Tag Archives: Lake District

A Big Box Of Pencils

13 Jan

 

tracing 3

I did a bit more work on my next woodcut today, making a tracing from my original drawing to transfer the image onto the wood block. I used a thick charcoal pencil for the tracing because I have to turn the tracing paper over to reverse the image onto the wood. Once the reversed image was in place, I drew over the thick charcoal lines using a smaller 2H pencil which gave a fairly fine line. Finally I took the tracing paper off the MDF and went over the faint trace lines with a B pencil, which gives good definition without being too smudgy. I have a big box of pencils. It’s really nice.

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I bought the box at a very reasonable price from the Derwent Pencil Museum in Keswick in The Lake District. It’s a fabulous little gem of a museum, so informative and a great place for graphite geeks to hang out. Just outside Keswick is an old graphite mine, which is why the pencil industry took root there. And it has a factory shop, with cut-price pencils and boxes!

From left to right: tracing over the original drawing; the tracing reversed onto the block of MDF; going over the faint trace lines with a darker pencil.

Cold And Cloudy

17 Jan

birkrigg

Husb and I spent a few days in the Lake District with family last week. I didn’t do much drawing because I was spending quality time with my relatives, but we had a quick walk up on Birkrigg Common and I had a bit of a scribble en plein air. It was bitterly cold and the sky was dark with looming clouds except where a streak of sunlight stabbed its way through and reflected off the sea of Morecambe Bay in the distance. I drew into my A4 brown paper sketchbook from Seawhites of Brighton with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine.

Swallows And Amazons

30 Jan

swallows-and-amazons

Husb and I spent a few days visiting family in The Lake District last week. We travelled around quite a bit; I was hoping to do a lot of drawing but it was freezing! (I’ve been called a Southern Softie for wimping out). Here’s one of the gorgeous views I would have scribbled if I hadn’t been so cold. We stopped for a ‘comfort’ break at Coniston Water and the little island just right of centre is supposed to be one of the settings for Arthur Ransome’s book for children, Swallows and Amazons. I must check out the film.

 

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to buy one, you can see them by clicking on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

BBBRRRRR 2!!!!!

29 Jan

castlerigg-1

Husb and I spent a few days in The Lake District earlier this week and visited the stupendous Castlerigg stone circle near Keswick.

castlerigg-2

I did a quick scribble, just a few seconds as it was so cold, freezing! I used conté crayons in white, sanguine and black into my A4 spiral bound brown paper sketchbook.

castlerigg

 

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to buy one, you can see them by clicking on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

BBBBRRRRRRR!!!!!!

28 Jan

bbbrrrrr-1

Husb and I spent a few days in the Lake District this week. It was freezing cold! Temperature dropped to about -4° Celsius at night. We went walking on Birkrigg Common and I did a quick sketch. Very quick as my hands rapidly became too cold to draw. It forces you to focus on the bare essentials of what is before you, there’s no time for detail. I used white, sanguine and black conté crayon into my A4 spiral bound brown paper sketchbook from Seawhites of Brighton.

 

I am putting my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  If you want to buy one, you can see them by clicking on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

St Elvis

Cat And The Pencil Museum

3 Feb

03 cats an pencils

Still wrapped up in a blankie indoors getting more and more fed up, which probably means I’m on the mend. I’m fed up drawing the cats and fed up with my drawing pens so I had a scribble with Ming The Merciless into a larger A3 sketchbook and used some Derwent Academy watercolour pencils for the scribbling action. Now I’m not a big fan of pencils, or watercolours, but it’s a good exercise to break out of your comfort zone occasionally.

Derwent makes its pencils in the lovely Lake District town of Keswick and it is the home of the national pencil museum. Seriously, it’s a great place with the country’s longest pencil, some World War II RAF covert pencils and a factory shop. It’s brilliant. And so’s the Lake District.

 

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