Tag Archives: drawing hands

Like Marmite ….

25 Jul

These reclining poses are like Marmite in our Thursday night life drawing sessions at Swansea Print Workshop. People love ’em or hate ’em. Personally I can’t get enough of ’em, I love the foreshortening, I’m a glutton for punishment. I used Daler Rowney artist’s soft pastels for this 30 minute drawing, onto a heavy vintage paper.

This one below is a 10 minute pose, drawn with conte crayon. I’m not happy with it, it’s out of proportion and it shouldn’t be – I had enough time to check it but it still went wrong. Oh well, it happens.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Solidity

23 Jul

Here’s one of the thirty minute poses from Thursday evening’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. I worked with black conte crayon, which is a fairly hard, oily pastel, onto some vintage paper, about A2 size. The model was standing very solidly, almost sculptural, and I wanted to capture that.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Just Back …..

22 Jul

Just back from Swansea Print Workshop life drawing group and these are the first two poses of the evening, both 5 minutes to get us into the swing of it. I blurred some of the drawing because Facebook has been getting a bit twitchy lately and I don’t want to get a ban! It’s annoying …. they need to grow up!

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Keeping Inside The Edges

21 Jul

Here’s the final pose I drew at life drawing last week, it’s the full one-hour after the break. I tried very hard to keep the figure within the edges of the paper, I often go over the edge but I was disciplined with this one. I used sanguine conte crayon onto vintage paper.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

The Hands!!!

19 Jul

This is the 30 minute pose from last week’s life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. Because of Covid19 restrictions, we have designated spaces in the drawing studio so we stick to one spot, no moving around to get different vantage points. I was stationed to one side of our model but I didn’t mind though as these side views can be quite dynamic. I got a bit preoccupied with his hands and ended up with them being different sizes, but I like them that way. I used a sanguine conte crayons and vintage paper.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Ooof! Hard Hands!

18 Nov

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Almost at the end of the life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop and I spent the last few minutes drawing the model’s hand. There was some quite severe foreshortening and it was hard. Very hard. OOOOOFFFF!!!! No matter how many times I measured up, they still look weird.

I drew with a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free Markers app. I worked onto a black ground that I put in first.

Aaarrgghhh! Hands!

1 Nov

 

Life drawing tonight – really lovely pose except for the hands! I tried to draw them twice and they ended up looking like one good hand with a couple of sausages attached. Floppy sausages. With nails. aaaaarrrggghhhh! So frustrating. The other pose was nice too – some severe foreshortening – love it.

I used a dip pen with Indian ink and an ink wash with sable brush into an A3 cartridge sketchbook.

Flappy Hands!

26 Apr

I carried on with the drawing I started yesterday. I left the hands to the last because they’re HARD! So I spent most of this afternoon twisting my left hand awkwardly in a mirror and trying to draw it with my right. I finally got one I’m reasonably happy with so I’m now ready to transfer it to the drawing. When it comes to hands and feet, there’s no substitute in my opinion for practice and academic study. You just got to grit your teeth and get on with it. And no matter how many years practice you put in, you’ll still get it wrong. I’m absolutely certain that all the greats, Leonardo, Michaelangelo and the rest of the Renaissance painters have loads of ‘wrong’ hands flapping about underneath the final versions 🙂

Drawn in HB pencil into an ‘Artbox’ recycled leather bound A6 sketchbook.

Scribbler’s Block!! Where’s my creative juices gone?

15 Nov

Sketchbook studies: Hands in Action.

 

It happens to us all – Scribbler’s Block, Writer’s Block, do musicians get blockages? I’m sure they do. What do you do when you’re struggling away in the studio and the creative juices have dried up? You’ve already got three or four pieces of work on the go and everything you try to do to them looks rubbish. I have a nice cup of tea to start with [of course I would. I’m British lol] then I reach for one of my technical books and do some practice.

I’ve had a rough couple of days with no enthusiasm for the pieces I’m working on so I’ve been practicing drawing dynamic hands from a book by Burne Hogarth. They’re quite cheesy and very comic book, but I find them good for practice because they’re very exaggerated so you can see how stuff works. I have another of his books that deals with the dynamic figure too. The top drawing is in conte crayon and the bottom in biro, scribbled into a cheap A4 Belvedere spiral bound sketchbook. They’re only practice so I use cheap paper, but that sometimes frees me up and the practice pieces are often more fun to do and that sometimes helps to release the creative blockage. Hopefully I’ll be unblocked tomorrow.

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