Tag Archives: male nude

Variations On A Theme

11 May

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There’s often a temptation to keep doing something new, to keep chasing novelty, when you’re an artist. But really there’s nothing wrong with returning to the same subject or even the same drawing again and again to explore different ways of developing it.

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I started this series with a very small ink drawing (bottom), then did a much larger drawing in graphite and finally a mixed-media piece in acrylic, graphite and oil-bars.

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Life Drawing And Cherry Coconut Cake

26 Oct

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, where I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and a free Markers app to draw this evening’s model. I started differently, scribbling random colours over the background, picking out the figure roughly in larger blocks of light colours and finishing with a fine pen function. I made a cherry and coconut cake for tea break.

Ahead. A Head.

29 Sep

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Here’s the second drawing I did at last night’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet and drew with a basic free app called Markers. I uploaded a digital image of an abstract drawing I did a few weeks ago as the background and built up the face using different pen sizes in the drawing app. I like to draw this model’s head, he has very strong features that are easier to work with than younger, more ‘bland’ faces.

Now To Bed……

28 Sep

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop where I worked onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app. We were working with an older male model this week, and I wanted to do a quick, free sketch of him and take time to play with drawing his surroundings. I drew over a photo of a piece of paper I’d randomly scribbled over, I like working with a textured background. Now, to bed…….

Scribbling Over And Saving Money

27 Apr

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I can usually only manage to get there for the second half, 8.30 – 9.30 pm when we have one full-hour pose. I drew with white, sanguine and black conté crayons onto brown wrapping paper, it’s about A2 in size.

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I did a few quick warmup sketches first to get used to the subject, you can just about see them under the final drawing. I don’t mind drawing over things, it adds an extra layer of interest – and saves money!

 

I have put my series of drawings of ancient Welsh monuments on Artfinder.  Please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page if you’d like to see more of them. This one is Saint Elfys’ Stone in Pembrokeshire. That’s pronounced Elvis BTW 😀

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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

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Self Portrait With A Male Nude

5 Mar

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This is one of my artworks in the new exhibition in Swansea’s Cinema & Co, I drew it the other evening at life drawing in Swansea Print Workshop using conté crayons, black, white and sanguine, onto brown wrapping paper. The exhibition opens on Wednesday March 8th, International Women’s Day and continues throughout the month. Cinema & Co has organised a great programme of films and events for the month, which coincides with International Month of Women’s History and is showing the film Frida (Kahlo) immediately after the opening of the exhibition – click here to find out more and / or book tickets.

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The celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) has been around for over a hundred years. Its roots were in the campaign to win votes for women and it was ratified by the United Nations in 1977 as a day for women’s equality and world peace.

 

I am putting my series of drawings 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.

St Elvis

A Male Nude [1]

23 Jan

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The first of my life drawings last week at Swansea Print Workshop. I like working with this older male model, his face and body are interesting and he’s a very experienced model. This was a relatively quick sketch using white, sanguine and black conté crayons onto brown parcel wrapping paper.

 

 

 

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

Finishing The Drawing

12 Aug

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I showed the first three phases of a new life drawing in yesterday’s blog and now here are the final three stages. I worked with conté crayons in white, black and sanguine into my A2 size brown paper sketchbook.

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I love drawing onto brown paper. It reminds me of my childhood. There wasn’t any money to spare so my Mam used to cut up brown paper bags – that’s what you put groceries in before plastic bags – and I drew with bits of pinky white chalk she found on the edge of the Hafod tip behind our house.

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The hands were hard work but worth the effort I think. They are well to the fore and the head recedes into the background. The Op Art cushion is fun and livens up the composition.

 

I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams since February in all weathers with my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

Stages Of A Drawing

11 Aug

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, working with one of our regular models, an older man. I worked large, into an A2 sized brown paper sketchbook that I picked up really cheap a few years ago in New York City. Ooooh get me! I built the drawing up with chalk to start with and then made more committed lines with white conté crayon.

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Look. My friend brought me a set of conté crayons back from Cornellisens in London, white, sanguine and black.

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Then I started in with the black conté. I’ll put up the final stages of the drawing tomorrow. I’m off to bed now. Goodnight.

 

By the way, since February, I have been travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams; cold and stormy, hot and humid, up mountains, through slurry, mud and bog, in all weathers accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures.

I’ve done around 50 drawings now and these will be exhibited in my solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. Please click here to find out more about it.

And if you want to see some of my other artwork, please click on the image below.

Quoit

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