Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Almost certainly, Fluid Thoughts was the workshop which I found most challenging. Having had experience in drawing, but not experience in drawing instruction, I at first found it extremely difficult to have my drawing style challenged. However, once I tried to apply the new techniques to my drawing I found them an effective supplement to my drawing style. I have definitely felt an improvement in my drawings.
Not only was my drawing style challenged, but also my concept of what drawing was meant to achieve. Having only ever really worked with portraiture, I assumed the main and most important objective was to achieve a likeness. However, Anton and Chrissie talked about the drawings with a more conceptual framework- likening it to certain styles of painting. For me- this strengthened the idea that for a period of time- all architects have to communicate their ideas are drawings. It is imperative that architects seize this tool and use it effectively in a range of different ways. This was reinforced in the 42 daily drawings which allowed me to dabble in different medias and drawing styles- helping me to discern what methods of representation were appropriate for each situation.
I also learned that precision due to astute observation was extremely important. When trying to depict a space- we cannot rely on what our brain thinks a space looks like. Rather we have to challenge what we believe our space to look like through careful observation.