Stiff And Awkward

24 Jul

Had lots of things to do today so I didn’t get round to doing a drawing until late. I chose a figure from a series of photos I took on the beach earlier in the week on Swansea Beach when it was sunny and sketched it with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen. I’m not a fan of drawing from photos because my drawings seem stiff and stilted. Drawing from life tends to be more lively and dynamic. I guess it may be that I should give myself more practice drawing from photos and allow myself the same freedom as when I draw from life.

socks sandals

I have been 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.

If you want to know more about my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September, please click here.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.



2 Responses to “Stiff And Awkward”

  1. Leonie Andrews July 25, 2016 at 06:36 #

    I find that that ia a good approach. I do a blind contour drawing or any other style trying only to see the image and blank out the photo edge. It seems to work but I m7ch prefer to draw from life.
    Strange but true, in China last year we were visiting a famous garden and a large group of landscape architecture students were there at the same time. I was horrified to see one young woman, sketching from the photo she had taken of the pond in front of her, rather than the pond itself. It was all I could do to restrain myself from pulling the camera away and pointing at the pond. A pity as she was clearly a talented sketcher. 😕

    • Rosie Scribblah July 25, 2016 at 09:54 #

      Crikey! That’s a bit bonkers. Thanks for the tip, I’ll give that a try. It isn’t always possible to sketch from life and I need to get a better technique for drawing from photos.

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