Project 1.3 Landscape composition

Process
For this project I selected one of my favourite views from a table on the first floor of EAT cafe in Cambridge. From this vantage point there are very interesting patters of rooves from different architectural periods. Using a pencil on A3 paper and working to the edge of the page, I started by making a make a line drawing. I paid attention to the shape of each roof, and its perspective in relation to the others. Pay attention to perspective and the main forms and structures avoiding excessive detail. I plotted various possibilities onto the paper and altered the shapes and perspective as I went along.

For the lights and darks I sketched different lighting and took photographs. I stayed there from 9am to 4pm and the light changed dramatically in that time. Giving different shapes and compositional possibilities for placing lights and darks.

I then drew four boxes on tracing paper 15cm x 10cm. Using these boxes as viewfinders and moving them over the drawing I experimented with different angles and compositions, looking for what I consider to be balanced composition of lines and shapes. As I made my tracings I edited detail, enhanced diagonals and altered lines to make the design more abstract and trying to further enhance the composition. I then photographed the tracings and imported into Procreate to further develop the abstraction and experiment with composition. As my other two sets of prints had been small square prints, and all the prints in this part were supposed to somehow hand together, I decided to make these abstract prints also small and square.

Crop 1

Crop 2

Crop 3

Crop 4

Making the linocut

You will use these tracings to mark up your piece of lino.
The print is going to be black, grey and the colour of the paper. You can start by adding
black to one shape and then to another to balance the weight and so on.

Making your print:
• Draw your design onto the lino and mark the different tones. Cut away the white areas
and leave the black. The greys can be cut in any way you like. Keep an eye on the
balance of plain, cut and textured areas on the block.
• Take a rubbing from the block to see how the compositon works – you may have to
refine it.
• Print the block at least five times.
• Now you are going to develop the print further by taking out more of the block and
printing again in black. You need to keep an eye on the overall distribution and balance
of the black so you may find it easier to draw onto the lino or a spare print first.
• Your aim is to make a balanced composition with sharp, well-aligned prints. Don’t let
poor techniques distract from the final design.
Landscape composition check and log
• Did making abstract compositions from your drawings change how you thought about the
scene?
• Which print did you find the most balanced and which the least successful?
• Did adding tone change the balance and interest of the composition?

Landscape composition check and log
• Did making abstract compositions from your drawings change how you thought about the
scene?
• Which print did you find the most balanced and which the least successful?
• Did adding tone change the balance and interest of the composition?

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