Monday, 16 May 2011
A grand day out
On Friday I had the great fortune of meeting up with blogger buddy Roger Seddon for a sketching trip to Hengistbury Head. It was a beautiful day made even better by good company. Roger has posted his work from the day here . Using a bank to shelter from the breeze we settled down to sketch the the view to Christchurch Priory across the reedbeds of Christchurch Bay.
I started a graphite sketch to loosely plot out some shapes and tones. The thing that caught my eye was the contrast of tone between the end of the shale and the dark shadow of the bank behind. I was sitting on the shingle and had a low viewpoint and so to accentuate this tried a portrait format for a pastel sketch. On reflection I think maybe a square format would have been better.