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Finishing The Drawing

12 Aug

Alan 7d

I showed the first three phases of a new life drawing in yesterday’s blog and now here are the final three stages. I worked with conté crayons in white, black and sanguine into my A2 size brown paper sketchbook.

Alan 7e

I love drawing onto brown paper. It reminds me of my childhood. There wasn’t any money to spare so my Mam used to cut up brown paper bags – that’s what you put groceries in before plastic bags – and I drew with bits of pinky white chalk she found on the edge of the Hafod tip behind our house.

Alan 7f

The hands were hard work but worth the effort I think. They are well to the fore and the head recedes into the background. The Op Art cushion is fun and livens up the composition.


I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams since February in all weathers with 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.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

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


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