Sunny Street Scene. This is the first bigger piece I did in charcoal. I found that I am not familiar with the material (willow charcoal) and I have difficulty controlling them. This happens to my subsequent pieces as well. For this piece, i really wanted the strong sunlight so i kept the street completely white and hard edges beside it to show the contrast and the change of light/shadow.
I initially struggled with this piece quite a lot as my tonal ranges were all very similar. It doesn’t create any mood or atmosphere, everything just turns out flat. I know that i want the morning light to be the main brightest area, hence i toned eveything else down. However, now looking back, i think i can plan the area of tones more to give more variance and make the image more interesting.
For this image, i tried to give interesting shapes to the trees to that the eyes will be led around the drawing. However, i think that the edges of certain parts of the forest could be even softer.
the challenge for this was to give the place a mood as the real place was a very well lit area. I did that at first, but similar to the classroom drawing, it flattens out the whole image instead. Following Woon Lam’s advice, i gave it a main “brightest zone and i set it to be near the counters. other parts of the scene will be toned down more.
Studies done at the cafe: finding the shapes and experimenting with different ways of creating an image. it is still a struggle for me to maintain them in big shapes when there are alot of things in the scene. I will still tend to draw them as objects, but i have to constantly remind myself that I have to draw in shapes and how all things are in relation.
Studies done to explore backlit effect and how the hard & soft edges work with each other to create the mood I want.
Studies I did for the atmospheric before the actual. these didn’t work out that well as the big shapes are messy and the tonal range wasn’t right.