|My sketch of Constable's "Boatbuilding near Flatford Mill"|
11" x 16", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
In reality this painting is 50.8 x 61.6 cm (20 inches x 24.25) which means I've got the format wrong. However I chopped off a chunk of sky and some of the foreground!
It's worth checking out the dimensions on a painting before starting to sketch it in a museum as it helps to get the picture format within your sketchbook correct. You don't have ot draw the whole painting and it's fine to draw only the part that you like!
a page from John Constable's sketchbook
in the Victoria and Albert Museum
If you start here, you can go through a slideshow of Constable sketches. When you're looking at the sketchesConstable filled his pocket sketchbooks with figures and scenery, many of which reappear in his paintings. A selection of images from the sketchbook are shown on this page.
- remember how big they really are!
- note his technique
- note also how he doesn't always fill the page
- they're not value designs but they do give a sense of values as well as recording what he saw.