Lesson 2

This lesson was about experimenting with different types of line as a way to communicate mood or energy. Slow considered line against fast expressive energetic line.

The lesson had three parts.

Part 1

The first part involved drawing a still life using a fine liner pen to record what was being observed without looking down at the page.

Fig 1 – Rapid drawing of lilies in a vase 01 (2022)

The blind contour drawing created images with energy and movement.

Fig 2 – Rapid drawing of lilies in a vase 02 (2022)

Part 2

The second part involved making two 20-minute drawings. One using slow considered line, and the other fast energetic line. The subject was a location such as a train station or cafe, where there would be a mixture of static and moving subjects.

I decided to make my drawings at Waterloo Station during evening rush hour.

Fig 3 – Slow line drawing of commuters at London Waterloo (2022)
Fig 4 – Fast line drawing of a queue of people starting to move through ticket turnstiles (2022)

Part 3

The final part brought both types of line together.

In my first drawing I wanted to capture the stillness of the seated commuters against the movement of the escalator above their heads. The intention was good, but the execution was not strong.

Fig 5 – Combination drawing of commuters on a escalator (2022)

I repeated the same exercise in Trafalgar Square with a view looking past The National Gallery. My idea had been to contract the solid stillness of the architecture against the movement of the crowd.

Fig 6 – Combination drawing of a crowd outside The National Gallery (2022)

References

List of illustrations

Figure 1 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Rapid drawing of lilies in a vase 01 [Fine liner] In possession of: The author

Figure 2 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Rapid drawing of lilies in a vase 02 [Fine liner] In possession of: The author

Figure 3 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Slow line drawing of commuters at London Waterloo [Fine liner] In possession of: The author

Figure 4 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Fast line drawing of a queue of people starting to move through ticket turnstiles [Fine liner] In possession of: The author

Figure 5 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Combination drawing of commuters on a escalator [Fine liner] In possession of: The author

Figure 6 – Hadfield, Hugh (2022) Combination drawing of a crowd outside The National Gallery [Fountain pen] In possession of: The author

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