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Life Drawing Live

12 May

BBC life drawing

I checked into the live life drawing session on BBC4 this evening and did this 5 minute sketch. I couldn’t stay for the full programme, it’s family Zoom quiz night, but I’ll catch up with it later in the week and draw the rest of the models. There’s a lot of art happening on the TV during lockdown, it’s great. The model is copying the pose of Velazquez’ Rokeby Venus. I used a solid graphite block onto some vintage Fabriano paper.

Pandemic Portrait – Willow Charcoal

7 May

Bernard 3

 

So today I did a bit more work on the portrait I started yesterday, working from a photo. I developed the image with willow carcoal, putting in the shadows by squinting my eyes. I’m using willow charcoal at the moment because it’s easy to rub out mistakes. Once I’m happy that I’ve got the drawing the way I want it, I’ll fix it and then work over it in compressed charcoal. But that’s not for today…..

Pandemic Portrait – Making A Start

6 May

willow charcoal

I made a start on a portrait drawing today. I rarely work from photographs, I’d much rather draw from a live model, but we’re in pandemic lockdown so I’ll do this one from a photo. I’m using a lovely sheet of vintage British hand-made paper with a deckle edge made by W H Saunders mill, which no longer exists unfortunately. First of all I roughly sketched the head onto the paper with a 2B pencil, below, but it’s very faint so then I redrew it with willow charcoal (above).

pencil

I’m going to leave it til tomorrow so that I can come at it with fresh eyes and check the proportions, make sure everythngs in the right place.

Complementary

29 Apr

Pat Orange 2

I carried on painting today. I’m just doing a bit at a time because I tend to get very stressed over painting, which doesn’t happen when I draw or make original prints. So I’m just dashing over to it, slapping some acrylic paint on it, then dashing away to do something else. Today I put a wash of orange over the yellow towards the bottom of the canvas roll. It’s a complementary colour to the blue and I like using complementary colours – they create such intensity. I also started to block in some darker areas on the overalls, overlaying the cerulean with a red-biased pthalo blue. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylics, mostly transparent or translucent as I like layering glazes over each other. This is a portrait of the artist Patti McJones that I started 5 years ago, it’s a big piece, almost life size.

A Bit Less Slack

26 Apr

Pat 2

That’s two days running now that I’ve picked up paintbrushes and got to work on some canvas. I did some more work on the head of my subject and the flowers in the background. I am using Liquitex Heavy Body translucent / transparent acrylics, thinned with water to build up overlaid glazes. It’s been a bit more interesting today, I let myself go a bit and enjoyed making patterns in the paint and I feel a bit less slack. Not a patch on woodcutting though ;D

Very Slack

25 Apr

 

Pat 1

I generally don’t paint because it takes for ever. When is a painting ever finished? Printmaking is very much a process, it tends to be time limited so you complete an edition of prints and that’s it. That’s what I like about it. But whenever I start a painting, it just goes on and on. I started this one, a portrait of fellow artist Patti McJones about 5 years ago and finally got it out of the cupboard today to continue working on it. Maybe I’ll finish it over the next few days. I’m using Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paint onto an unstretched canvas roll. I started by drawing in compressed charcoal and then blocked in the main areas of colour. Then I left it. For half a decade. I guess I’ve been very slack!

Just Back

16 Nov

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop where I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app. I did a head study to start with, filling in the background with black and working on top of it with lighter colours.

And now to bed ……

A Different Way

8 Jul

I’ve started to use my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Tablet again for drawing,  with a free Markers app, and I’m approaching it in a different way,  being much more experimental than before. I haven’t drawn with it for a couple of years and I am being freer with it. I built up this portrait head in many layers, using mostly my fingers with some fine stylus work around the facial features. I think I am taking more risks with it because there’s no expense involved,  if it doesn’t work out I can delete it and start again. 

Face And Foxgloves

19 Jun

Social training 1

I went on a training day in recording social history and of course, I found a few minutes for scribbling. Things like courses and lectures are great because people are so absorbed that they tend to keep fairly still, which is a boon when you’re having a scribble.

foxgloves

I also went for a walk to the beautiful Penllegare Woods and took this photo of foxgloves under the trees. Lovely.

Slow Selfie

3 Mar

selfie

Here I am looming in the background of the life drawing I did last night at Swansea Print Workshop. It’s a slow selfie. I always look so cross when I’m drawing. Ho hum.

 

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.

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