts & Arrows series.

In response to Liesl Pfeffer’s works I started by creating a conceptual image of a multi-faceted surface with views into another space. Using graphite on watercolour paper and a ruler this first image took me hours. It was a really enjoyable exercise – meditative – and I like the outcome. It think it does illustrate light hitting a multi-faceted surface.

Luckily a long drive to Wellington on a gorgeous autumn day provided just about all I needed to snap a whole heap of images for my collages inspired by Liesl Pfeffer’s work. My photographic collages don’t seem to convey any of the reflected light and calm that Pfeffer’s do but I think they do speak to the idea of something beyond what is normally visible. Especially the collage with the brick wall as a base. Taking something that is absolutely solid and hinting at what may be behind it works well, I think.

5 – Tadao Ando – Concept sketches.

I think my response to Ando’s drawings is the least convincing of my responses. Whilst Ando’s drawing elicits tranquillity my intersecting lines convey a fractured space rather than the conjoining of roads that I was hoping to portray.

I think I should have used ink, like Ando did, to really contrast the black of the shadow with the white of the light. But what I learnt here is that to accentuate light you really do need dark. And Ando is genius at that.

Post script – look what happens when the contrast is upped digitally …

Much better. Yep, should have gone with the ink.

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