It felt like a lifetime ago that I last wrote a post for the Ruins Project and upon checking when the last post was, my suspicions were confirmed. Between one thing and another, circumstances have dictated the path of my work over the past month or so; I won’t go into all that here and now as it’s pretty irrelevant at this point.
The good thing is that I’m now back in my Sanctum Sanctorum and working again. I’ve been doing some little bits and pieces today, tomorrow will be much the same as I have a few small pieces I’m currently working on; Friday however, I will be back to painting and working towards getting this project finished.
I thought that as it has been a couple of weeks since my last post for the Ruins project it would be good idea to give an update on the current state of affairs.
The canvas is prepared and I have transferred my image onto it using the grid method to size it up to fit; I have given the canvas a yellow ochre wash over the charcoal lines as well; so all in all it is ready for starting the painting.
I’m at a bit of a stale mate with the colour palette I wish to use, whether to go for a normal daylight landscape, or whether to turn the piece into a nocturne which I think will make the scene a lot more interesting.
I’ve also had a commission piece to work on so that has been why I haven’t jumped straight into the painting yet because once I start, I don’t want to keep stopping; the commission piece I’m working on I will publish the progress of in this Friday’s Morning Coffee post.
I will be commencing the work on the Ruins Project next week so I’ll have a new post with some more progress to show by either the end of next week or the beginning of the following, thanks for stopping by and take care!
Hello and welcome to Part II of my Ruins art project, if you missed Part I, you can see that by Clicking Here.
With this project being a shorter one than the last one was, I have jumped the gun a bit in terms of getting straight into drawing up a final concept to use as a reference for the final painted piece of work. I didn’t want to drag it out and take another age before wrapping up the project as I need to get as many pieces of work added to the portfolio as soon as possible; moving fast but without detriment to the quality of the work.
Without further ado, here is the finished drawing –
So finally the time has for publish the first part of this project containing my own artwork; although having said that, aesthetics are not the aim of this stage, ideas and forming a concept have been my only objective. In just the course of the short time I’ve spent on these sketches, the entire concept has changed hugely and I am now at a stage where I know where I want to go with the work for a final piece; but that’s a little way off yet.
Initially the idea was just to research different ruins and types of architecture until I decided upon what I wanted for my work, I primarily thought about doing an ancient Norse inspired work, some ruins and the head of a statue, perhaps hinting at an Icelandic landscape post-Ragnarok.
I have now started work on my new project which I announced last week, you can see that post by Clicking Here.
For this project, I will be publishing the artwork that I create in parts and in between the parts containing the artwork will be written pieces about relevant artists or pieces relative to the theme of Ruins.
I will be publishing the first written piece next week, looking at some of the beautiful artwork of Francis Towne, a little known artist who traveled to Rome in the 18th century and painted some beautiful watercolour landscapes of the scenery of the old Empire’s capital.
Throughout the course of the project I will look at a variety of people who have captured the charm and beauty of the ancient world through different media as well as those who have incorporated it into imaginary scenes, such as I intend to do.
So until next week, take care!
Featured Image – Francis Towne – Inside the Colosseum – 1780
For the past week in between studying portrait drawing and sketching away I have also been spending a lot of time thinking of another project to get on with; something not as large scale as my Lord of the Rings Project from last year, but detailed enough for the final result to be added into my portfolio.
Having a lot of interest in concept art, fantasy and history, as well as wanting to create art that has a narrative inclined me to choose a theme that will be a combination of all of my interests.
The concept that I have come up with for this project is Ruins. I’ve always found myself drawn towards ruins; Bronze age, classical, medieval, even contemporary desolation such as Chernobyl captivate me and inspire me in ways that I find hard to explain. I think a big part of what draws me towards ruins is the fact that they all tell a story; tales of abandonment, legends of sieges and warfare, chronicles recording the destructive power of weather and time and even epics of natural disaster.
I don’t just want to reproduce an image of an already familiar set of ruins for this project though, I want to create an imagined scene for my final piece and that is the objective. In harmony with concept art, I will be drawing on the historical to create the fantastical.
As before with my previous project, I will post the development of the project in stages; there is a lot of ground to cover throughout this project and an innumerable amount of resources to draw from.
My intentions are to
Gather information on historical architecture
Study existing ruins
Explore the work of others in this field such as; Concept Artists – Historical Painters – Landscape Painters – Architects – Photographers
Build a collection of images to use for reference and inspiration
I will use the information that I gather to create a series of sketches and studies that I will use towards the final piece, working with various media.
Part I of this project will be published within the next two weeks and I hope for as many of you to join me on this journey as possible.
I decided to finally make a post that is simply dedicated to a painting, now that I’m starting to get the hang of blogging. The painting chosen is John Constable’s Hadleigh Castle.
The precise date of the build is unknown, but it is known that it was built sometime after 1215 by Hubert de Burgh. Being situated on the mouth of the Thames it worked well for defensive means, against any invaders using the Thames; and also as a private royal residence that was close to London.
This particular painting by the great John Constable, is one of my favorite pieces of art for a variety of reasons. Firstly is probably the love that I hold of castles, the fact that even when in dis-repair and ruinous I can still feel the presence of power they once held in times long past. In my opinion, these colossal, stone structures dwarf even the highest of skyscrapers in today’s age.
Another reason for my love of this artwork has to be the recognition of the scene, as I pass this castle every time I get on the train. An amazing factor about the scenery itself is that it hasn’t really changed since 1829 when Constable captured its beauty on a canvas.
I hadn’t been aware of this painting’s existence until fairly recently, when I stumbled upon it whilst researching Colchester Castle for a college project that I’ve been working on. In respect of that, I’m glad I did find it and therefore came to write a short post about it.
Constable has depicted this scene immaculately and without a single flaw, every part of detail in this work screams perfection in such a way that it’s impossible to ignore.
I particularly like the farmer in the scene as well, just going about his daily business, unperturbed by the remains of a once great fortress, as though it is just as much a natural part of the landscape as the river and hills. The land is still home to cattle and farmers to this day; and they still share the same views of their surroundings as the farmer shown in the painting did, almost two hundred years before.
The sky, being still heavy and quite darkened after the storm, sets the castle in an ominous appearance, thus lending it an even more powerful stance in comparison to it’s neutral surroundings.
It’s just a shame that this once great abode was built on subsiding ground, leaving it in ruins as years have passed, but with the addition of imagination to the remains, it doesn’t take long to feel and become part of this castle when it was in it’s prime.