COLLABORATIVE PROJECT: Visit to the Shard

The View / Shard

Since the direction of the brief had been directed into two paths, we were encouraged to look at the brief from the perspective of “Occasions” with reference to decoration and colour and to create a collection of dinner ware based on that and also infuse a bit of personality even if it meant abstracting from Denby’s requirements.The other was approach London from the persepctive of a tourist, paying visits to areas that would be of intrigue and fascination, so that whilst away from this environment (London), such emotions could be relieved over again. I decided to start this journey at the south bank with a first visit from the shard. The opportunity to view London from an aerial view point, absorb it, appreciate it and document it
was very important. The ever-changing skyline of London is one that suggests progression, consistent transformation that has to be undertaken constantly and capturing such moments is important as it becomes a visual diary recording a particular moment in time.

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Inspirational Sources / Reference Points

Lucinda Rogers

Since first listening to her at the end of term seminar in December 2014, i’ve become more appreciative of her and the ability to document events via the Reportage style. Since I was going to be starting my research looking at London’s ever evolving skyline, starting with Lucinda would be the right start.

Lucinda Rogers works from life in the tradition of the artist as reporter. She immerses herself in an environment and records straight from eye to paper, which gives her drawings a particular spontaneity. Her work records the intimate details and broad views of the changing city she lives in, London, and others she is drawn to including New York and Marrakesh . Alongside her own work she has had a prolific illustration career working regularly for the mainstream press and countless other publications and companies, often being sent out to draw on location as a reportage illustrator.

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Quick drawings done on site.

The three images below  are quick reportage drawings done by me on site at The View which is located at the Shard and is the fourth tallest building in Europe. These took me 17-25 minutes to execute. My drawings are often time consuming as I have a knack for painstaking detail but this gives me the opportunity to represent every element within the point of view in the simplest of ways yet without escaping the amount of detail involved

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Other inspirational artists

Sarah Adams
Another artist I’ve come to appreciate for some time. Adams’ painting are captivating and are appreciated for the same reasons why I like Lucinda Roger’s work; the simplicity in the rendering of complex city-scapes.

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The painting of instantly recognisable views of London in her unique distinctive technique with the utilisation of a chalky colour palette of acrylics always anchored with white, and the application of the paints in thick bettery brush marks has a somewhat calming effect. This is in contrast to the the fact that these places that end up being her subject matter (the city of London)are ptherwise crowded and bustling settings.
The ever changing diverse and beautiful London skyline resonates with her and she is fascinated by reconstruction and rebuilding. Its obvious that her major aim is to capture a moment in time, and how an area of London is never going to be the same again.
Her main focus is on architectural landscapes and skylines and her portfolio hones in on key landmarks that resonates with the viewer.

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