Part 3 – Project 2 – Exercise 2 – Sketchbook Walk

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Drawing landscape is something I have literally never done so it was an adventure in itself.  One of the places I walk my dog nearly daily is Worthing/Ferring beach.   This first sketch was walking towards the West.   It is December and not a very bright day. However having drawn the sketch above I decided not to dull down the sky and light effect as it is a reminder of sometimes how bright a lovely the light can be. So to that end it was  a correct representation but not in colour.

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I worked with water soluble crayons and charcoal.   The weather is getting very cold and my hands are freezing.   The murky colours and shades of the sky, sea and low-time beach are descriptive of the day.   For a quick sketch I was surprised how much I was able to capture.

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Being determined but freezing I turned towards the east and tried very quickly to bring out the characteristics of Goring Greensward – this is a forest remnant that comes almost down to the sea.   I was able to capture the directional qualities of the scene but no detail or tone.

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Even sketchier as my fingers were all but gone at this stage.  Turned towards the north and Highdown Hill(see 360 exercise next). Proportionally this works but I was not able to capture any detail or tonal qualities.

Considering I have never tried this kind of work before and the conditions were not good for staying outside I was pleased with what I had managed to capture in 1 hour. Also it made me more aware of what variety there is to capture.