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Getting Started

22 Jun

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Just started drawing an idea for a new woodcut, scribbled it out onto a piece of layout paper with a chunk of 6B graphite first then did a couple of more detailed studies.

 

Next stage – getting some hand-lettering worked out….

The Cheese Has Landed

13 Jun

The Cheese Has Landed! I entered one of those Facebook competitions a few weeks ago. You know the ones, you click on ‘Like’ and share the page and you’re entered into a prize draw. Well, this was with the Welsh Cheese Company and if there’s one thing that I like more than almost anything else in the world … almost …. it’s cheese. So I clicked and shared and a couple of weeks later they got in touch to tell me that I’ve won fifty quid’s worth of cheese! Not just any old cheese either, but the nation’s finest.

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So I was working today and spent the evening with some of our extended family and we ate loads of cheese. And I didn’t do any art but now I’m stuffed full of cheese. And I’m so happy, being stuffed full of cheese 😀

Comfy Shoes

2 Jun

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End of a long day, lots of family stuff and a visit to town and it’s hot and sticky and muggy so I’m slobbing out at home scribbling my comfy shoes into my little flower covered sketchbook.

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It’s tiny and I’m using a biro (ballpoint) pen.

Not As Simple As It Seems

24 May

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I have been enjoying the Käthe Kollwitz exhibition at Swansea’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and I bought the exhibition book. I wanted to study her woodcut technique in more detail so I laid a black ground in the Markers drawing app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and then drew into it with white brush and line functions, to emulate the lines she had originally cut into a block of wood. When you look at the original, it seems very, very simple but when you study it and try to copy it, it’s a lot more complicated than it appears.

First Things First

23 May

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My Nana always used to say, “First Things First”. I should have listened to her. I started drawing my new boots a few days ago on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet but I didn’t do any preliminary sketches first to work out how the boots related to each other, the difference in perspective and angles. And now I’m stuck because the boot on the left of the digital drawing just doesn’t look right. So I started sketching them in my little paper sketchbook – and I still can’t get it right. So I’ll have to carry on until it works out.

Here’s what I’ve done so far. I think one of the problems is that Doctor Marten’s have soles that turn up quite sharply at the front and I’, having lots of trouble getting that angle right.

Blocking In

21 May

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Blocking In. I’m carrying on with my digital drawing of my new willow pattern Doctor Marten boots, blocking in the second one. It’s not as easy as the other as I have to draw everything in relation to the first and it’s tricky. It’s taken me much further with the digital drawing app (Markers) than I’ve done before. The first two stages are below.

More Boot In Blue

20 May

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I carried on with the digital drawing I started last week, of my lovely new Doctor Marten boots, decorated with a blue and white willow pattern. They are a gift from a dear friend and I’m chuffed to bits with them. I drew on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using a free Markers app. It’s getting old now, practically an antique, but it’s still fit for purpose so I won’t be changing it any time soon.

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This is where I left off last time

 

New Blue Boots (Work In Progress)

15 May

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A dear friend gave me a pair of blue and white Doctor Martens boots. They’re fab. They are covered with a blue willow pattern, like the one on pottery. I’ve been a bit sluggish creatively lately so I thought I’d get a bit of still-life drawing in, so I plonked them on top of my plans chest, loaded up my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app and got stuck in. Then I got distracted by the cat. So I’ll work on them again tomorrow.

Randomness. 2

9 May

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I’m carrying on experimenting with being as random as I can, which isn’t easy for me! I worked on another sheet of vintage watercolour paper from a Winsor & Newton block I was given by a friend, it’s about size A2. I did one a few days ago and I think I’ll do a series and see what happens. I used my home-made walnut husk ink, firstly applying a light wash and when that was dry, brushing the neat ink over with a large, flat brush. I like the way the ink pools at the edge of the brushstrokes.

 

Here are the two that I’ve done so far. I don’t know what I might end up doing with them, at the moment I’m just trying to keep a open mind and be as free as possible.

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Vintage Paper And Liquid Silk

2 May

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Another development in my current phase of random experimentation. A dear friend has given me a lot of vintage art supplies, mostly lovely papers, and I’m putting them to good use. This is a large block of water colour paper, the kind that where all the sheets are stuck together which saves you from having to stretch individual pieces. It’s quite a big one, about 20 x 14 inches. I don’t usually use watercolour, especially on a large scale, so I watered down some of my home-made walnut ink and brushed it onto the paper, leaving it to dry overnight. Then I took some undiluted walnut ink, a rich chocolatey sepia that flows like liquid silk and poured some onto the paper.

 

At first I had a strong urge to try and make something representational, but I resisted that and brushed across the paper randomly, using a 2.5 inch household painting brush. The ink holds the impression of the brush, which I like. Once it’s dry. I’ll peel it off and have a think about what I will do with it. Probably something with conté crayon and/or soft pastels. Maybe even oil bars.

Please click here to find out how to make walnut ink.

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