Bare Bones

10 Sep

9 Oystermouth

I started doing charcoal drawings into this Khadi sketchbook a few weeks after lockdown started. When I realised that the pandemic was going to be here for a while, I found that I was struggling to do any creative work so I decided to focus on improving skills instead. I have been doing a weekly online painting class – 15 weeks now. And I started to use up some boxes of willow charcoal I’d been given. I had never liked using charcoal before but I thought now’s the time to get over it and practice. I’ve nearly finished the sketchbook and my drawings have changed. I was trying to cram in too much detail at the beginning but now I’m concentrating on the bare bones of the composition, trying to make satisfactory shapes and balancing light and dark rather than doing loads of details.


A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.


To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left.

In this one, I combine some of the images with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was little and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

5 Responses to “Bare Bones”

  1. Leonie Andrews September 11, 2020 at 10:06 #

    Each material asks something different of us.

    • Rosie Scribblah September 12, 2020 at 14:39 #

      That’s so true, and finding the perfect marriage of support and drawing material is crucial

      • Leonie Andrews September 13, 2020 at 00:33 #

        Yes indeed. That is often the most difficult message to get across to people who are making art for the first time. I am teaching next week and thankfully the arts group supporting the classes provides good basic materials to get everyone off to s good start.

  2. kestrelart September 10, 2020 at 22:00 #

    Great and inspirational sketches (I should credit you on some of my recent posts I realise). I found the khaki rough paper in my sketchpad doesn’t take my charcoal marks, though I am using hard H charcoal pencil by Conte not willow sticks.

    • Rosie Scribblah September 12, 2020 at 14:39 #

      Thanks Neil. I find the soft willow charcoal much better for the rough Khadi, in fact, it’s the best thing I’ve found for Khadi.

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