Archive | February, 2015

Top Model

28 Feb


And another life drawing from this week’s session – I was on a roll! I sat up on the plans chest for this one, looking from above and from a fairly acute angle to my left. The model was sitting on a small chair and his right foot was bent in a very awkward way, but it didn’t seem to bother him, he kept at it for an hour. Models are amazing, they’re not given the recognition they deserve IMHO.

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I used a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and a free Markers app.

Some Quick Ones

27 Feb


Here are a couple more drawings I did at life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop last night. These are quick ones. I sat on the plans chest to draw the first one, so I was looking down on the model from above and to one side. I measured the left leg loads of times because it looked so odd when I drew it, but it’s in the right place, shows how weird foreshortening can be.

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These ones are the three 5 minute poses we do at the start of the session. I overlaid them in different colours because ….. well I think it’s pretty. I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free Markers app.

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Prostrate Man

26 Feb


Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I did a lot of drawings tonight. Here’s one of them, with one of our male models, a floor pose. I really like to take a drawing position above the model to draw from that angle.

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I used my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 with a free Markers app, saving several times so I can put them in a slideshow to show its development.

Drawing Darkly

25 Feb


I spent some time in my studio today, starting a ‘manier noir’ style drawing. It’s a type of reductive drawing, working from black to white, rubbing away areas of charcoal to reveal the highlights. It’s the very first of a substantial body of drawings and original prints I have planned.

I prepared Fabriano Accademica paper with gesso and when it dried, I rubbed it evenly all over with compressed charcoal, using my hand to get a smooth black surface. I ‘draw’ into the charcoal with steel wool and very fine sandpaper. This technique results in a subtle but dramatic chiaroscuro.

Manier noir is an alternative name for the printmaking technique mezzotint, where an engraved metal plate has the highlights smoothed away with a steel burnisher.

Some wood I found, a print I made, and some images from Ye Olde Testament

25 Feb

I had to share this wonderful blogpost from Cardiff printmaker, John Abell, showing his latest linocuts


Some wood I found, a print I made, and some images from Ye Olde Testament.

Way Too Cute!

24 Feb

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I took my teenage niece with me to do a spot of puppy-sitting yesterday and I also took a drawing board, some beautiful vintage paper – Saunders from the Wooky Hole paper mill in Somerset – and charcoal, compressed and willow. I intended to do some portrait drawing of my niece, but I reckoned without the puppies! Way, way too cute and irresistible to a teenager apparently.

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I don’t know what she heard when I said,  “Keep still so I can draw you”. I think she heard, “Just roll around on the floor with the puppies then and don’t worry about keeping still so I can draw you!!!!!!!” So I did my best, but the little critters were a major distraction and I had to catch impressions of her as she cuddled the little tinkers. Ah well.

Crowd Control

23 Feb


Standing in a queue is a good opportunity to do some crowd sketching. I like to draw individuals because, to be honest, it’s easier. But I shouldn’t stay in my comfort zone so I did these two crowd sketches when I was standing in a queue yesterday. Drawing in a crowd forces you to bring proportion and perspective into the composition. I drew with a graphic stick into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook.




22 Feb


Husb and I were up in Cardiff today in a queue for 3 hours. How very British. I used the time to draw. I started out using a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size M, into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook, but I didn’t like the results I was getting, too rigid, so I switched to a stick of graphite and got into my stride.


He eventually spotted me!

Dark Expressions

21 Feb


There have been some very high tides for the last couple of days so Husb and I went down to the beach earlier this evening for a look. I took my little hand made Khadi paper sketchbook that I’d prepared with an Indian ink wash, rubbed on with a small natural sponge. I sat in the dark and captured an impression of the darkness and the rough sea with compressed charcoal that I used side on. When I got home I splashed some white ink onto it with a very stiff hog hair brush.

Drawing in the dark isn’t easy, I don’t think there’s any point in trying to do detailed drawings, it’s an ideal situation to just cut loose and get free and expressionistic.

New Life Drawing (Female Nude )

20 Feb


Here’s the other life drawing I did at last night’s session at Swansea Print Workshop. I’m lucky that we have so many opportunities for life drawing in this city, it’s not available everywhere. It’s important for me to be able to practice anatomical drawing, I think it’s an absolutely vital part of my artwork and skills set.

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This is a new model, an older woman. I like to draw elder models, so much of interest that comes with age. I used my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 with the free Markers app.

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