Tag Archives: drawing

Lying Down On The Job

4 Sep

My favourite pose each week at life drawing seshes is the recliner. I like it best when I’m not head on to the model, but observing from the head or feet, because it exaggerates the foreshortening, which I love. This one is great, really enjoyed it. I used black conte crayon and Daler Rowney artist’s soft pastels onto vintage paper.

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

I’ve been painting ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.

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If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx



The Selfie Stance

3 Sep

Here are the first three short poses from last night’s life drawing sesh at Swansea Print Workshop, the two on the left are 5 minutes each and the one on the right, 10 minutes. I used conte crayons in black and sanguine onto a middleweight paper. I especially like the pose on the far left – our model did a contemporary ‘selfie’ stance, really funny.

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

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I’ve been painting ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.

If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx



Simple Heads No. 1

31 Aug

I get so precious about my art work sometimes to the point where I can hardly do anything so I’m trying to do a simple head a day for a while, see how I get on. Normally I work directly from life but I’m going to work from imagination on these, which is way out of my comfort zone, but that’s ok. I started this by drawing directly onto Khadi paper with a black soft pastel (Daler Rowney artists series) then I sprayed it with fixative so it wouldn’t get too messy. After that dried I had a bit of a play with gouache paint in cerulean blue, magenta, lemon yellow and white, trying to keep things as free as possible.

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.

Stretched Out

28 Aug

Here’s the second 30-minute pose from this week’s life drawing. I prefer to draw reclining poses from the head or feet, to practice foreshortening, but this is the place I was standing so I had to make do with this stretched out pose. I wasn’t too keen to begin with but once I started putting in the colour (with Daler Rowney soft pastels) the whole thing clicked for me and I enjoyed doing it.

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.

Hard On The Model

27 Aug

Here’s the first of the 30 minute poses from last night’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. I used sanguine conte crayon onto vintage paper size A2 – ish. It’s a good pose, really dynamic, but hard on the model, so much weight onto his right hand.

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

26 Aug

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop and it’s late. Here are the quick poses that we start with, to get us warmed up. Two 5 minutes poses and a 10 minute one. I used conte crayon in sanguine and black onto some vintage 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.

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

Walnut Two Ways

25 Aug

I used my home made walnut ink with two different tools at life drawing the other evening. I did the one above with a traditional dip pen, although I used a brush to do the hair and the swirly bits down the bottom. I find dip pens hard to use at first, I always press too hard and scratch the paper. I did the drawing below with a thickish round brush. Much easier to use than the dip pen and much freer as well.

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.

Doing It Differently

23 Aug

Here’s a 30 minute pose from life drawing session last week. I pushed myself to do something a bit different and blocked in the figure roughly with a square end brush and some of my home made walnut ink, thinned to a pale-ish wash. Than I worked into it while it was wet with a conte crayon in sanguine, and added some stripes on the cloth with a small round brush. It’s much less detailed than my usual style but I like it.

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 Three Quickies

20 Aug

Here are the three quick poses that we started with at life drawing last night, two x 5 minutes and one x 10 minutes. I used conte crayons in sanguine and black onto some A3 vintage paper. I haven’t worked with this model before and it takes me a while to get used to drawing someone new, so this first session was really about getting to know her face and body. It was a really good session, she’s a fab model.

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 Sore Coccyx

19 Aug

Spare a thought for life models. It’s really hard work holding a pose for ages. This evening, at Swansea Print Workshop, our poor model’s coccyx started hurting. You can tell by her face. Although to be honest it was great from my point of view because it was a fantastic expression to draw. I’m a bad person!

We let her go, honest. We’re not that cruel. Late now, time for bed.

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