Tuesday, July 30, 2013
I've been doing these unusual city scenes lately.
Inspired by a little Sci Fi and surrealism.
I start by drawing a curved horizon line, like the top of a planet or ball, and begin adding buildings.
They become wavy, leaning this way and that.
Then I add bright colours.
A good project to try with the kids at school next term.
- background paper, I used heavy wc paper
- piece of good drawing paper
- a recycled cereal or cracker box
- paint, I used gouache, watercolour, and a bit of acrylic
- tacky glue
- fine sharpie
I'm making this skyline in layers. Why layers? It's more interesting (little 3D) and you can get a cleaner look.
I cut 2 wavy buildings out of the cereal box.
I placed them on my drawing paper and began sketching out a skyline.
Instead of using a curved horizon line I'm just having the skyline come out of the corner.
Add a few details. I traced out where the cardboard is going to go.
At school we will probably paint the buildings but add the details with coloured pencil and crayon.
Paint the cardboard buildings.
Cut the skyline out of the drawing paper.
Add details to the buildings.
For the background I wanted a deep blue.
The city is a light source so as I work to the corner where the city will be I lighten the blue with some white.
I wanted some stars so I splatter some white paint on the dark blue.
Apply glue to the back of the paper skyline.
By using the corner it's easy to line it up and secure into place.
Glue cardboard buildings into place.
I decided it needed a little something so using the leftover drawing paper I made a lamp post.
Cut out and glue into place.
That's it. With really young kids we can make some of the buildings out of coloured paper. Should make for an interesting lesson! I hope I inspired you to give these a try.