Project 2 Landscape
Exercise 1: Cloud formations and tone
I wasn’t sure where to start with this, so I started by looking at a couple of books on techniques for drawing them.
Drawing Nature by Stanley Maltzman had a whole chapter dedicated to clouds, looking at types of clouds and techniques for drawing them or for using clouds to break up a landscape.
Types of clouds include:
Maltzman also mentioned a couple of other terms for clouds in artwork:
- “Incidental clouds” which are “shapes you can add to your sky to save an otherwise drab landscape” (Maltzman, 1995:76).
- “Dramatic clouds” which are used to create drama in a picture (Maltzman, 1995:78).
- “Clouds as center of interest” is where a combination of clouds and a low horizon is used to create an atmospheric look (Maltzman, 1995:80).
I then tried a range of different materials to do some quick sketches:
Maltzman, S. (1995) Drawing Nature. Ohio: North Light Books.
Harrison, H. (ed.) (2008) The Landscape Artist’s Drawing Bible. London: Quarto Publishing.