By now you should have a clear idea of the basic elements of your drawing. For this exercise, work on a large scale (A2 to A1). Map out the composition, choose appropriate materials, observe light falling on subjects and be careful with tonal values.

To recap – I wanted to emulate this over-the-head panoramic shot with a long thin piece, using charcoal and pen.

 

Attempt 1 – this went in the bin! Proportions are completely off…

A1 cartridge paper (what a waste!), soft pastels, conte sticks, pen.

 

Attempt 2 – as is often the case, I forgot to take progress shots.

I found I couldn’t combine drawing pen with the charcoal, soft pastels and conte sticks I was using; the softer media just clogged the pen, or obscured it if used afterwards.

The resulting drawing looks like a page from a weird colouring book. The straight architectural lines, and the deliberate omission of some items in the dining room area add to this effect. The ceiling dominates the picture too much, even more so in the cropped final piece.

              

A2 rough paper, soft pastels, conte sticks, pen.

After being excited to try this idea, I’m really disappointed with the results.

However, I still want to use this room for my assignment piece. I noticed that one end of the ‘diagonal’ panoramic shot shows a really interesting arcing view of the lounging area. I’m going to use that picture as my guide for my final piece as it gives me a static record of the light streaming in the window, casting great highlights on the furniture, floor and ceiling.

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