New Series: Urban Journaling!

Hello again guys, hope that Monday treated you well! Today I am announcing another new series on the blog entitled "Urban Journaling." I have always had an interest in mapping and urban planning, and my love for it increased this summer, which is when I got the idea for this series. Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 11.20.26 PM

Originally I planned to start creating maps of my favorite spots in various cities [which I still plan to do] but since starting school in Copenhagen, I have been taking an exciting class called Urban Journal. Each time we meet, we have lecture + discussion on readings and various drawing techniques. Then, we head out of the classroom and into the city, where we explore different spaces and sketch away! Since I have this class on Mondays, I thought it would be the perfect day to share the series with you. Let's get into it!

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Our first class topic was "serial vision." Serial vision is a concept that deals with how you travel through a space, in our case a city, and how you perceive it as you walk. As a journaler, our challenge is to create a series of 5 or 6 drawings that show the progression through a city street, trying to visually connect them as much as possible.

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The above drawing is the first serial vision I completed in class, from photos on a powerpoint slide. I spent 2 minutes on each drawing, working in both pen and pencil.

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The next serial vision was drawn out in the city. In these drawings, we were working in a passageway known as Amagertorv. I started out in a open street, and continued drawing as I moved through the passage, and then out into the street view again. You may remember my Instagram photo of this drawing session, above!

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In this drawing, we were encouraged to relate our sketches to a plan of the area we were traveling through. I chose to compose the page with the plan in the middle, and placed the sketches around it.

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This is my favorite drawing from the day. At first I had only drawn the area inside the box, and my sketch felt really flat and poorly composed. However, my instructor then encouraged me to draw outside of the box boundaries and place the vanishing point in the middle, and it changed my entire drawing! At that moment, I knew this class was going to be great for me to improve my drawing as well as my navigation skills.

How about you, is urban journaling something you have ever tried before? Is it something that you would like to try? Let me know! I'd love to hear from you. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I'll see you tomorrow! x. Paige

Looking for more about mapping? Check out my post about navigating the city of Copenhagen, or learn more about serial vision here!