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Proper Old School

4 Apr

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I dropped by the studio of fellow artist Carys Evans today and we talked about how we work from drawings and preparatory sketches of models – proper old school. I don’t often paint but I have a go now and again and here’s one I made a start on a while back. The original drawing was done in my sketchbook at a life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop and I’ve finished transferring the image using a thin black oil wash onto a canvas sheet that I’d tinted with a sepia-ish colour. I suppose I’d better finish it then.

 

I have put 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. This one is the legendary grave of Saint Elfys (Elvis) in Pembrokeshire, not for from the Prescelli Mountains. Elfys? Prescelli? Elvis Presley? Coincidence? hhhmmmm

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Running Out Of Time

1 Apr

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I try to get along to life drawing sessions at Swansea Print Workshop as often as possible as drawing underpins everything I do artistically and I need to practice. This is a fab model, she’s excellent and I love to draw her. Unfortunately, even the most experienced models can get a dead leg and that’s what happened this week, so I wasn’t able to finish the drawing. But never mind, I like the unfinishedness of it. I drew with white, sanguine and black conté crayons, in that sequence, onto brown wrapping paper.

 

 

I have put 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.

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A Stiff Leg

30 Mar

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Just back from Swansea Print Workshop’s weekly life drawing, it’s late and I’m tired. Our model got tired too, her leg went stiff and painful after about 40 minutes so we spent the last 10 minutes doing a quick pose that didn’t hurt her leg. I like it. It’s drawn with white and sanguine conté crayon onto brown wrapping paper.

A Quick Nude

12 Jan

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I went for a half session after the tea break and did a quick 10 minute drawing to start with. I used white, sanguine and black conté crayons onto brown wrapping paper.

I started with some quick lines in white (left) then added sanguine (middle) and then black linework and more white and sanguine detail (right).

 

 

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

A New Model – Female Nude (Parental Guidance)

6 Nov

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I’ve been doing life drawing since I first started art college when I was eighteen and it’s been part of the curriculum of European art colleges for many years. The nude figure is a part of the European tradition and earliest examples are tens of thousands of years old, going back to the Paleolithic. It’s easy to forget that the study of the nude isn’t common in other cultures and I sometimes worry about putting my life drawings up here on my blog, but these are an integral part of my artistic practice and I feel it would be dishonest not to do so.

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Paintings, drawings and sculptures of the nude are in most public art galleries and sometimes in public spaces in the UK and across much of Europe and there’s no big deal about children viewing this art, but it’s not always the case in other parts of the world. So I’m not going to self-censor my blog but I will make it clear in the titles that I’m featuring a nude and suggest parental guidance. Then it’s up to people whether they view or not.

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Last week, I worked with a new model and it’s always a bit nerve-wracking to produce a credible drawing while at the same time analysing a brand new face and form. I drew onto brown parcel paper with black, sanguine and white conté crayon. Here’s a slideshow of the different stages of the drawing.

 

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I have a new piece of art in the Womens Arts Association exhibition, opening on Saturday 11th November. Please pop by and take a look if you’re in Cardiff 🙂

 

Powerful Woman (Female Nude)

8 Jul

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Here’s the second drawing I did at Swansea Print Workshop’s life drawing group last night. It’s a thirty minute sketch in my large (A2 size) brown paper sketchbook using white soft pastel and black compressed charcoal. I haven’t been to life drawing for a while. I used to go regularly but my trips across the Welsh countryside to draw Neolithic stone monuments have gotten in the way since February so it was a rare treat to go along last night. Our model is an older woman; I like working with older models as their faces and bodies carry so much history. I enjoyed this pose because of the positioning of the hand in the foreground. Her hands are strong, she’s a powerful woman anyway.

 

I have spent the past few months travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, 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. We are following the legendary trail of the boar hunt, y Twrch Trwyth from the Mabinogion, recording the Bronze Age ancestral stones that those ancient hunters might have encountered.

All the work I’m doing will eventually be featured in a solo show in The Worker’s Gallery in the Rhondda Valley in September. If you want to know more, please click here.

If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

 

An Older Woman (Female Nude)

7 Jul

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, working with an older female model this week. I worked into a large, A2 size, sketchbook that’s made from brown paper and I used black compressed charcoal and a white Daler Rowney soft oil pastel. This sketch took about 12 minutes. It’s late now, I’m tired so off to bed. Goodnight / Nos Da 😀

Life Drawing Female Nude

22 May

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This is the other life drawing I did at Swansea Print Workshop last week, working with a middle aged female model. I am always influenced by the model and often draw each of them in different styles with different media. I am using a very free line with this model, drawing with conté crayons in black, white and sanguine into an A2 size brown paper sketchbook. I like drawing onto coloured paper, it breaks the tyranny of the white surface.

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If you would like to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

A Hand Study

21 May

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Here’s another sketch from this week’s life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop. I had about 10 minutes to kill towards the end so I did a study of the model’s hand – good practice. I drew into a large, A2, brown paper sketchbook with white, sanguine and black conte crayon and some compressed charcoal. I took digital photos as I went along so the development of the drawing can be seen in the slideshow below.

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I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of Neolithic and Bronze Age ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

Black, White And Sanguine

19 May

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop working with a super model, such an interesting body. I drew into a large, A2, brown paper sketchbook with white, sanguine and black conte crayon and some compressed charcoal. I quickly sketched in the rough outline of the figure in white and then drew into it with sanguine and then black, adding more layers of detail as I went along. It was also great to draw a contrapposto pose, quite challenging.

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I’m currently working on a series of expressive drawings of Neolithic and Bronze Age ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

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