Tag Archives: foreshortening

The Birthday Girl

8 Aug

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This evening we celebrated the birthday of a young relative. It was lovely. She volunteered to pose for one of my ‘up-your-nose’ digital drawings. Times like this remind me that, once basic needs are covered, the most important things in life are family and friends. Not fancy schmancy houses or luxury cars, but the people you care for and who care for you. The other thing I realised this evening is how pink so many of my family are. All shades of pink. Like Barbie.

Husb made her a chocolate cake.

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To Stand And Stare…..

7 Aug

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I’m having fun doing digital drawings of people with their heads thrown back; today a sunny little one, another ginger, who was gazing at clouds. Ah, I remember doing that when I was little. It brings to mind the poem “Leisure” by Welsh poet W. H. Davies …..

 

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

 

 

Having Fun

6 Aug

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Only last week I was complaining about how I’d hit a creative block and how miserable I was with making art. Over the last few days I’ve been having loads of fun, doing digital drawings of people with their heads thrown back. It isn’t a flattering pose but it’s great practise drawing pretty extreme foreshortening and I’m enjoying it immensely. Here’s a spectacular ginger! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, eh? I’m using my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

 

In My Comfort Zone

4 Aug

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I’m hooked now on these foreshortened views of people with their heads thrown back Husb and I went to the new art shows throughout the city today and I asked people if they’d pose for a photo with their heads thrown back and I got seven victims – er I mean volunteers! It’s been fun drawing this beard, loads and loads of scribbles, totally in my comfort zone 😀

There’s so much arty stuff happening in Swansea this month, Joy Revision at Galerie Simpson, Meridian at Volcano, Everything Now at 211, High Street, The BEEP Painting Biennale at Dynefor, and loads more.

Another Nose Job!

2 Aug

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Yesterday, I did a bit of drawing practise of a head thrown back with some severe foreshortening. It was so much fun that I did another today. My poor long-suffering family are posing for me. I have a lot of family. There may be a lot of these nose jobs…..

 

Putting The Work In….

1 Aug

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Putting The Work In…. So the past few days I’ve been slapping an underpainting onto a canvas but now the serious stuff has to start, I need to get stuck into the details. I want to have the head thrown back from the torso so I took a few photos of long-suffering Husb (I guess he must be my Muse) and drew this one into my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free Markers app. I blocked in the background in a beige-y colour and then worked up the drawing with white and a couple of brown shades, finishing with orange on the eyebrows. I used the stylus and my finger, the stylus gives a more defined line. Husb is very tall and I am short so I am used to seeing him from this angle. I love a nice bit of foreshortening.

Here’s how far I’ve gone with the underpainting ….

I’ll get the head painted on in more detail next ….

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.

Fierce Foreshortening

8 Apr

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I try to get along to life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop as often as I can, usually manage every couple of weeks. This week I sat in a position that threw the model’s foot out at me, giving some fierce foreshortening. It’s really good practice; drawing underpins all the art I make, I need to keep my skills sharp so that I have the confidence to experiment and take risks when I want to.

I started out with white conté crayon onto brown wrapping paper, to block in some basic highlights, then added mid-tones with sanguine and finally the darkest tones and detailed line in black.

 

I have put my series of drawings en plein air of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to see more, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Presceli Mountains. Elfys? Presceli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

St Elvis

Head, Hands And Feet – Female Nude (Parental Guidance)

8 Nov

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I recently worked with a female model who is a body builder. I had worked with her some years ago before she started her stringent diet and exercise regime and it’s interesting to see how the shape of her body differed so much from before. She now has virtually no body fat.

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Before I started drawing in earnest, I did a small thumbnail sketch in the top corner in ink, to get familiar with the proportions and perspective.

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This pose gave me a good view of head, hands and feet and as it was an hour long, I was able to give them all a reasonable amount of attention. The hands were particularly difficult because of the foreshortening.

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I drew onto brown wrapping paper using white, sanguine and black conté crayons. I took photos at different stages of the drawing process and you can see the drawing developing in the slide show.

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I have a new piece of art in the Womens Arts Association exhibition, opening on Saturday 11th November. Please pop by and take a look if you’re in Cardiff🙂

 

 

 

When Things Go Wonky

10 Jul

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Here’s the last of the drawings I did at last week’s life drawing session. It was an awkward pose to draw with some odd foreshortening and no matter how hard I tried to observe and draw, I couldn’t quite get it right. Never mind, it’s the practice that matters.

 

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I’m working on a series of drawings and prints that will eventually be featured in a solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. If you want to know more, please click here. And if you’d like to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

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