I’ve realised that I must have a penchant for ‘curved perspective’. This is a sketch I drew of a large wooden structure at a recent architecture exhibition at the Royal Academy. There were spiral staircases in two of the ‘legs’ up to the viewing platform at the top. (I struggled with the more traditional parallel perspective of the top.)
I sketched the buildings in pencil before using grey, brick-red and cream soft pastel. I’d bought three Pentel fine point felt-tip pens for this exercise but realised they would not have been able to give any gradation of tone. I did add a little charcoal in the shadows and added some detail in ink. I’m not happy using pastels for this kind of detailed study, but dislike coloured pencils even more.
The open stairwell was not as I wished. I’d put the background of brick red in thinking I could overdraw the railings with grey. This was not successful. I missed out a lot of clutter such as lampposts which I had included in my townscape line study earlier.