I’ve combined several of the exercises into this next section of work – perspective, hard landscape and expressive landscape, also drawing from photographs.
I decided to go back to the images which had stayed with me since my recent trip to Australia. The most lasting of these images are the ones which I photographed in the old mining town of Sofala. (I used some of these images in previous sections, images of the interior of the local café.)The main street had retained many of the old derelict buildings from the old mining days and these were fascinating.
The building I’ve drawn appeared abandoned and was in a very poor state of repair. I’ve experimented with different techniques to try to convey this state. I also wanted to work with pen and ink because it’s a medium which I don’t find easy. I really liked the strong perspective lines of this image which seemed to add to the drama of the scene. Timbers were falling off the side of the building and the front was held up by steel rods. I tried a strong contrast of colours to see what happened to the image when set against this background – not sure about the effect.
I feel that the pen and wash works well.