I am taking a year long class from Elizabeth Barton and got some feedback on one of my sketches. The design is from a photo I took of Paris rooftops and chimney pots this past summer. For the assignment I sketched it out trying to shade in various values since this was basically supposed to be a value study. Before I even sent the sketch to Elizabeth I knew that the roof on the lower right was too strong. Why do we know something, but refuse (or are too dumb) to change it? I guess I was copying the photo too much. I have to remember that people don’t create the values in their city buildings to result in a great design in a photo without editing.
Elizabeth also pointed out that there is not much happening on the left side of the sketch. Boy I did not even see that. Again I was just drawing what I saw in the photo. So I had some work to do. She also suggested that cropping to just the interesting stuff might be better.
Here’s what I tried.
Sketch 2: Cropping out the large dark roof top on the right and adding another chimney on the left.
Sketch 3: Adding a chimney on the left side and toning down the large dark roof top
Sketch 4: Same as 3, but moving the chimney on the left further to the left
So the question is which is the strongest design? Which one would you make into a quilt? I think I know which one I am leaning toward, but your feedback would be helpful.
Thanks for reading.