Saturday, December 31, 2005
EDM # 47
EDM # 47 is to draw a challenge from this year that you didn't try before. I'm spoilt for choice because I found quite a few of the challenges too challenging! I've chosen # 18 draw the view from your window, for reasons that may now be obvious - it's a mess out there!
This is the house directly opposite ours seen from the bedroom. Up until this year the view was of a row of palm trees but for some reason the neighbours decided to have them all removed. There must have been over 15 trees removed by crane and truck which took the best part of two days. It actually took a while for us to get used to the glaring light reflecting off the walls! I've tried to capture something of the crumbling mess that was revealed. There are strange wires and pipes everywhere, so many in fact that I've had to leave most of them out or it would be confusing in the drawing. The curtains are always drawn but there is a lot of activity in the maids quarters downstairs. I've included the bin in the street at this is why the maids use the gate. Each house has their own bin and the refuse truck comes by every morning to empty them but despite that the maids fling the rubbish beside the bin, not in it, and a mound of rubbish covered in flies grows behind! There must be rich pickings for the cats as this bin in particular is hotly fought over.
I bought some graphite sticks recently and used a 2B stick to start the drawing. I thought these might be fab to use but I've found them disappointing for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. I changed to a 2B pencil for most of it with 3B for the darkest areas. It was a challenge in that I don't like to sketch and particularly scenes like this where there are so many details. Since I love details and can't stop myself from including them, I get around this by focusing on smaller areas. I'm not good at sketching either but as this progressed it seemed to become something in between a sketch and a drawing. I'm pleased that I've done it now as I can imagine in a few years, when I look back, it will remind me of how life was in our quiet street.