Time flies. It’s been a month since I started my residency at elysium studios, part of the ‘Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr’ arts festival. And now my time is nearly up and I’ll be moving out this weekend. Aaaawwww 😦 But I’ll be moving across the road and starting a month-long residency, partContinue reading “Moving….”

The Finale: Sand And Monks

There was a final chapter to the extraordinary art experience ‘Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr’ last weekend. After three years of planning, around eighteen months of developing, and the best part of a year of delivering different aspects of the festival – the film of me and my model; the Graft garden; theContinue reading “The Finale: Sand And Monks”

Boys Dying Slowly

Some more sketches from the extraordinary performance, “Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr” at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall last weekend. A new requiem was commissioned by auteur Marc Rees, performed by the choir Polyphony, and in the red gloom of the hall, a group of young men, boys, the age of so many of thoseContinue reading “Boys Dying Slowly”

The Celtic Warrior

I took my sketchbook to the performance of ‘Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero’ at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall last weekend. I did a series of speed drawings of the balletic Celtic Warrior, Joe Perou. He moved with precision which helped me to focus on scribbling the basic details of his form.  

The Table And The Steps

Here are some more drawings I did from the performance of Now The Hero / Nawr Yr Arwr last weekend. It was a promenade piece and this section was set in the street outside the Brangwyn Hall. The irrepressible actress, Eddie Ladd, playing a female peace campaigner conducts the Cyd Adrodd (spoken choir) above onContinue reading “The Table And The Steps”

Drawing On The Beach

  Some drawings I did #enpleinair on the beach on Saturday, at the start of the final performance of “Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero”, easily the most incredible theatrical experience I have ever had. It was truly amazing, so many things going on, so much to take in. It started on the beachContinue reading “Drawing On The Beach”

A Good Night’s Sleep

And here’s my final drawing from last weekend’s special life drawing session at Swansea’s National Waterfront Museum. The models were working in pairs, which I found challenging because there isn’t enough time to work on both, especially in a quite short pose – this one’s 20 minutes. I used three conté crayons in white, sanguineContinue reading “A Good Night’s Sleep”

My Dogs Are Barking!

“My dogs are barking” is what old people said when I was a nipper when they meant that their feet were aching. It’s late, I’ve been out and only just got home and I’ve been on my feet and walking for most of the last four hours – so – my dogs are barking. AndContinue reading “My Dogs Are Barking!”

A Short One, A Long One (life drawings)

Some more life drawings from the session at the National Waterfron Museum last Sunday. The first is a five minute pose, getting in the basic elements that make it recognisable and then just enough time to start on something more complex, some shadows, highlights and slightly more complicated linework from the one- and two-minute posesContinue reading “A Short One, A Long One (life drawings)”

A Pair Of Posers

  After a few one and two-minute poses at the special life drawing   session at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea last weekend, we moved out of the chilly new ‘Graft’ garden and into the museum where the life models posed for five minutes in pairs. That was far harder to draw than a single person because, wellContinue reading “A Pair Of Posers”