Tag Archives: male nude

Male Model And Paper Mills

20 Sep

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Here’s a completed piece in charcoal I did at last Thursday’s life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. It was the first session since lockdown began in March and it was so good to be back. Because of the current restrictions, we were only able to have 5 drawers plus the model and it was fully booked straight away. I managed to get a place at the last minute after someone pulled out. It’s so much better than drawing from the televised and Zoom sessions that have been available. They’re ok, but there’s something missing. Our model has grown an enormous lockdown beard since we last saw him so drawing that as well as a mask was new!

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It also gave me a chance to use some lovely vintage paper from the W. H. Saunders mill, which no longer exists. It’s a shame that so many paper mills have been lost in the UK, there used to be loads but now there are just a few left in the English county of Somerset. St. Cuthbert’s Mill, dating from the 1700s, makes a lot of the traditional papers we use at Swansea Print Workshop and there’s another, more recent one, the Two Rivers Mill, that I’m keen to try out. And there’s a small mill at Wookey Hole, which has been operating since at least 1610, and currently uses Victorian machinery. I think I’ll have to do a road trip to Somerset and trek around the paper mills. That’s my idea of a good time. I’m such a geek.

 

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.

In this one, I combined the image of the bird with snippets of text of things my Nana used to say. She used to take me to Swansea Museum a lot when I was small and I could hear her voice in the back of my head as I was sitting and drawing the birds and bugs.

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

 

Masked Life Drawing

17 Sep

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop – first time I’ve been in ages, even before lockdown I hadn’t been in a while. I’m really tired so more tomorrow. Na night, nos da 🙂

 

 

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

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