Tag Archives: female nudes

Strong Face, Big Character

24 Nov

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I sometimes do some portrait practice at life drawing sessions and I had a go at Swansea Print Workshop last night. Our model, an older woman, has such a strong face and a big character which shows through in her expressions. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

A Late Quickie (Female Nude)

23 Nov

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Just back from life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. This evening’s model is an older woman who has been modelling for years. I never tire of drawing her. This is a quick warm-up sketch on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free Markers app. I blocked in a black background to start with then used a fine white pen function for the quick sketch.

Another Life Drawing (Female Nude)

12 Nov

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Here’s the second study I did at life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop in the week. I worked on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using a free app called Markers. I put in a black ground to start with and then worked on top with white and coloured pen functions. It’s a different approach to normal and it helped me to focus on different elements of the model, working more with highlights than my usual linear style.

Just Back (Female Nude)

9 Nov

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I’m just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, working this week with a super middle-aged female model who has great presence. I was reading a blog about the relationship between artists and models by fellow artist Michael Richards earlier today, where he explores the collaboration between the two. It’s a good read. I really appreciate what the models bring to the creative experience. I don’t always get inspired by a model or a particular session, the actual drawing practice is also important to me. But sometimes a model, or even a pose, triggers off something inspirational. This was a quick drawing onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free Markers app.

Life Drawing And Lemon Cake

19 Oct

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I drew with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with the free Markers app. The pose was for an hour and I built up the drawing gradually. I saved every few seconds and I’m going to edit all the saved drawings together to make an animation, Husb is going to teach me how to edit on Adobe Premiere Pro. I made a sponge cake filled with lemon buttercream for the tea break. With proper butter of course. And fresh lemons.

 

Animated Muses

18 Oct

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I posted last week about a digital animation I made of some of my life drawings of female models who inspire me, my muses. It appeared last week at the FiLiArt conference and exhibition in London. I didn’t want to put it up until it had premiered at FiLiArt, but that’s over now so here is the animation, working with seven terrific artists’ models.

 

 

 

It’s the first time I have exhibited something like this and I’m pleased with it. I have a love/hate relationship with digital drawing but this seems like a good way of using it. I use a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free Markers app.

 

My Muses In London

9 Oct

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I’ve just emailed a digital artwork that’s going into an exhibition in London this weekend. It’s an animated sequence of some of the female models I work with and it’s called “My Muses”. It’s made up of life drawings that I’ve done on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app. I’ve been hitting the ‘Save’ button frequently, every few seconds, to build up a record of the drawings as they progress. Husb transferred them onto a desktop and edited them together in Adobe Premiere Pro.

 

The animation is appearing at the FiLiA annual conference at The Institute of London near Russell Square this weekend. I am so lucky to be able to work with such exceptional women. Artists’ models are rarely given the recognition they deserve, it’s not an easy job, there’s more to it than just sitting still, they inspire us.

 

 

The women I work with are older, middle-aged, younger; large and small; black and white; a student, a teacher, a soldier, an artist, a stay-at-home-mother, a free spirit; employed and unemployed; from all walks of life. They have one thing in common – they are My Muses.

I won’t post the animation just yet as it’s getting its debut at the FiLiA conference, so I’ll post it next week.

 

The FiLiA conference is at the Institute of Education, Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL (nearest tube stations: Russell Square, Euston) on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October. Please follow the links below for more information.

https://filia.org.uk/welcome/ 

@FiLiArtivism

 

A lot of my artwork is available on my Artfinder gallery.  If you’d like to have a look, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

One From The Archives 6: Straight Ahead

14 Sep

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I like to work with a range of models and this middle aged woman is one of my favourites. She exudes confidence and is so comfortable in her own skin.

I draw from life weekly at Swansea Print Workshop, working with professional artists and models. This underpins my artistic practice and inspires me to develop the images into other genres – printmaking, mixed media, painting and intuitive drawing. Models do it for all sorts of reasons, but they all have one thing in common, they love art and engage with art by inspiring artists.

A big part of life drawing is simply the opportunity to practice technique. This can be the technique of drawing itself, where  the actual pose of the model is important. Things like foreshortening can be tricky, as can hands and feet. In fact, the expression “It costs an arm and a leg” comes from centuries ago when rich people commissioned artists to paint their portrait. There was a basic rate just for a head and shoulders portrait. An arm was extra. A leg cost even more. I talked about this in an earlier blog which you can see here.

Then there are the techniques to do with rendering surfaces and textures like skin fabric and flat areas. These will change according to what medium you are using.  Here I was using Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens and ink washes onto mounting (matte) board highlighted with white conte crayon.

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Because I like to draw the  room as well as the model I get plenty of scope to practice these techniques.  In this detail, you can see how the washes allow me to render the fabric and the skin in a very free way. The pen work lets me give the figure a sense of weight, using thicker lines and also to convey distance by sketching in background objects more faintly.

If you want to find out more technical details about the drawing materials and papers I use please click here to go through to the technical section on my website. The drawing “Straight Ahead” is available for sale on Artfinder and if you’d like to find out more, please click on the link here to go directly to it or click on the link on the right hand side of this blog to see other works for sale.

 

Ancient Nudes

12 Mar

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Husb and I have just come back from a few days in London being culture vultures. Top on our agenda was The British Museum. I always get in a visit whenever I’m in London. It’s one of my all-time favourite places. I’m embarrassed that it’s full of plunder from our imperialist past but it is so awesome to have all these magnificent cultural treasures in one place. And it’s free – well, mostly. We managed to get tickets for the Ice Age Art exhibition. It is truly amazing.

I’m often asked why I work mainly with the nude. It’s because it’s a very old tradition in European art, starting with the Greeks about 2,500 years ago (and a millenium or so before that, in Mesopotamia). But as I’ve just found out, this tradition was well established in Europe way back in the Stone Age. These magnificent sculptures of the female nudes (above) go back 20,000 to 30,ooo years in European culture. They are very voluptuous and celebrate pregnant women or those who have had a number of children. The figure from France was very influential on Picasso who had a copy in his studio.

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By the late Stone Age, about 13,000 years ago, the style of representing the female nude had changed to a more streamlined and abstract form, much less voluptuous. These could almost be Modiglianis. I was glad to see other people sketching at the exhibition, as drawing the artefacts helped me to connect with those ancient artists; trying to understand how they worked gave me a depth of analysis that I wouldn’t have achieved by taking photographs.

In The Beginning… (life drawings – nudes)

22 Feb

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In the beginning there is the sketch. And it may be good. Or it may be rubbish. But even if it’s rubbish, it’s still useful because I can look at it critically and work out what’s wrong with it and that’s learning something. Here are three pages from my life drawing sketchbook. The middle one is being developed into a large mixed media piece and I’ll also work it up as a large monotype. The top one is OK, but I think the pose is a bit boring so I won’t develop it any further. The bottom one ….. well I lost the plot that night!

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