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ALLERFORD PACKHORSE BRIDGE
This was a bit of an experiment.
We set off with a group of 18 artists who signed up
to follow the exercise as it was posted here.
We started in early October 2009
and the final image was posted to the tutorial at the end of March 2010.
Nearly 6 months.
The long time was mainly due to the pressures of other work.
In March 2010 the ongoing script here was edited,
a number of ‘typos’ removed, and the script also re-
so that it reads better for those coming to the tutorial at a later date.
I hope you find it of interest.
Please bear in mind most of the script you read below was written as we went along
Monday OCTOBER 5th 2009
I showed below a selection of photos from a large collection I have taken over the years. I have numbered them and later I will post comments on what I feel is the suitability of each one for completing a picture in Coloured Pencil.
I will then ask for comments and we will move on to select an image -
Southern France Good exercise for buildings. Would need to omit the car. Not sure.
Brittany A lot of green. It might be possible to crop it down
Farm, Milton Keynes.Good collection of subject types -
North Sardinia. A lot of detail. Contrasts would need adjusting to make it work. Not a lot of foliage.
Harbour scene Cavtat Croatia . That bollard is in the way -
Nice little old pub, Linton Cambridge. Good mixture of subject matter
North Sardinia Stone and bells -
Bluebells at Coton Manor.That one could be difficult, but I don’t rule it out.
Somerset Ford at Allerford -
Same as above from a slightly different viewpoint
Southern France. Steps lead to ??? Good for stone, but composition not ideal
What determines a good subject for a Coloured Pencil Landscape ?
The strength of the medium lies in the ability to achieve detail and accurate line. Some images above would perhaps be more suitable for watercolour. This is not to say that we should avoid skies and water -
Skies can be left as the white of the paper, though if sun is indicated through shadows, the eye expects to see some blue sky.
Consider the images shown and think how many different techniques will be required. For an working example like this, a ‘busy’ picture might well be best to cover the maximum number of options.
GJ writes :
Whilst I'm very happy to go along with whichever picture you finally favour (you know best which elements to include to deliver the most effective tuition), I was very attracted to the one of Allerford Ford -
Anyway, if you did end up favouring this picture, I have produced a slightly different 'crop' on it, since I am keen to learn how to create the dense background forest (which seems to figure in so many landscapes).
DC writes : I've just looked at the photos you have posted for the SBS project. My favourites would be from numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9. I love the bluebell wood but it might not get the vote as it doesn't have many different textures or elements
PW I agree -
There is one in the bluebell set with a standing figure in it,
I will have to look out the file. Later : No it’s not a good one, forget that idea
DEW writes : Regarding choice of pictures, I'll go with the flow, however, my top four are 4, 7, 8 and the attached, modified 10. I, too, like the “classic” Somerset Ford but with a crop that provides just a little more in the foreground which although it's grey tarmac, gives a better balance and somewhere to stand when leading into the picture. I think, too, that the house on the left creates too much of a frame.
PW Any more thoughts ?
JC writes : 6, 7, 8, 10 are the best for drawing from, I should think, and probably the pub at Linton would be my favourite of those, followed by number 10. (My favourite of the photos is actually number 9 with the bluebell trees, but it might get a bit boring to work on, as there are large areas that need the same detailed treatment throughout -
DC adds a further comment : I'm interested to see that a couple of people like the cropped versions of number 10. For my point of view I feel that they lack a strong focal point and my eye tends to wander around the picture with nowhere to settle. I prefer the stronger contrasts and focal point in the one marked 11.
I would still prefer to go with one of the other pictures and if I had to pick one it would be number 8 for the composition and the contrast of textures, forms, light and shade.
JT writes : Peter, all your pictures would be a great challenge for me. I think no.8 would be a good one to start with. It covers foliage and buildings, and a bit of perspective. I also like the bluebell picture, it has interesting perspective, but no buildings!
PW This is the whole image of No 8 -
PW One of our number has asked why the landscapes on ‘offer’ are not really wide open spaces -
This image is actually possible for CP as it does contain quite a lot of detail, but many wide open spaces are much more suitable for watercolour or acrylic. Really we need to be able to focus on some substantial detail to get the benefit of the detail possible with CP.
As an example, I show (2) the Bowerman Stone on Dartmoor. That is well possible with CP because the main subject is the stone and that can be worked well in CP. Take away the stone and there is really not a lot to focus on -
This is obviously a discussion point, but I firmly believe that every medium has its strengths and weakness and to make the best of CP we need to play to some of those strengths and include a major detail feature not so easily done in another medium.
I do a lot of Landscapes -
This last one exists as a step by step for courses, but experience tells me that it is a very difficult subject for those who are learning.
Very few try it and make a success of it.
I am open to discuss this further though
We are off and running.
The Discussion group are virtually complete
( one lady due to return from Holiday shortly)
Members of the group are currently voting for the image they would most like to do the exercise with and hopefully we will be able to make some sort of a start well before the end of the month.
If you are aiming to follow along with what we do and the discussions that take place, I am going to start the actual Tutorial on the next page so that I can leave this intro in position for later readers.
If you want to take a quick route in each time, then log the next page ( following the link below ) in your ‘Bookmarks’ or ‘Favourites’
To allow maximum space for the Step by Step, the pages that follow on this topic will be blank pages without the website surround but with navigation buttons to go forward and back and Home
I hope you find this useful
We have a decision !
The vote is complete and the image chosen is a variation on the view of
The ford at Allerford in North Somerset.
The action and discussion will now move on to page 2 of this exercise.
As you will see this example is showing the right hand building (close to us) more side on, and also includes a section of garden wall and some close up foliage
I think we will look at extending the view of the central building to include three upper windows rather than two, and look at the options for including and excluding the sky.
Have a think about it
LINKS TO OTHER PAGES
OF THIS EXERCISE
This major Tutorial exercise was launched on-
and developed into a group exercise with a number of site readers who painted along with the stages. This exercise concluded with 8 long pages of notes
The notes are reprinted below as they developed
(with a small amount of later editing)
THE ALLERFORD TUTORIAL
STEP BY STEP PROJECTS
|Glossary of CP Terms|
|Introducing step by steps|
|sbs basic shapes|
|sbs fruit bowl|
|sbs polperro B|
|sbs rectory garden|
|The Bowerman Stone|
|sbs to come|
|Price and Content|
|Papers for Wax type pencils|
|Papers for Watercolour pencils|
|Papers for Pastel pencils|
|Papers for mixed media with CP|
|Black Paper Fade|
|Non standard papers for wax pencils|
|Application of colour|
|Density of Colour|
|Results on Different Papers|
|Ways of using Aquarelles|
|Why Underpainting ?|
|Backgrounds with Aquarelles 1|
|Backgrounds with Aquarelles 2|
|A Brush with W/C Pencils|
|Foliage in W/C Pencil|
|Step by Step - Coventry Canal|
|Cottage Garden - Step by Step PDF|
| Italian Street step by step 1|
|Italian Street step by step 2|
|Brokken Bridge Step By Step PDF|
|Coventry Canal 2|
|CP & Pastel|
|CP & W/c Pencils|
|CP & Other media|
|Archway - Mixed Media sbs|
|Cottage Entrance Mixed Media sbs|
|Annecy Reflections 1|
|Annecy Reflections 2|
|working on coloured paper|
|Still Life Points|
|BURNISHING, Blenders and Burnishers|
|Landscape Tutorial- Grand Union|
|clouds & skies|
|Brick, Stone & Tile|
|Brick stone and tile 2|
|Colour and complementaries|
|Boats & Water|
|Form & Space|
|Drawing from Life - introduction|
|using a camera|
|transfering an image|
|keeping a record|
|printing 2 - layout|
|Life Drawing 1 - the basics|
|November 2011 Landscape SBS|
|July 2012 - Kitten Step by Step|
|Old Blog Posts as at Dec 2014|
|Aix En Provence series|
|New input ( from Dec 2014)|