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Scribbling Chooks

14 Sep

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I drew some chickens this morning. Husb and I were collecting farmyard manure from a smallholding where there are a lot of beloved animals including these chubby chooks, cats, dogs, a pig and a llama.  I used the continuous line drawing technique because the chickens were quite lively; it was early this morning and they wanted their breakfast! Continuous line is a fast method and I like the dynamism of the sketches.

 

 

The manure’s down the allotment now – it’ll be a winter mulch for the raised beds.

 

 

A Big Ginger Pollock

10 Aug

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Back to the ‘up-yer-nose’ digital drawings and here’s someone with a great big ginger beard. Magnificent. The chickens are part of the wallpaper. They don’t live on his head. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free Markers app, laying on a beige ground to start with then building up layers of colour and texture with a stylus and my finger, the stylus gives a much firmer, more defined line. I did a lot of the texture in his beard with my left hand (I’m right handed) which gave much more wobbly, quirky lines, a bit like a Jackson Pollock. Sparta Puss was rubbing her face against my right hand because she wanted to be smoothed. So what can you do?

 

 

 

Is It A Hen?

8 Apr

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Husb and I visited a friend at her farm today and cut some bamboo canes for our allotment. It was gorgeous, sunny and warm; thirsty work. I grabbed the chance to get some sneaky digital shots of the fidgety chickens and had a bit of a scribble into my A5 hardbacked sketchbook with a grey graphite stick. I’ve had a bit of practice recently with our parrot visitor, Richard the Bird, so I was more familiar with the chicken – the round eye set in a faintly dinosaur-like head. I think it’s a hen but I’m not really sure how to tell.

7 Chickens And A Piglet

12 Aug

I had a lovely day out at Swansea’s Community Farm today. I managed to steal a couple of small relatives for a day or two and took them up to the farm’s summer playscheme. They got themselves immersed in mucky farmy things and I drew. Seven chickens and a piglet, just like it says on the tin. After the very tight and focussed portrait heads of last week, I used a much freer approach with the free Markers app on my Sansung Galaxy Note 8. It’s a much freer style, but it has to be because the birds move around so much. Proper fidgets. Not so the piglet who had a warm muddy puddle to loll it 🙂 Here’s a link to the farm’s Facebook page.

Chooks At The Vetch.

12 Mar

Had a nice diversion this afternoon after picking up my niece for babysitting. We went down to The Vetch Field, Swansea’s old soccer ground in the city centre, which has now been cleared and turned into allotments. There are chickens there too and the sprog and I spent an hour with sketchbooks, charcoal and pastels drawing the allotments and especially the chickens. Vetch is a type of wild legume and the field was transferred from The Swansea Gaslight Company in 1912 to the newly formed professional football team. It’s nice that now it’s been cleared, plants flourish there once again. Not all of it is allotments so maybe vetch will reestablish itself once again. The drawings are done in charcoal and oil pastels into a heavyweight cream Somerset sketchbook. I’ve never drawn chooks before – they don’t stop moving!

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