Drawing week-Part two- Circle line

In the one day, it was spent observing situations in people’s behaviour and manner on the Circle line in the Underground. While collecting this data,  I used a pen and my notebook to capture gestures made by those who sat in a particular seat, for example near the window or by the door.

I had to do this very quickly, but discreetly as well; this made the task pretty difficult, as there were several people who had caught on to what I was doing and I had to pretend that I was taking notes, or was looking at the maps above the person whom I was originally looking at.

The project itself was focusing more on collecting visual data and aiming to record postures, interactions and expressions.

There was something tense about this task; the feeling of having to get down everything that you see on a stranger’s appearance, while also pretending that you’re not doing anything suspicious. It wasn’t specifically suspicious in the first place, but to another person who doesn’t even know who you are, and yet, you’re doing that to them… it’s a little strange. I think that if I had blatantly sat in the opposite seat and faced someone on the tube; looking directly at them and drawing it down, and they happened to see me do that, they would probably get up and move? or call the police… ? anyway, what I was getting at is, if I had caught that sort of expression from them, it would of provided  a form of movement and it would of been beneficial towards the task.

That look of curiosity then to fear, or maybe anger? To be honest, I was a little disappointed with some of my outcomes. The majority of the passengers had their heads down and were looking at their phones. I could barely grasp any emotion of how they felt.

It would’ve been better, if I had spent more of my time working on the expressions more or even observing the details or focusing on the shapes of their faces. I could of used different materials or drawing methods to reflect on my mark making rotation, so if I do this in future, such as on a moving vehicle like a bus or if I go to Wetherspoons on a Wednesday, like I usually do with my friends, then I can work on getting down some more drawings then.

The drawings I have so far though; I’m actually quite happy I got so many marks down, but as I have said, it would of been better if I did spend a little bit more time observing.



Drawing week– If buildings could talk.

First week back and we’re now set with our final week of rotations, and this week just happens to be drawing week. Drawing week you say? Yes, I had discussed this previously with in the mark making week, but it’s completely different this time. For the first task given, we were all asked to go off and search for places with in the building to document. It sounds like a simple task at first, but it wasn’t. I thought this at first and yet, I took a while trying to figure out where to start. The building is HUGE and there are various places, where I haven’t been before, so I thought about going right to the top of the building first: The roof.

I don’t often see many go up there which left me pondering, what was up there? more rooms? doors?

There were some things I had to once again think about–

  • Time management
  • How am I going to document the place?
  • Presentation?
  • What mediums will I use, if I’m documenting this by hand?

As I made my way there, I felt a chill. It wasn’t cold or anything up there, but the atmosphere was nerve wrecking. It seemed as there was someone else there, but I couldn’t see anyone there. There could’ve of been a ‘presence’, but that was the least of my worry at the time, though I could capture that feeling in my drawings.  I decided I would take a couple of snaps and then work on the drawings on paper in the class room instead; after that was done, I used some thick, coloured chalks to capture some of the colour schemes that were on the walls.

It’s quite a useful place on that particular floor, due to the different things you could scrawl down, such as the odd angles on the stair case, or the paint and plaster that’s peeling off of the wall.

Once I was done, I went to each floor and took more photos, but they didn’t match up to how great this place was. Going back to the classroom, that was when I recalled the empty room inside our classroom, that rarely anyone would go in to. I understood why once I went in there.

It had a very eerie feeling inside; it was freezing. Taking another photo of the room, but this time in different angles, I exited.








It would’ve been such a nice idea to go back in that room, though, I didn’t want to go back in there again until I had to get on to the final task.

What stood out to me during this experience was the emotion of feeling nervous, scared and aware of what was around me. Using chalks, I tried to grasp this by roughly testing out the different patters or marks found. It was pretty tricky at first, but I began to get a hang of it.

Inputting the right marks or at least trying to get down those markings was a pain. I could’ve done better, if I was observing the space more and made my marks on the paper while looking at the surface.

Next task was to use 5 different mark making ways to draw five different places.

Observing what I’ve done so far, I strongly believe that the top image was the stronger piece. The use of ink can be used to communicate the amount of space in the room; it could also indicate the blankness and strange, cold feeling you get once you enter it. It would’ve been good, if I could of tried doing the same thing as I did here, but reverse the black to where the white is.

But heading on, I continued the project by creating a poster to reflect on what the room may say if it’s given a chance.

Blankness… emptiness… white space… hardly anyone enters it…

I thought about focusing on this idea of emptiness and that, the fact that nobody goes there.

I began to draft out the composition of the room with masking tape, this was in preparation for the ink, since the ink was so effective the last time, I decided to take it further.




Some negative results…

Testing out some filters in Photoshop, I got some intriguing results by using the negative filter, I got these amazing, vivid and bold lines! It’s always so relaxing to re-use old methods that you’ve used before, but then to practice and play around with new techniques as well.

Simply looking at this image, it makes me wonder if perhaps the same method using the filter to reverse the colours would create a similar outcome?

The last one seems to be my overall favourite, but I’m amazed how a change in the colour pallet could change the image completely. It would’ve been good, if I could of recorded with my camera the effects of the water smudging and dripping down the page.


Update 1: Mark Making

Hey everyone. It’s taken me while to get this blog updated, but I shall be honest with every single one of you. Once you’re given something like a video game, or several really good manga volumes for a series you’ve been following for a while, you get distracted. I also had no electricity in my home for a while; that was pretty fun, but any case, I’ve got some updates: I wanted to continue my mark making and thought I would make the main focus for my mark making to be distortion– I had considered trying this out with ink and dabbing a wet paint brush over in specific points to create this contorted impression.  Attempting to follow on this method, I decided that I would draw out some tests of the same skyline view I focused on during that rotation; I also used this task as an excuse to make some small books out of an A1 sheet of paper. It successfully worked (The book that is), but I ended up clumsily tearing some of the corners. This, of course was an accident… However, it’ll do for now to test out these methods.

To the left, I started to draw the buildings out, I wanted to make the drawing detailed and try to make them appear realistic. I didn’t like the outcome I had so far, so I gave up ever finishing it off.

The realistic approach isn’t what I’m use to doing, so I thought about continuing this, but using a different medium and try not to care so much about what the end finish may turn out like.


To the right, is the continued practice test of the buildings. NOW, this is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to obtain a transcription that would reflect

on what I’m seeing and yet, wouldn’t contain all of the details.I’m quite pleased with the scrawled in, scribbled lines that didn’t take much effort to do. It’s as if, it’s been recklessly done with not a lot of thought put in to it. I had to consider the positioning and composition of where everything was in order for the image to come together.  If I hadn’t, it wouldn’t of turned out the way it did.

Taking this process forward, I recalled another method that made the image stand out in my previous drawings for our project with life drawing– the blocking out of shades to give the object in the picture more focus.

Instead of using blocked colour, I followed along with what I did with the shading on the side of the buildings with a blue marker.

I believe that even though this was a pretty good technique, it wasn’t a good turn out with the blue merging in to the black lines that were used to define the building…

… Trying the same as last time, I avoided blocking out the outsides and used the water to gently wash over some of the lines in the drawing. As much as I enjoyed doing these, I was a little upset with the final outcomes I’ve got here. I have a inkling, that this may have to be taken further, but with maybe a different medium? or perhaps, I could consider taking this into Photoshop? I’ll give one positive comment towards this final image; I’m quite pleased with the method I tried out and that it works with the types of pens I used on it.

Also, not to leave anything else out, I tried similar methods with my life drawings.


I said I would do it and so I have–

–I took one of these projects further at least…  Taking these into Photoshop and editing them was like a treat. By playing around with the layer settings on the second layer which one of the images were on, I took advantage. I took advantage of the many options I had to chose from, and what they could turn in to. Not only did I chose to tamper with those settings, image adjustments and decided to turn one of the layers inverted. I did this on a few of my outcomes to make sure that the lines were not too blended in with the dark, bold shades of the background.

Now, that I have layered the two images together on a few of these, I can start to see more depth to the buildings. They almost look like a few of them could pop out from the page at any instant.

Though, I have tested these methods, I don’t feel totally satisfied with these, but these were the only four I felt a little bit happy about. The thing that bothers me is the composition of the buildings and that they could have a little bit more details added to them, such as the windows or working in

more of the architectural patterns that are depicted on the building.

<– This one, that stood out for me. There are so many different traits about this experimentation that I enjoy, such as the washed out-look that the ink has around the sides.

I may want to consider re-doing the whole project in later on, or trying to see how I can make the buildings more see-able in the image.

Mark Making- Part 3 (Thursday 26th November)

Such a slow morning on Thursday, I came in a bit later than my usual time.
I apologise for that; I wanted to collect the block printing ink from Alantis first that morning, I got lost on my way back, so I had to use the train to get back. I was an hour late, but luckily,thanks to Sunny, I was able to find out what I needed to do for that morning.

Choosing a skyline to draw, I found this one very complexed, but intriguing.  There’s so many different possibilities and outcomes I could achieve from drawing this. I could focus on drawing out the whole picture in detail, I could focus on several of the buildings in the back, or the front. I was pretty lucky to be able to see the right view from where I was sitting, so I didn’t have to move much.

On the right, this was my first and very quick draft for the composition for the skyline. Indeed, I felt disappointed for it not turning out the way I imagined it to be, but this didn’t disappoint me for too long. I took it further by redrawing the skyline again with different methods.

As someone who has had past experience with mark making, I wanted to use my newly purchased inks to make some prints… MONOPRINTS! I absolutely ADORE monoprinting. It was something I use to do quite often in secondary and at the UCA because it’s a fast process, and you can obtain amazing results.

We had to use 4 or 5 different methods of mark making; I did try out the carton method, which I was very annoyed about. The result obtained from this was poor, but on the other hand,  this was a great chance to find out what method and mediums work together or which one was more effective.


Above are a few of the outcomes done from using monoprint, normal printing by using the masking tape(This method was okay for me, but I could of doubled up on the tape to help; this would’ve helped the details for the lines stand out on the paper.)

From looking back at the images I have, it appears to me that the monoprint, which can be seen in the left hand corner was the bolder and more interesting. You can see the portrait of the skyline clearly; the fuzziness of the smudged ink/paint remind me of clouds, they also keep the picture from looking to busy, but they try to set a focus point for the buildings. I wish I could take this further, so I shall in future. I may take this in to Photoshop and start thinking about overlaying a few of these together and see where they go from there.

In future, I may experiment a bit more with the bleaching technique because that one was lacking with practice.