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Eyes Full Of Life

7 Jul
eyes full of life

Sketchbook drawing of an older woman

I’m really enjoying the 10 minute head sketches from photos I’ve been doing recently. As well as helping me to practice accurate speed sketching, my chosen subject, elderly women, is fascinating. I look forward each evening to exploring the heads I find on Google, they are so full of character and experience. This elder woman has extraordinary eyes, so full of life. She is beautiful.

I drew her with graphite, white and black conté crayon into my hardbacked A4 sketchbook that I prepared with ripped brown parcel paper, stuck in with Pritt stick. I always use Pritt because it doesn’t buckle the paper and it stays stuck. Cheaper versions don’t. The brown paper gives me a mid-tone ground over which I apply highlights and lowlights which is quite dramatic. It also gives a good texture when I rub my conté over it.

Use It Or Lose It!

10 Nov

10 who

Yesterday, Husb and I joined family members and assorted Whovians on the Doctor Who Locations walk’n’talk, organised by the Swansea Library Service. It was a part of an excellent programme of free events coming up this month. I sketched one of the Who companions outside the Kardomah Cafe in Portland Street, that has a number of links to the programme as well as to Dylan Thomas and his contemporaries. It was a most excellent tour around the city, but a shame there were not more people there to enjoy an event that our local council has put on for free for its citizens. Come on people, use it or lose it!

I drew this with Faber Castell Pitt pens, sizes F and M into my Laura Ashley clothbound A5 sketchbook that I’d prepared with some ripped brown wrapping paper stuck in with a Pritt stick. It’s got to be Pritt – accept no substitute!


The Baleful Look

28 Oct

28 catfeet

What a day! One of those when everything that can go wrong, did. I was hoping to get cracking on some design work first thing but ended up making a start at 3pm! Never mind, I managed to get quite a bit done in the end. It’s pretty boring stuff done on a *gasp* lightbox! Cheating!!!!! So as penance I did a scribble of Spartapus on the footstool next to my legs, clad in skull leggings (very seasonal) and new special lightweight walking shoes, which are killing my feet, and stripey socks. She’s throwing me a baleful look. She often does that. But I still worship the floor her paws walk on. As I should, well-trained monkey that I am.

It’s drawn with Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens, sizes S, F, M and B in sepia into my cloth-bound A5 sketchbook prepared with some ripped wrapping paper stuck into it with a Pritt stick. Sorry about the blurry photo, my digital camera is playing up.


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