Your task is to select a view from a window or from an open door. Try to find a view that includes some natural objects … Also try to find a view that will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of aerial or linear perspective … Look for a view that offers an opportunity to draw straight-lined objects as well as items drawn from nature.
I decided to draw the view from our younger daughter’s bedroom window. I did look briefly at the view from our older daughter’s room but the few feet between the two windows made a huge difference in composition.
As it was a landscape that I would be drawing my first two charcoal sketches were landscape format.
This showed the top of our beech tree and the trees in blossom on the other side of the road, but not the garden or the wall. It also had a large area of tarmac in the bottom right hand corner.
This portrait format is much better but needs to be expanded to include the blossom trees. I redrew this in Sharpie pen as I was planning on using this for the final piece. I drew all of these preliminary sketches on A3 paper fastened to the easel just as the final piece would be.
For the final drawing, I sketched the general areas in pencil, blocked in base colours with powdered pastel, added some deeper pastel using the sticks directly, drew most of the drawing part with a black felt tip Sharpie pen and then finally adding detail colour, such as the copper and light green leaves in the beech tree, with more pastel.