Tag Archives: RSI

Back And Raring To Go!

24 Sep

I’ve had five whole days away from the computer. The RSI problem came back with a vengeance and coupled with a nasty lurgi, I decided to take a bit of a break from t’Internet. I’ve still been busy in the studio though, developing some plans for a series of larger scale subtractive drawings. I stretched some sheets of Fabriano Accademica onto the studio wall and gave them two coats of acrylic gesso. I rubbed in compressed charcoal over the surface of two of the sheets and coated the third with graphite, smoothing it over with a rag dipped in turpentine. Then I transferred one of my life drawings to a smaller bit of charcoal-coated card to do a practice piece before committing myself to the larger paper. I like this technique very much; the resulting drawing is rather like a mezzotint.

This shows the stretched paper coated with compressed charcoal either side of the piece I covered with graphite, before it had been smoothed over with turpentine.

Rain, Reflections And RSI

14 Jul

I was ‘babysitting’ our ‘Commensalis‘ exhibition in Bath on Thursday, sitting opposite one of the old chapel windows and looking at my reflection against the torrential rain outside. During the quieter moments I sketched what I could see. It wasn’t easy because the layers that you see in a reflection are all squashed together. Does that make any sense? It isn’t the same as looking out across the real view. The depth of field is different, so I had to come up with lots of different marks to differentiate between the different layers of what I could see and to try and make sense of the drawing. One of the nice things about being an artist is that you stop and look for much longer than most people and the more you look, the more you see. I like the way the reflections merge into each other and some bits disappear and give way to others. This is drawn with a Pilot V5 hi-tecpoint 0.5 pen into my recycled A6 leatherbound sketchbook.

I haven’t had much time on the computer because of the exhibition and my RSI has improved a lot, but it’s still there, niggling away so I’m going to have to be a bit careful for a while. I’d rather do less on Twitter and Facebook than do less drawing and art.

The exhibition runs until 4pm on Sunday and there’s storytelling from Amanda Rackstraw during the afternoon.  If you’re in the area, please do call in 🙂

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