Just back from the cinema with Husb, we went to see Their Finest, a lovey film, funny, warm and you’ll need a hankie. I had a scribble, of course, but in the dark. I could make out shapes of heads but couldn’t see the sketchbook. Frustrating.It’s good practice though, even if the result looks like a spider had done the Charleston all over it with inky feet.
I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder. If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm
I’ve been very slack about using my sketchbook and have fallen out of the habit of using it every day. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing any art, I’ve been immersed in drawing and printmaking projects but it hasn’t left me much time to sketch. So this evening, after Husb and I came back from the cinema (Sing Street – lovely film) Sparta settled down with me so I grabbed a quick sketch, just a minute or so, into my leatherbound sketchbook, using a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen.
Back to life drawing sessions at Swansea Print Workshop last night, the first of the year but I only stayed for the first hour because I went off to see The Good, The Bad And The Ugly at Swansea’s newest cinema, Cinema & Co – I’d forgotten what a brilliant film it is.
Anyway, I ended up getting the most foreshortened view possible of our model – oh joy. I’m rusty because I’ve had a few weeks off, well about a month, so this was a challenge. I recorded it on my digital phone as I went along so you can see all the mistakes!
White chalk 1st to get a rough idea of the form than start rough line work with willow charcoal.
Working on the hands – OOOFFF!!!
And the foot – more OOOFFF!!!!
Finally getting in some highlights with chalk and some lowlights in charcoal lines.
I drew into an A2 sketchbook made up of brown paper and used white chalk and Winsor & Newton willow charcoal. The brown paper provides a handy mid-tone. Our model is an older man, so interesting to draw.
From January 15th to February 8th, with some of my installations and lino prints in Penarth’s Pavilion Pier Gallery
And if you’re in Penarth in the next couple of weeks, please visit the Penarth Pier Pavilion Gallery where there’s a joint exhibition of work from Swansea and Cardiff Print Workshops, including some print installations I recently worked on and some of my lino prints.
Husb and I went off to Cardiff last night to the cinema to see Julien Temple‘s new film, The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson, a truly amazing film about the legendary Doctor Feelgood guitarist. Extraordinary. We arrived a bit early so I did some scribbling in the auditorium. There were a lot of men with not much hair so I decided to concentrate on drawing male pattern baldness. Why not, eh? I drew into my leather steampunk sketchbook with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size F.
I’ve had a rough few days with a stomach bug and not felt up to doing anything creative, not even some sketching, but today Husb and I treated ourselves to a visit to the cinema to see Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Loved it! I did a quick scribble before the main feature started. Looking along the row, the angle compressed the figures into a clump so I quickly drew them, concentrating on trying to get the proportions between the figures right. It was pretty dark, but that’s good practice. I drew into my A5 hardbacked sketchbook with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size F.
Husb and I went to the pictures this morning to see the new Russell Crowe film, The Water Diviner. It’s a very good film, quite sad, a one-and-a-half-hanky film. I can cope with that much crying, but anything more than a three hanky film is one I won’t watch again. I had a quick scribble before the film began, drawing 6 heads in about 3 minutes, about 30 seconds each. Working at this speed really hones my observational skills and also the very physical dexterity in my right hand. My fingers, hand, wrist and shoulder have to be able to keep up with the speed of my eyes and brain. Art is a very physical occupation, well, the sort of art I do is. I drew with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen into my A5 clothbound sketchbook.
For people outside the UK, the ‘pictures’ is the cinema or the movies.
Husb and I are just back from seeing the marvellous film ‘Set Fire To The Stars‘ at the Taliesin Arts Centre, followed by a Q&A session from one of the film’s leads, Celyn Jones. A great night out. I did some very speedy sketches in the bar before we went in. These were done in seconds. Literally seconds. When you’re drawing at that speed you are forced to focus on the essence of what you’re drawing, the absolute basic details to get an image.
After the film, during the Q&A session, I was able to spend more time drawing individual faces, up to about 10 minutes. That gave me time to get the basics down and then build up layers of detail. I used my full set of Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens in sepia, sizes S, F, M and B into my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook. The Q&A session was a fascinating insight into the making of a low budget independent film and Celyn Jones entertained us with stories from the set, which was almost all filmed in and around Swansea. The film also stars Elijah Wood playing John Brinnin to Celyn’s Dylan Thomas.
Husb and I went with Teenage Niece to see the film Effie Gray this evening at the Taliesin Arts Centre. Excellent film, I was gripped from the start and Dakota Fanning put in a marvellous performance. Managed to do a quick scribble of Teenage Niece afterwards. It had to be quick because she pulls faces all the time. And she’s too old to believe that one about your face freezing if the wind changes.
Husb and I went to see the new film based on Vera Brittain’s book, ‘Testament of Youth’ this morning. Deeply moving, I cried buckets but don’t let that put you off. It’s a beautiful film and well worth seeing. Just be sure to take hankies. We sat between 2 couples, one in their 20s and the other were seniors. I drew these, just a quick scribble. It was good to see the wide range of ages in the audience. I remember seeing the TV series at the end of the seventies which was very good but this was more intense.
Husb and I are off to the cinema now in a minute so I did a really quick sketch for my drawing blog tonight. I used my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 with the free Markers app. We’re going to see the James Brown film. The music should be fab!