Tag Archives: figure drawing

Digital Playing

24 Sep


I did this drawing some time ago and I want to do some digital work with it so I photographed and uploaded it to my Samsung tablet and started having a play, using a basic pen app to start colouring in. It’s weird working over an existing drawing, it somehow doesn’t feel like it’s my own.  I’m hoping to develop the original image into a simple animation, but for now I’m enjoying colouring in. This is an older model I’ve been working with for some years and I’m developing a digital piece about her for an exhibition in London next month.

Starting To Play……

13 Sep


I took digital photos of the large work I did with oil bars (Winsor & Newton) onto paper (Fabriano Accademica) last week and downloaded one into a free Markers app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet. I’m starting to find it quite useful to download artwork in this way, to have a play without having to get out loads of materials and risk spoiling the original. I started drawing with a fine white line, to see what would happen, with no planning and a figure has started to emerge. I wonder where this will take me?




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Gors Fawr, near Mynachlog-ddu in the Preseli mountains, a lush green bog fringed with glowing hills.

Plum Cake And A Nude

5 Nov

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I hadn’t drawn this model before, she’s new but I got the hang of her reasonably well. Sometimes it takes ages to get used to a new model, sometimes things just fall in place. The portrait and figure took about 50 minutes then I did the semi-abstract one in the last few minutes. I used charcoal and chalk into an A2 sketchbook made from brown paper. I love drawing onto brown paper, it’s great having a ready-made mid tone .

I made a plum upside-down cake for tea break. I had some hard plums that were not juicy or interesting so I put them into the bottom of a cake tin and mixed up a sponge to go on top. It went down well enough and the plums tasted much better cooked.

On The Hoof

14 Jan


Did some speedy sketching out and about. I put some basic lines down very quickly in pale grey graphite then worked over it when I got home with dark graphite in my A5 Tate Gallery sketchbook. It’s difficult to do much detail when you’re sketching on the hoof, so I find it useful to just block in the main shapes for development later, especially if there’s more than one figure.

Defending The NHS

6 Oct


I’ve been back and forth to the local hospital this past week or so; two relatives have needed emergency treatment and medical investigation. There are problems with the NHS and when things go wrong they should be exposed and put right, but on the whole, we’re so privileged to have it and I feel strongly that we have to defend it. My relatives have had excellent care and attention and it hasn’t cost a penny. They’ve had very expensive procedures and have been treated with kindness, dignity and expertise. The prognosis is good.

Here’s a drawing I did this morning in one of the outpatient waiting rooms. It’s drawn across two pages of my tiny spotty sketchbook, size A6, with a Faber Castell Pitt drawing pen, size S. Back to the hospital again tomorrow, I’ll try and do another sketch there. It’s interesting to draw a figure in an unfamiliar place.

Beer Bellies, Budgie Smugglers And Moobs

24 Jul


It’s a heatwave. The temperature is in the upper 20s which means that British men flock to the beaches and strip off as much as they can get away with and still stay legal. I’m working in my Daler Rowney A sketchbook with a Derwent sketching pencil size 4B.


So much male flesh on show, some men obviously take pride in roasting their beer bellies and moobs in the midday sun. And unfortunately, Budgie Smugglers didn’t go out in the 1970s.


17 May

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Here’s another study from Thursday night’s life drawing group. Our model was huddled in a cool hoodie dressing gown between poses and we all liked the pose she struck casually. Drawn in Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S and B with black and white conte crayon, onto heavyweight handmade paper prepared with gesso and ink wash.

Another Pal Scribbled!

3 Feb

Ink sketch: another friend drops by.

I’ve signed up to the 28 day drawing challenge on Facebook and I’m trying to draw a person each day instead of an inanimate object. I don’t want to repeat myself so I’m going to try not to do husb and myself more than once. However, in this age of social networking and given the freezing cold dark nights, it might be a bit difficult to see a new person to draw every day for a month, unless I start hanging about in cafes ; it’s way too cold outside at the moment. So any hapless friends who texts me to pop in for a cuppa and a blast off my heater while they’re trudging round in the freezing cold are going to be scribbled! HAH!


Shadow Of A Skeleton

8 Oct

Shadow of a skeleton.

The sun came streaming through my studio window yesterday and cast this shadow of Felicity the skeleton onto the door.  There’s a work in progress on the easel, a scaled up drawing from a life study in one of my sketchbooks. It’s in charcoal and pastels onto Somerset paper that has been previously coloured with a mixture of acrylic paint, acrylic medium and metallic powder. The model is a young soldier and I’m making a series of work based on him. Eventually I’ll also use this pose for a full-colour monotype. To the left of the easel are two more life drawings that will also be worked up into monotypes at some time.

Sometimes Less Is More

7 Oct

Pastel drawing: female figure.


One of the hardest things in creating a work of art is knowing when to stop. It’s too easy to keep on going and overwork something which then loses its spontaneity and liveliness. I find it useful to do formal drawing exercises to try and overcome this; things like speed sketching, drawing with a twig and ink [really frustrating], drawing with your ‘other’ hand.

This drawing was done in seconds using a square section chalky pastel into a hardbound A4 sketchbook. I used the pastel on it’s side rather than the sharp point so that I wouldn’t be able to get any fine detail, which freed me up to concentrate on getting a flowing motion across the paper and blocking in the main areas and proportions. It’s very free and simple but I think it is also very clearly a female figure. Whenever I find myself struggling with a major piece of artwork and fretting about whether it needs more detail, I do a few simple exercises like this one and it sorts of reboots me and helps me look at my work with fresh eyes.

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