Archive | February, 2014

Foxy Finale

28 Feb


I’ve been taking part in a Facebook daily drawing challenge for February and this is the last one. The month’s flown by. I’ve done quite a bit of practice on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and also been practicing drawing British wildlife from Internet stock photos. I’ve enjoyed it and I’ll probably carry on for a while longer. During the month I discovered how to do a slide show with the Galaxy, showing the development of some of my drawings, almost animations.

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hmmm…….animation…….there’s an idea………..


27 Feb

Today was one bureaucratic mess! I’ve been planning something really big for months now and I was hoping to make it public today but bureaucracy has gotten in the way and I have to spend more time getting paperwork and forms together and travelling hundreds of miles to get the documentation I need. Pain in the neck!

So I’ve just had a nice cup of chamomile tea to calm me down, a toasted teacake to cheer me up (with Welsh farm salted butter, of course) and I sketched a fox. Quickly. And now goodnight 🙂



The Quick Brown Fox

26 Feb

1393454448720I’ve no idea if the fox is quick – but the drawing is. It’s getting late and I need to blog quickly so here’s a speedy digital sketch done on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. I used an Internet stock photo as the subject. I put in a background using several layers of light colours then scribbled away.

Sleeping Fox

25 Feb


Bogged down in admin most of the day. Planning something big and the next 2 days are crucial. If it comes off, I can reveal all by the end of the week! Meanwhile, it’s hard to find the time to do anything creative so I’m keeping on with the practice drawings on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. I thought I’d carry on scribbling wildlife as drawing animals is really challenging for me. I can draw people ’til the cows come home, but anything else, apart from cats, is hard. Here’s a sleeping fox, drawn from an Internet photo. Thank goodness for the Internet, otherwise I’d have to go down the local museum to find a stuffed one to draw. I saved the drawing at different stages to make a slide show of its progression.

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Luckily you don’t have to stuff a cat to draw them. They act like they’re stuffed about 22 hours a day. 😀


24 Feb

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Husb and I were visiting family this evening, very dark and wet, when we saw something in the headlights run across the road up ahead. A fox! Rather a beautiful one, sleek and well fed with a huge, fluffy, white-tipped brush. I’ve only seen an urban fox a handful of times in my entire life and just twice in Swansea. It was a real thrill. So I scribbled one. I’m getting to enjoy drawing wild animals now. I didn’t like it at first but now it’s interesting to work out the different anatomy and structure. The drawing was done from a photograph sourced from the Internet. I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 with a free Markers app.

Slobbing With Raphael

23 Feb

1393191228703(1)I’m bone idle and slobbed out in front of the telly with the fab book on Raphael that Husb got me for Xmas. So my daily scribble is a study after a Raphael sketch drawn on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. I’ve saved the drawing at different stages and made a slideshow so you can see how it’s developed from laying down a background (which needs to be done with this free Markers drawing app) to the finished sketch above. I don’t think it matters what I draw, just as long as I do something every day to keep my hand in. And now I’ve got an episode of the third series of Game Of Thrones with my name on it 😀

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Drawing In Darkness

22 Feb

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Husb and I went to Taliesin Arts Centre this evening to see a version of Dreyer’s 1932 silent film, Vampyr accompanied by live musicians. It was fantastic. I had a bash at drawing in the dark, using a complete set of sepia Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens in sizes S, F, M and B and drawing into my A5 clothbound sketchbook. It was a challenge to draw dark subject matter in the dark. I could hardly see what I was doing so I hastily sketched in the light bits when there was a bit of light from the cinema screen and spent most of the time making marks to fill in the dark areas with different size pens. The mark making was also influenced by the music and the film which is full of German Expressionist motifs.



Another Digital Nude

21 Feb


We always finish with a long, one-hour, pose at Thursday night’s life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. I couldn’t be bothered to pack my drawing bag, if I’m honest, so I just took my Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet and used the free Markers app. I’m learning more and more about the digital approach as time goes on. I started by laying down a background, overlaying several translucent colours with my finger – white, grey, beige and white again. Then I drew the figure and surroundings with the stylus, keeping my pallete restricted to sepia, olive, sanguine, grey and white with a splash of pink, varying the limited brushes to achieve different lines and pressures. I saved at several stages – never forget to save – I lost a few drawings in the early days – they just disappeared! The act of saving also gives you a little slideshow of the progression of the drawing too.

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A Quick Nude

20 Feb


Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop and I did this on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (8 inch) using a free Markers app. The pose was 25 minutes long. Very tricky foreshortening, really hard.

With this app, I need to put in a solid background before drawing so I usually lay down an opaque white ground with my finger and then overlay with a translucent light grey and then a translucent beige and finish off with an airbrush white. Then I switch to the stylus and start to scribble. If you don’t put in a background, when you save it, you get weird stuff going on like the background goes black and some of the drawing switches to negative. Then you have top export it into something like Adobe Photoshop to correct it. It took me a while to work that one out. Much easier to lay in a background colour.

After da Vinci, with a cat

19 Feb


Another of my practice pieces copying Renaissance drawings. This time a little sketch by da Vinci of a small child playing with a cat. The original is very rough and sketchy, very lively. I guess it had to be that way because a cat and small child are not going to stay still for more than a couple of seconds. In fact, the kitteh looks like it can’t wait to get away. He did quite a lot of these sketches; I wonder if the child escaped without scratches? It’s tempting when copying another artist to tidy up the drawing, to ‘complete’ it but I tried to remain as true to the original as possible, given that I’m using 21st century instead of 15th century materials.

Drawn onto my Samsung Galaxy Tablet using a free Markers app. The reference book is ‘Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings by Hugo Chapman and Marzia Faietti published by The British Museum.

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