Tag Archives: digital drawing

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

boots

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.

Inspired By Käthe

3 May
WAA exhibit

My three-dimensional form made from cut and stitched Shiohara paper, with hand writing and Kathe Kollwitz stamps developed from an original screenprint.

 

In June, I will be running a two – day masterclass at the Glynn Vivian art gallery, linked to their excellent Kathe Kollwitz exhibition.  Exploring her life and political activism through her drawings and printmaking, I will be covering two techniques, drypoint and woodcut, drawing inspiration directly from her magnificent work and using the exhibition as a catalyst to create small editions over the weekend.

 

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A digital drawing I did based on Kathe’s woodcut, The Widow.

 

I love Käthe’s work, I have admired her for decades, I’m so chuffed that she has her own exhibition in my local gallery.

Please click here if you want tickets for this masterclass.

Ripped From The Darkness

20 Apr

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Our local art gallery, The Glynn Vivian, is showing a fabulous exhibition of drawings and prints by the formidable German artist Käthe Kollwitz. I have admired her work and life for so many years, I’m beside myself to see this exhibition so close to home. I like to study artists I admire and copy from the great mistresses and masters. This is a digital study I made today from her woodcut “The Widow” from the early 1920s. She is very sparing with the cutting tool, there are surprisingly few cuts which I think increases its impact, the sense that the image has been ripped from the surrounding darkness.  I didn’t finish it, there’s another hand in the original. I can never resist a good book and I bought the exhibition book as a birthday present to myself, it’s “Portrait Of The Artist: Käthe Kollwitz” by Frances Carey and Max Egremont, published by The British Museum and IKON.

I drew this with a, now ancient, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free app called Markers. I laid a black ground down and drew with white lines.

And A Little Bit More Colouring In

9 Feb

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I’m having fun colouring in my sketchbook drawings. I’ve been scanning them into my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and using an app called Markers to colour them in. It’s like being a kid again, I used to love colouring. This is Sparta Puss, she’s used to taking over whatever piece of furniture takes her fancy. This was my chair. It isn’t any more.

 

 

More Colouring In

7 Feb

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I had fun yesterday digitally colouring in a line drawing, so I did another today. It’s an old drawing of our little Ming The Merciless who died last month, aged nearly 18. She always liked to sleep on top of the biggest pile of cushions and I used to stack them on top of a large pouffé next to the radiator. Maybe she was just a little bit spoiled. Just a little bit. I downloaded the drawing into a free Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet to colour it in. There are more sophisticated drawing apps, but I’m too miserly to pay for them.

Colouring In

6 Feb

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I draw into my sketchbook almost daily but rarely do anything with the drawings, I don’t know why, it just doesn’t occur to me. So this evening I uploaded yesterday’s sketch into the free Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and did some colouring in. It’s not great art but it was nice and relaxing.

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