The Curate’s Egg

11 Jul

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Just got back from this evening’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop, which was a bit of a curate’s egg….good in parts. I loosened up with my first drawing, using white conte crayon and a lump of carbon onto a piece of handmade paper that I’d prepared with a dark ink wash. I like this, it’s much freer than my normal approach. Then I retreated into my comfort zone, with a dip pen and Indian ink.

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The upper body went well, but then I lost the plot completely with her left hand, which was very difficult because of the foreshortening. So I went over it with white ink, but it didn’t dry so I’ll have to leave it for another day.

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Finally, I took an old discarded etching that I’d prepared with a soggy tea bag and did a quick sketch with a grey ink wash and a dip pen, to try and get the proportion of the hand correct, to use as a reference for the drawing above when I’m ready to rework it. Ho hum…….

 

 

3 Responses to “The Curate’s Egg”

  1. jeffhaynes July 11, 2013 at 23:40 #

    Great effect with the tea bag! Lovely image.

  2. notes to the milkman July 11, 2013 at 23:22 #

    But what about the important bit of the evening – the eating of the chocolate cake?

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