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Blue Face

16 Feb

16 natieModel, artist and mate Natie popped into Creative Bubble on Saturday and posed for me so I could practice drawing a portrait. I’ve never been a formal portraitist, life drawing is about anatomy for me, not about getting a likeness of the model’s face. But I’m working on an idea for my next biggish exhibition and I need to get better at capturing likenesses. It’s better to practice with a professional model and / or fellow artists because you can come up with all sorts of weird stuff while trying to get to a likeness, and non-professionals can end up getting very insulted.

In this I’m trying to get the components of the face in the right place and familiarise myself with all the bits, so I’m not that bothered about subtlety and finesse. Luckily, Natie didn’t seem to mind. I used chalk and compressed charcoal onto a discarded cyanotype on Bockingford paper that I found in the bin at the print workshop. It’s about 20cm square. It will feed into a larger piece eventually.


The Yellow Shoes

16 Feb



It’s been a very long day and I’ve only just got home at nearly midnight. Good day though, but I need to do a quickie blog and get some sleep. Here’s the second drawing I did at Thursday’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop, using my Samsung Galaxy tablet with the free Marker app. I like working with older models because their bodies are so interesting, so lived in. This model travels a lot and picked up these lovely yellow leather pointy-toed shoes on one of her trips.

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