by Aaron Murphy
Last Thursday we all attended the Hancock Museum, for our ‘Communication Skills, Techniques and Approaches’ lecture with Christoph Oschatz. We spent the afternoon drawing objects of our choice from around the museum, and experimented with various sketching techniques; primarily focusing on the use of contours and shading. The fantastic array of objects on show at the museum meant that everyone had the chance to choose subjects which appealed to them, and subsequently meant that there was a great array of individual sketches produced, with subjects ranging from vases to animals. The exercise was thoroughly enjoyable and provided a useful opportunity to learn about drawing techniques employed by other students. During the review sessions each student briefly displayed their work for all to see and described the thoughts and techniques behind their work. It was very interesting to see which materials and general styles other students used, and the feedback given by the lecturer was very useful, in terms of providing ideas for future development of individual sketching styles and techniques.
The book which Christoph used to show us various styles of drawing was very helpful, and over the weekend I found another book, which I think is very useful in terms of conveying methods for sketching, and in terms of introducing suitable drawing materials, specific to urban design and architecture. The book is called ‘Architectural Graphics’, by Francis D. K. Ching, and the latest version was published in 2009.
Swan Contour Sketches by Author
Dinasour Shading & Shadow Sketches by Author