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Having Fun

6 Aug


Only last week I was complaining about how I’d hit a creative block and how miserable I was with making art. Over the last few days I’ve been having loads of fun, doing digital drawings of people with their heads thrown back. It isn’t a flattering pose but it’s great practise drawing pretty extreme foreshortening and I’m enjoying it immensely. Here’s a spectacular ginger! All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, eh? I’m using my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.


In My Comfort Zone

4 Aug


I’m hooked now on these foreshortened views of people with their heads thrown back Husb and I went to the new art shows throughout the city today and I asked people if they’d pose for a photo with their heads thrown back and I got seven victims – er I mean volunteers! It’s been fun drawing this beard, loads and loads of scribbles, totally in my comfort zone 😀

There’s so much arty stuff happening in Swansea this month, Joy Revision at Galerie Simpson, Meridian at Volcano, Everything Now at 211, High Street, The BEEP Painting Biennale at Dynefor, and loads more.

Another Nose Job!

2 Aug


Yesterday, I did a bit of drawing practise of a head thrown back with some severe foreshortening. It was so much fun that I did another today. My poor long-suffering family are posing for me. I have a lot of family. There may be a lot of these nose jobs…..


Putting The Work In….

1 Aug


Putting The Work In…. So the past few days I’ve been slapping an underpainting onto a canvas but now the serious stuff has to start, I need to get stuck into the details. I want to have the head thrown back from the torso so I took a few photos of long-suffering Husb (I guess he must be my Muse) and drew this one into my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free Markers app. I blocked in the background in a beige-y colour and then worked up the drawing with white and a couple of brown shades, finishing with orange on the eyebrows. I used the stylus and my finger, the stylus gives a more defined line. Husb is very tall and I am short so I am used to seeing him from this angle. I love a nice bit of foreshortening.

Here’s how far I’ve gone with the underpainting ….

I’ll get the head painted on in more detail next ….

A New Model! A New Muse!

12 Nov

Drawing in Conte Crayon: African Model.


I’m a gingery Celt living in a predominately gingery Celtic part of the country so it’s an absolute joy to have a new model from Africa working with our life drawing group.  Swansea has had a fair bit of immigration in the past, as it was a thriving port and is a thousand years old, but most dark-skinned immigrants, like my own grandfather, came here some generations ago and married local gingery Celts,  so the gene pool tends to be rather pale and freckly and more recent immigrants are mostly Asian. It’s the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to draw African skin from life and, yeah I know it’s stating the obvious, but it’s very different so a new approach was called for.

I have a set of conte crayons which includes a range of rich browns, that I rarely use. Absolutely perfect for our model! I prepared some pages in a ‘Seawhites of Brighton’ A4 Fabriano bound sketchbook by Prittsticking some handmade paper randomly into it. I like to work across different colours and textures. The model posed for a full hour and at first I focussed on getting the line of the face and head correct, very different to the Caucasian and Asian models I’ve previously worked with so took a lot of concentration. Then onto the colour and texture of her skin and hair, which gave me an opportunity to indulge in some free mark-making. I enjoyed it, our group enjoyed it, our model enjoyed it so here’s to a long and happy partnership with our new muse.

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