You’ve been framed.

After some frantic paint scrubbing the mural at college is about 99% complete. It isn’t perfect but it is as close as I can get. A few more details here and there but then I can put the brushes back in the craft workshop, and the rest of the class can use the sofa in front of it.

I’ll take a proper camera at some point and make better photos too…

Slow and not very sure.

Coming along, slowly.It doesn’t help that I only have about an hour each day, including eating lunch, preparation and cleaning up, so this week I stayed behind when some lectures were cancelled and tried at least to get the whole picture looking a bit more three dimensional.

I’m not entirely happy with the airship, especially the engine, but I’ll see how it strikes me when I get back to college…

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…