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Rock Of Ages

24 May


Rock 3

Husb and I were unexpectedly offered free tickets to the musical show “Rock of Ages” at our local Victorian Grand Theatre last week. I thought it was about Queen, the band, so I was a bit surprised by it.

Rock 2

It was good fun though and the cast were great singers and dancers. The energy they gave off was phenomenal and they deserved the standing ovation they got.

Rock 1

Of course I had a scribble. I drew completely in the dark, doing continuous line drawings with a ballpoint pen into my A6 hardbound sketchbook. It’s good practice and I liked the drawings when I opened up my book later at home. You can’t get too precious about things when you can’t see what you’re doing.




Some Days You Can’t

4 Apr

brunswick heads

I try to blog every day but now and again, not often, I’m just too shattered to do a drawing and write up a blog. Yesterday was one of those days. I’m a bit gutted because I haven’t had a day off blogging since the middle of December, but last night I just couldn’t get it together at all. I had a couple of spare drawings as well, but I just had to crawl off to bed, too tired to think. Maybe it’s the clocks going forward!

Never mind, back on form today. Husb and I went to see a new show of painting at The Artswing at Swansea’s Grand Theatre and then nipped to our excellent local pub, The Brunswick, for a swift apple juice and a scribble. Pubs and cafes are great places for sketching faces, these three are very distinctive. I used a dark grey graphite stick into my A5 hardbacked sketchbook.

Pomp And Sandi

29 Oct

29 SandiHusb and I just got back from our local theatre. We went to see Sandi Toksvig who is one of the funniest people I’ve ever heard. She had the entire theatre in hysterics for way over 2 hours and I ended up sore from laughing so much. Brilliant. I love her. The Grand Theatre is a wonderful Victorian pile, full of pomp and stucco, fat cherubs and naked angels floating in clouds of gold leaf and crystal chandeliers. The place was packed to the rafters to see Sandi and it was great to soak in the atmosphere in such a beautiful space.

I did a quick scribble where we sat in the Grand Circle (which isn’t any grander in my opinion than the other circle) taking in a few of the audience and a bit of the stucco work in the background. I used Faber Castrell Pitt pens sizes S, F, M and B into my clothbound A5 sketchbook, prepared with ripped brown packing paper stuck in with Pritt stick. It’s got to be Pritt, I haven’t found anything else as good.

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