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Tap, Toes And A Designer Duck.

4 Jan

Graphite drawing: in the bath.

Had a tiring day, painting the new studio walls in the morning and this afternoon, my last session with my small design group at the local drugs treatment agency. I’ve been working with people with drug and alcohol problems for many years and lately have been helping some people in recovery to design posters for heroin addicts. It’s great and I really enjoy it but I was shattered by the end of the day.

Anyway, I jumped into a nice hot bath with mango and passionfruit bubble bath and did this drawing of the end of the bath. People often say to me that they’d like to keep a sketchbook but they don’t know what to draw. DRAW ANYTHING! AND EVERYTHING! Why does there have to be something special to draw? We have a Victorian house dating from 1867 and the original bath is still here. The taps are HUGE with ceramic plaques on the top with HOT and COLD written on them. The bath is enamelled cast iron with a rolltop and lovely curvy legs. The white [well, off-white lol] enamel has formed thick drips over the edge underneath each tap and it’s been fired like that. The duck was bought in a very posh designer duck shop in ‘The Lanes’ in Brighton. Seriously, an entire shop of rubber ducks. How posh is that? Oh and my chubby toes gatecrashed the drawing.

Graphite pencils B and 9B into my absolutely favourite sketchbook at the moment, an A6 recycled, leather bound one by Artbox.

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