To start the project, we were instructed to walk through the Llandaff park opposite university. The aim of this exercise was to create quick sketches of nature, objects and anything that caught our eye. We were given a small brief to follow when it came to choosing what to draw:
- An opening
- A hole
- A modification
- A scar
- A secret characteristic
- An infinitesimal detail
- The unseen
- The unused
- Shifting figures around a steady centre
We walked slowly through the park which gave us time to visually explore our surroundings and take in a few of these requirements. This was an interesting way of walking through the park as I do it everyday but don’t necessarily explore my surroundings and pick up on the small details. It uses a lot of concentration and focus to explore your surroundings especially when you are not use to doing it. The task was really interesting because it started to stimulate my ability to notice more and widened my visual perspective. I found it a little difficult to draw whilst walking and I felt I wasn’t able to create very detailed works which made me feel like I was creating children’s drawings. The nature did however make me feel very relaxed and calm and allowed me to focus on my creativity.
This drawings exercise has helped me to think about the environment and will help me further into the project when it comes to choosing my exhibition space.