More distractions.

More exams loom. This week we have ‘Rechtskunde’ or law. We need to know the law for working with people with disabilities/psychological issues/refugees/young offenders et c,, what rights they have, including extra rights to protect them, and how to deal with different situations.Of course to do this we need to have a working knowledge of the law for everyone else.

It is very boring.

The picture above is my attempt at making it a bit more interesting and rearranging the information to help me remember it.

German speakers: I know “Rectskunde” should be “Rechtskunde”. Pencils don’t have a spellchecker, and by the time I noticed I’d filled in all the gaps…

Sudden vegetation

And suddenly, there were trees, which I can’t claim credit for as they were painted by someone else.

I got myself into gear and started shading buildings. I’ve not been entirely consistent on the direction of the shadows, but it has worked so far. As is probably obvious, I started in the lower right and I’m working across. The buildings I’ve done so far exist, which makes things easier. Once I’ve done them, I’ll run out of excuses and have to work on the grey lumps of the ‘modern’ buildings. These will be more challenging because I’m making them up as I go along, and also because I’ll have to evict people off the sofa beneath it…

Sketchbooks don’t cause this sort of trouble…

Urban transit

I was looking for something that wasn’t a half finished picture of Stuttgart, and came across this in a notebook. It is a stempunky monorail again, probably a bit closer to the centre of town than this one, although I wouldn’t want to hang around in the streets after dark. Come to that, I’m not sure I’d like to stand on the tiny metro station at the top of that tower…

Colour, back by popular demand…

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Rather poor qualiy image of the mural at the end of the Friday afternoon session. This was a completely revised drawing: #4, I think, t´with the ‘quadratura’ effect rather better emphasised than in previous versions. All the pantiled roofs and stone/whitewashed walls are blocked in.

The large grey shape top left is an airship flying frankly dangerously low over a populated area. Painting in the engine will be interesting, especially as I have no clue what a real airship engine should look like but never mind, people are enjoying the process and feel able to join in, which is the main thing…

More to come next week, along with shadows and texture, but right now all I want to do is sleep…

And now in colour, briefly…

The mural is progressing:

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This is now a historical document: the mural here was a ‘first attempt’ to see how we could mix colours and apply them on such a big area, so to the horror of several people I pulled it down and threw it our this week, and drew a new design directly onto the wall. Photographs will follow as soon as there’s something to see.

First perspective

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Most of what passes for ‘art’ these last weeks were for the class art project  I got roped into last year. People wanted a sketch of Stuttgart, but after making the more iconographic buildings things got a bit art deco and Steampunky, partly to give a slightly more optimistic feel than you’d get from looking at the back end of Stuttgart as it really is, and partly because then no-one can say I got it wrong. I also have to design it so that everyone can be involved, so a lot of the city will be fairly simple shapes so that we can give people three colours and instructions on how to make base colours, highlights and shadow.

I still haven’t managed to get the Quadratura effect quite right, and the ‘cafe’ sign looks a bit lost. On the other hand everyone agreed to the idea, although that was probably because they knew they’d have to come up with another one if they didn’t.

Now I have to make a more detailed version ready for a projection, and a second window “with more forest and trees and stuff…”