Project 3: At home
Exercise 2: Composition – an interior
This exercise suggested looking at the angles and areas of my chosen interior view where objects are. I chose to focus on the kitchen, as I found it the most interesting with the lights and angles, particularly with the window lighting the objects from behind. I felt this would make me use both positive and negative space.
I did four quick sketches with this, two in portrait and two in landscape format. As I tend to get stuck on the details when I’m sketching rather than speed, I tried to work on this in by limiting my time spent on each sketch, and to vary the composition through different angles and viewpoints of a particular corner of my kitchen.
Unfortunately, it does mean that there has not been so much emphasis on tone, which is something I am hoping to work on more as I progress.
As I worked through this exercise, I noted that the course handbook mentioned “foreshortening”. I noticed this in several of my sketches, especially with longer objects that I am looking directly at. The kitchen tap was a great example of this.
I looked up a definition of the term, and found that “Foreshortening refers to the technique of depicting an object or human body in a picture so as to produce an illusion of projection or extension in space” (2017, Tate). This is something that I find difficult to draw without overly distorting the object.
I decided that I am going to use a view much like in Figure 3 to develop further for Exercise 3 – partly because I liked the lines, which I felt worked really well with a composition in portrait mode, but also because the lighting from the window created some interesting contrasts with the objects on the draining board.
Tate. (2017). Foreshortening – Art Term | Tate. [online] Available at: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/f/foreshortening [Accessed 31 May 2017].