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Heston And Husb

15 Sep

wall g

I’m carrying on with the ephemeral  wall drawing I’m doing down at The Bagpuss Window, the pop-up artspace in a shop about to be demolished in Swansea’s High Street. The drawing will be demolished at the same time. I wrote some text, “The older you get, the more dead people you know” and this is inspiring the whole piece. I’m using charcoal, chalk and conte crayon.

The door has been open and people pop in for a look. One chap came in and asked why I was drawing “….that telly chef, Heston Blumenthal“. It’s Husb! Same hairstyle though 🙂

 

 

One From The Archives 7: Rinascere #7

15 Sep

Rin 7 for WP

The pose a model strikes can lend a lot to a piece of work. It is one of the reasons I work from life as much as I do. When I look at this, I see a person who is relaxed and confident as she sits in contemplation of her future. I might be reading that into the pose but our body language says a lot about us and when making decisions about how to represent someone artistically, it can often be the dominant feature.

The difficult part is creating an atmosphere in the rest of the drawing which enhances it. Here I have given the fabric she is sitting on a bright, chequered pattern. This allows me to use the full range of tones to lift the mood of the piece. Browns and blacks are not naturally uplifting shades but using the checks gives me the ability to introduce a bit of lightness into the work without the seat dominating the composition at the expense of the figure.

To the same end, the wash fades to white towards the top of the frame to reveal her head and shoulders as if they were in a pool of light.

If you want to find out more technical details about the drawing materials and papers I use please click here to go through to the technical section on my website. The drawing “Rinascere #7” is available for sale on Artfinder and if you’d like to find out more, please click on the link here to go directly to it or click on the link on the right hand side of this blog to see other works for sale.

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