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Spider Alley. (via Doodlemum)

14 Sep

Fabulous post from the incomparable Doodlemum 🙂

Spider Alley. Spider Alley, the place only the bravest children dare enter. Brave the sticky webs and wrapped bundles of mummified bugs, spun and wrapped, ready to stick in your hair. Run, run, run! … Read More

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Life Drawing: Nude Study with Watercolour [PG]

14 Sep

Watercolour and ink: nude study in the studio.


I’m not a big fan of paint, I’d rather draw or make prints, but I like to use watercolours to add colour and pattern to some of the life drawings I do in pen and ink. I prefer watercolour to coloured ink because it has a lightness and transparency to it and in practical terms it will wash out if you spill it; definitely a consideration when you’re as clumsy as I am. I go through phases of working in black and white, usually just with Faber Castell Pitt pens, and then get a hankering to use colour for a while.

Some artists prefer to concentrate on the figure when they’re drawing from life but I want to put the figure into context; I think it helps with getting proportions and foreshortening right. The Life Drawing studio at Swansea Print Workshop has large mirrors which are useful for getting a different perspective of the model and it’s great to get two views in the same drawing.

I’ve done the initial drawing here in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens and then added the watercolour with a stiff straight edge sable brush to give a choppy sort of effect. I haven’t used watercolour in the traditional way, overlaying delicate transparent glazes, because I want strident colours and definite brushstrokes. I’ve used Windsor and Newton half-pan artist quality watercolours. In the near future, I’ll be using this drawing as the basis for monochrome direct monotypes and full-colour reduction monotypes.


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