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So Many Stories…….

20 Jul

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A new head of an elder woman for my blog this evening. I’ve been stuck doing work on the computer all day so it’s nice to do some drawing. I’m enjoying looking through images of older women for this series of drawings in my A4 sketch book. So many fascinating faces; so many stories playing across the contours of the skin. I’ve been sticking ripped pieces of brown paper onto the pages to break up the tyrrany of the white and give me a toned background to build my sketch in black and white conte crayon with touches of carbon.

Bones And Brown Paper

23 Apr

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I like studying anatomy. I love the interface between art and science. Sometimes I get access to a skeleton and scribble happily for hours.

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These drawings are on very large sheets of brown wrapping paper, using black, white and sanguine conte crayons. Working on this scale gave me the chance to focus on mark-making rather than doing a scientific illustration.

Total Artgeek – Soft Pastels: Portrait of an Elder Man

18 Aug

Soft pastels: Portrait of an Elder Man.

 

I don’t often do portraits, preferring nudes and cats, but I’ve been trying harder to get a likeness over the past year because it’s good discipline and forces me to be not only very observant but also very accurate, which feeds into my professional development.

This is John, a life model I often work with but on this occasion I decided to draw a portrait instead of the figure. I used soft chalky pastels onto brown parcel wrapping paper. It’s a very large piece, about A1, and that gave me the opportunity to be very free with my mark-making. I tried to observe the Impressionist approach to colour theory and didn’t use any black; instead I juxtaposed complementary colours in the shadows. Despite the scribbly hatching, it was a very disciplined and planned piece. Oh, and it looks like him too. Result!

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