Finding silence amongst the noise.

Graveyard sketch 1
Graveyard sketch 2
Tree sketch 1

Just a quick one today.

If you live in London, as I do; and you're more naturally suited to wandering about fields than pounding pavements, as I am; you may find yourself desperate to escape from the hussle and bussle, the noise and the constant bombardment of information. Here's my tip: graveyards.

I recently discovered a huge cemetary just around the corner from my house, with over 13,000 headstones (in various states of repair). The cemetary has been around since the 1850's and so is packed full of emotive imagery, like broken vault tops, trees sprouting through broken graves and various degrees of overgrowth.

 

Don't get me wrong, spending time in graveyards definitely is a slightly morbid experience, but it's also sublimely peaceful, tranquil and most of all, nearly always empty. I've finally found a place within the city where I can stop and slow down.

 

I've also started to look into more environment painting and design, as I've always stuck to characters in the past, and now I feel slightly stronger taking on the whole world building thing. 


The sketches above are done in my sketchbook, just in biro, taking about 15 mins each. They're only a couple of inches big and they're great fun to do. The idea behind these is to work out nice compositions and good imagery, so while I'm not characturing what's in front of my eyes, I'm not being entirely faithful to it either. I've moved a gravestone or two, or moved a tree out of the way, that kind of thing. And doing them so small allows for all the brain work of observation and working out what will work best, but without the burden of doing a whole detailed piece of art.

They'll be plenty more, moving forward.



Thank for looking in.



Josh.

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