Assignment 1 – preparing the ground

I prepared two sheets of white A3 canvas block paper (280gsm): one with ultramarine and burnt umber/orange acrylic washes mixed with white gesso and sketched the composed objects in graphite pencil in landscape format with an indicative horizon line; and the other with a yellow ochre acrylic and white gesso wash and the sketched composition again in graphite pencil, but this time in portrait format.

Assignment 1 - landscape format sketch

Assignment 1 – landscape format sketch

Assignment 1 - portrait format sketch

Assignment 1 – portrait format sketch

In the portrait version I then over-painted the ground beneath the composed objects with brown and white acrylic washes to provide a stronger base for the overall image, choosing angled shapes to complement the main composition.