The complete title of the workshop was Capturing intangibles: Exercises in creating meaningful sketches. "Meaningful sketches" - that's what attracted me here. How to turn a simple depiction of reality into something more.
For our first exercise we were given one of three words: historic, romantic or strange. We were to head out in search of a subject that would express the word we were given.
This is the sketch I did for that exercise. Can you guess what word it was?*
|This house had many lovely balconies|
I'm happy to say that mine was interpreted correctly.
For the second round, we could choose one of the two remaining words. I chose "strange" this time.
|The house was known as Pineapple House|
I agree with that. In spite of the fact that I tried to sketch the subject in a "stranger way" and not to put too much detail in my sketch I ended up overworking it.
This workshop forced me to think about what message I wanted to convey in my work and how - something I never think about. It's a bit tricky to do for me, in particular because when I work for myself, without an assignment that is, I very rarely try to give a meaning to what I draw. I just go with the flow mostly or try to be as accurate as possible, if I'm in a mood to be more realistic.
So the main concept I will remember from his workshop is WHAT MESSAGE DO I WANT TO CONVEY IN MY SKETCH?
*If you thought "romantic", yay for you! And for me for a job well done :)