Sunday, 20 February 2011

Viewpoint - Workshop

It's funny how some projects almost draw themselves and for others I hit a wall. This exercise looked great. I chose the workshop theme, I enjoy drawing engine bits and I wanted to include a really old vice that we have in the shed which I think is beautiful.

I think the problem is that the objects I chose cannot be easily moved around, its very cold in our shed at the moment and taking photos has never been a strong point of mine. Somehow the camera stole the beauty from the scene.

There are more pictures like this. These are the best. I did some drawings to try and get back some interest but I'm struggling to take them further. 

Back to basics
Define workshop: says:


a room, group of rooms, or building in which work,  especially mechanical work,  is carried on.
a seminar, discussion group, or the like, that emphasizes exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc.: a theater workshop; opera workshop.
That's interesting, could I work from the seminar/discussion group aspect? It would be nice to include figures but I don't think it would be easy to fulfil the brief of this exercise.
I think you can have a craft workshop or a sewing workshop which means I can have a fresh start without completely changing the task.
the photo's aren't very imaginative
but I could get carried away with the thumbnails
 I think I like 1, 2, and 3 best, difficult to choose between them but Lisa strongly prefers 1
Without backgrounds they don't illustrate workshop so I will try to add some to my final rough. Maybe 2 has more of a workshop feeling to it but it's not as visually appealing.
 This has more of a workshop feel to it so the photos were worthwhile after all.
I tried to give a sense of the window behind. This changes the dynamics as the light will need careful consideration. Maybe a hint of tools or equipment behind would be more successful. Maybe the rough makes the window too obvious and in the final image it could be softened or blurred.

What have I learned?
 I had trouble finding a viewpoint that was original, interesting and still representative of a workshop but I found that the more thumbnails I did the more potential ideas I found. I also found that doing light simple sketches made me focus on the necessary attributes of the items which would be helpful for producing a final image that is representative and uncluttered. The changing viewpoints made me realise that the obvious image did not give the best view of my chosen subject matter.