Tag Archives: life drawing

Prepping Paper

21 Oct

walnut 2

I’ve got some large rolls of Fabriano Accademica paper hanging around so I thought I’d stretch some of it on the wall, seal it with acrylic gesso and then colour it with some of my home-made walnut ink. And why not?

I’ll cut it up and use it for life drawing. I’ve been taking black paper to the life drawing group and I’m liking the results of working onto a dark background. The walnut ink isn’t just dark, it will also provide a load of texture to work on top of.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

The Last Pose Step By Step

17 Oct

Chrissy 60 mins 5

Here’s the final pose I did at this week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. It was about 50 minutes long and I was able to get into quite a bit of detail. I started with some squiggles in white conté crayon onto black paper, to map out the basic figure. Then I put flesh on the bones, so to speak, with sanguine conté crayon, building up the midtones and highlights. Finally, I went in with a black conté to do some refined line work.

 

 

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

Two Shorts And A Medium

16 Oct

Chrissy 20 mins

Some more drawings from last night’s life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. Above is a 20 minute pose, I like it very much, it’s a bit Renaissanc-ey. Below, two start-up poses, five minutes each. These quick ones train your eye to analyse and draw the essentials, not the detail. Good practice. Drawn onto black paper with conté crayons in white, sanguine and black.

Chrissy 5 mins

 

 

Just Back From Life Drawing

15 Oct

Chrissy 10 mins

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop this evening, working with a terrific model, a strong woman with confidence and attitude. Here’s a 10 minute and a 30 minute pose using conté crayons onto black paper. Really tired now though – 3 hours after a day working. Nos da. Good night.

I Like A Recliner

13 Oct

fat dave B6

I love to draw a reclining pose at life drawing. It’s my favourite – I’m a glutton for awkward foreshortening. It’s a nice one for the model too, they can relax a bit after the series of short poses – this is a 60 minute pose.

I used three conté crayons in white, sanguine and black onto black paper. I’m enjoying working onto a very dark background, I think it makes the drawings ‘zing’.

 

 

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Quick Ones

12 Oct

dave 5 mins

 

We always start the life drawing sessions at Swansea Print Workshop with some short warm-up poses, because of the speed they’re very free and force you to get down what is essential in the figure rather than focusing on detail. It’s also  chance to play around with mark making – scribbly lines and very rough hatching. The two poses above are 5 minutes and here’s a 10 minute pose below.

 

dave 10 mins

 

 

 

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

Building The Drawing

10 Oct

fat dave A5

Here’s one of the 30 minute drawings I did the other evening at Swansea Print Workshop. I photographed it as I went along, showing how it developed. I used black, white and sanguine conté crayons onto black paper.

Here are some close ups of sections of the drawing. We have some brilliant models to work with, it’s not an easy job.

 

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

 

Drawing All Evening, Time For Bed

8 Oct

fat dave detail a

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I worked at an easel so I was on my feet for nearly 3 hours and I’m shattered, so I’m going off to bed. This is a detail of a 30 minute pose with one of our lovely models.

A Bit Renaissance-y

4 Oct

tonya 60 mins b

Here’s the last of the life drawings I did at Swansea Print Workshop last week. It’s a 60 minute pose and I used black paper with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine. Our model wore a long scarf draped over her head and shoulders and combined with the materials, it’s all a bit Renaissance-y. Which I like.

tonya 60 mins aHere’s an earlier stage of the drawing.

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

In Praise Of Life Models

3 Oct

tonya 30 mins b

The life models who pose at Swansea Print Workshop are experienced, patient and also physically and mentally fit – you have to be in order to keep still for anything up to an hour. I’ve done it a few times myself and it’s really hard going. Our model this week held this pose on her knees for a full thirty minutes. She’s terrific. I used willow charcoal onto vintage paper – it’s not watermarked so I don’t know the maker. It’s very smooth and the charcoal smudged and skidded across the top of the paper rather than being held by a textured surface. It took a bit of getting used to but I worked with the smudginess in the end. I love the foreshortening on this pose, the large looming feet.

 

 

 

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

In this one, I combined snippets of a bird and discarded plastic with the image of a bug, part of the Museum’s fascinating vintage collection.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

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