Tag Archives: drawing practice

The Janus Mask

25 Oct

Tonya 3

Here’s another life drawing from the session at Swansea Print Workshop the other evening, with a 30 minute pose drawn with black, white and sanguine conté crayon onto black paper. Our marvellous model wore two masks on the front and back of her head, like a Janus figure.

Chelsea buns

I did some baking today. We’re on hard lockdown again and I did a lot of baking first time round – it passes time and produces lovely things to eat. I made the dough with 3/4 strong white flour and 1/4 wholemeal. I turned it into a large loaf and 4 Chelsea Buns – one of our favourites for tea.

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

 

The Masked Model

23 Oct

Tonya 10 min

This is the 10 minute pose I did at last night’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. Our masked model is fabulous, such a great personality and that shows in her poses – mind you, all our models have loads of personality. Life models are the unsung heroes of the art world. I used black, white and sanguine conté crayon onto black paper, size A2.

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

 

Just Back From Life Drawing

22 Oct

Tonya 5 min 1

Just got back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, working with a fabulous model with a funky mask and great poses. This is a five minute one in conté crayon – white, sanguine and black – onto black paper. I’m off to bed now, after my nice cuppa. Nos da. Good night 😀

The Last Pose Step By Step

17 Oct

Chrissy 60 mins 5

Here’s the final pose I did at this week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. It was about 50 minutes long and I was able to get into quite a bit of detail. I started with some squiggles in white conté crayon onto black paper, to map out the basic figure. Then I put flesh on the bones, so to speak, with sanguine conté crayon, building up the midtones and highlights. Finally, I went in with a black conté to do some refined line work.

 

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

 

I Like A Recliner

13 Oct

fat dave B6

I love to draw a reclining pose at life drawing. It’s my favourite – I’m a glutton for awkward foreshortening. It’s a nice one for the model too, they can relax a bit after the series of short poses – this is a 60 minute pose.

I used three conté crayons in white, sanguine and black onto black paper. I’m enjoying working onto a very dark background, I think it makes the drawings ‘zing’.

 

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

Quick Ones

12 Oct

dave 5 mins

 

We always start the life drawing sessions at Swansea Print Workshop with some short warm-up poses, because of the speed they’re very free and force you to get down what is essential in the figure rather than focusing on detail. It’s also  chance to play around with mark making – scribbly lines and very rough hatching. The two poses above are 5 minutes and here’s a 10 minute pose below.

 

dave 10 mins

 

 

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

 

Building The Drawing

10 Oct

fat dave A5

Here’s one of the 30 minute drawings I did the other evening at Swansea Print Workshop. I photographed it as I went along, showing how it developed. I used black, white and sanguine conté crayons onto black paper.

Here are some close ups of sections of the drawing. We have some brilliant models to work with, it’s not an easy job.

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

 

Drawing All Evening, Time For Bed

8 Oct

fat dave detail a

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I worked at an easel so I was on my feet for nearly 3 hours and I’m shattered, so I’m going off to bed. This is a detail of a 30 minute pose with one of our lovely models.

A Bit Renaissance-y

4 Oct

tonya 60 mins b

Here’s the last of the life drawings I did at Swansea Print Workshop last week. It’s a 60 minute pose and I used black paper with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine. Our model wore a long scarf draped over her head and shoulders and combined with the materials, it’s all a bit Renaissance-y. Which I like.

tonya 60 mins aHere’s an earlier stage of the drawing.

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

In Praise Of Life Models

3 Oct

tonya 30 mins b

The life models who pose at Swansea Print Workshop are experienced, patient and also physically and mentally fit – you have to be in order to keep still for anything up to an hour. I’ve done it a few times myself and it’s really hard going. Our model this week held this pose on her knees for a full thirty minutes. She’s terrific. I used willow charcoal onto vintage paper – it’s not watermarked so I don’t know the maker. It’s very smooth and the charcoal smudged and skidded across the top of the paper rather than being held by a textured surface. It took a bit of getting used to but I worked with the smudginess in the end. I love the foreshortening on this pose, the large looming feet.

 

 

 

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.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

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

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