Drawing Spaces / Telling Stories
Drawings made in-situ, unlike documentary photography, capture minutes and hours as opposed to fractions of a second. Drawing on location allows artists and illustrators to closely study a subject from a first person perspective and to develop a better understanding of a place or the people in it from spending time there, looking and recording. This project asks you to tell a story (interpret this in your own way) of a location or a person through visual means.
You can either:
a.) Choose a location from the list below as the basis of your project: The Grant Museum of Zoology Smithfields Market Regent’s Canal Imperial War Museum Highgate Cemetery The National Gallery Brixton Market Ikea (your choice of branch/branches) Canary Wharf The Barbican
Or b.) Find a person who will form the basis of your project. They can be alive or dead, well known or an unsung hero. They might be part of a larger group of people, e.g. a club, society or cultural group. You should do thorough research into your person in order to express a sense of who they are.
The first stage of the project is to explore your chosen place through DRAWING – fill sketchbooks, explore materials and ways of making marks to record your experiences. Then, use your in-situ drawings to create a final work or series of works that express the unique qualities of your place or person – this could be a series of images, a film, publication, animation, comic etc. You can use whatever media/processes for this part of the process, ie, you can make more fully-resolved drawings or use your initial sketches from which to develop collages, prints, paintings, animations etc.

Drawing Prompts Be ambitious and experimental in your initial in situ drawings, you don’t have to do all of these but do try some:
• Don’t look at the paper you are drawing on

• Draw with a continuous line

• Use pencil and ruler • Use blocks of colour or tone rather than lines

• Use different thicknesses of drawing materials

• Use 2, 3 and/or 4 colours

• Use 2, 3 and/or 4 lines

• Use 2, 3 and/or 4 tones

• Look down and draw

• Look up and draw

• Draw something at life size

• Draw something at double the size

• Draw something at half size

• Draw what your location/person sounds like


Texts Marc Auge, Non Places, Introduction to an Anthropology of Super Modernity http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~jread2/Auge%20Non%20places.pdf
Walter Benjamin, Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism https://victorianpersistence.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/benjamin-ii-the-flaneur.pdf
Iain Borden, Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body
Jonathan Meades, Museum Without Walls
Simon Sadler, The Situationist City
Anthony Vidler, Warped Space, Art, Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture
Mass Observation: http://www.massobs.org.uk
Films Style Wars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EW22LzSaJA&t=8s
Urbanized http://www.hustwit.com/category/urbanized/


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