I worked on a portrait drawing during one of the poses at life drawing session the other evening, using compressed charcoal and white soft pastel onto brown paper. I like using tinted paper as the mid-tones are a given and I find it easier to work in highlights and lowlights on top of an existing mid-tone rather than working onto white, which I find a bit inhibiting.
I start a head by focussing on one point, often the bridge of the nose and then work up some main features in light strokes of charcoal, then I put in highlights with the white pastel and finish with the lowlights in charcoal.
I have spent the past few months travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials. Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures. We are following the legendary trail of the boar hunt, y Twrch Trwyth from the Mabinogion, recording the Bronze Age ancestral stones that those ancient hunters might have encountered.
All the work I’m doing will eventually be featured in a solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. If you want to know more, please click here.
If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.