|Notan sketches of a waterfall scene at Yellowstone|
For this focused practice exercise I used a photo from our Yellowstone trip. The first notan I sketched was the vertical rectangle format, and it was super challenging to see this subject in any of the other formats! I’m glad I tried it though because it helped push me in other directions beyond my first response.
This subject has interesting angles and shapes, so it would be a great one for further composition exploration and taking to the painting stage. I see potential for studying color temperature and intensity with it since it has a relatively small number of colors.
Focused practice project parameters: complete 100 landscape notans. 3 minutes per notan, 5 notans per session, 20 sessions to reach 100.