Have you ever tried back streets for your subjects? In back allies, you see people working at restaurants. Frustrated or stressful people come up and throw away dirty stuff and unnecessary things into bins. Or tired people come out for a cigarette for a few minutes break. Or a truck driver delivers something for shops. Each person's small stories show "dramas" -- tragedies and comedies, yet humanistic stories go on. Soon, working people realise me and silently let me sketch (*thank you!).
Technically, I enjoyed to capture the perspective and played with the colours in these drawings. Artists may move mountains or create them in drawings. The changing is the important element of the composition of work. It's "balance" in a drawing. My balancing sense really owes to instinct, although this sounds strange and vague. I changed the colours, values and positions of bins. There are many signs and bins in back allies. They are so colourful and powerful to stimulate us, passer-bys' inner world. I met a photographer, while sketching these streets. "Colour!" he yelled at a first sight of my work. The nice photographer smiled at my say, "I can cheat it. I moved some and changed value." Yes, he had known it and turned a blind eye to the changing in my work. That's the the creativity and pleasure in drawing.
Regarding the sense of life in back streets at night, I love a picture book "Way Home," illustrated by Gregory Rogers. The story is about a young homeless boy who picked up a kitten, showing city's night world. I feel sounds, smell and conversations in a back street in that book. Like Gregory, I hope my work will send you some mood, although I need more experience of drawings. I hope ultimately, my architectural work will show people's life and send the "sense of life." I'd explore them in my architectural drawing and landscapes. So, my work will not always be neat and beautiful, but they will be dirty, stinky and strong -- I'm working on them at the same time. They are similar to illustration or drawings with narrative stories.
Now, I have no fear of landscape or architecture. I'm really enjoying them daily. The more, we draw, the better we do.
Friends, Happy Painting! Thank you for warm cheers.