Tag Archives: soft pastels

Stretched Out

28 Aug

Here’s the second 30-minute pose from this week’s life drawing. I prefer to draw reclining poses from the head or feet, to practice foreshortening, but this is the place I was standing so I had to make do with this stretched out pose. I wasn’t too keen to begin with but once I started putting in the colour (with Daler Rowney soft pastels) the whole thing clicked for me and I enjoyed doing it.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

The Gloucester Hole

22 Aug

I sat on the bank of the River Wye today, in Wales, looking across at England. The river forms the border in the town of Chepstow and Husb and I did a day trip and ended up there. I had a bit of a scribble en plein air on my Khadi paper sketchpad with Daler Rowney Artists’ Soft Pastels. It’s an impressionistic drawing, because the pastels are big and chunky and the paper has a very rough surface. That small dark patch on the limestone cliffs opposite is a cave called the Gloucester Hole. The river is very brown and muddy just here but it’s a gorgeous little town and river bank.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Lush Colours

2 Aug

Here’s the life drawing from last week’s session – a one hour pose. It took me a while to get into it – it’s late and after a day’s work so I’m usually really tired by then. But sometimes the tiredness frees me up a bit. I love the lush colours of my Daler Rowney Artist’s soft pastels. I’m using them on a fairly smooth paper, breaking the rules, because I like they way they spread into a rich swathe of colour when I rub them with my fingers. They almost become paint.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Drawing On Rubbish

28 Jul

I tried something different for the final, one hour, pose at life drawing last week. I had these four pieces of paper that had been coated with yellow printing ink. I’d fished them out of a bin and they’d been knocking around for ages. So I loosely taped them to my drawing board and drew our model right across them, with conte crayon and Daler Rowney soft pastels. I liked doing it, drawing over the separate pieces sort of distracted me and I didn’t obsess so much about it. The rough texture of the paint adds something as well. I also like recycling stuff, I never throw anything away. I’m always surprised at the amount of stuff that ends up thrown away as rubbish in the bin at the workshop.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Like Marmite ….

25 Jul

These reclining poses are like Marmite in our Thursday night life drawing sessions at Swansea Print Workshop. People love ’em or hate ’em. Personally I can’t get enough of ’em, I love the foreshortening, I’m a glutton for punishment. I used Daler Rowney artist’s soft pastels for this 30 minute drawing, onto a heavy vintage paper.

This one below is a 10 minute pose, drawn with conte crayon. I’m not happy with it, it’s out of proportion and it shouldn’t be – I had enough time to check it but it still went wrong. Oh well, it happens.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

The Beautiful Quilt

11 Jul

Here’s the one-hour final pose at Thursday’s life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I broke out the Daler Rowney Artist’s soft pastels and worked onto a heavy vintage paper. I had enough time to work up some of the details, especially in the model’s own beautiful quilt.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Framing The Model

4 Jul

Here’s the last life drawing I did at this week’s session, it’s a 50 minute pose and I used Daler Rowney Artist’s soft pastels onto a heavyweight vintage paper. It’s always a bit of a problem fitting the model onto the paper, so framing the subject is important. I decided to put our model into the background so I could fit him all in and emphasised the geometric shapes of the materials and cushions he was sitting on to fill up the rest of the paper.

The pastels are gorgeous. They’re nice to scribble with but they really shine with saturated pigment when I rub them with my fingers, releasing the oils and vibrant colours. Rubbing emphasises the rough texture of the beautiful paper as well.

A Chance To Own One Of My Artworks

I have some small screenprints for sale, inspired by my drawings of the taxidermy collection at Swansea Museum. I have given these antique artifacts a modern twist by combining them with images of rubbish – old fruit nets, bubble wrap and plastic – highlighting the problem of human pollution and how it affects wildlife.

To buy my work on the Swansea Print Workshop site please click the image to the left and to see the complete image.

20 percent of the cost of each screenprint sold goes to support Swansea Print Workshop, which receives no public funding.

Scribbling Iceland

23 Nov

volcano 1

I spent a few days in Iceland recently and although I took a sketchbook and some pastels with me, it was too cold to draw. Even just 30 seconds or so without my gloves and my fingers stopped working. So now I’m back home and back in the swing of all the arty shenanigans going on in Swansea at the moment, I’ve taken a look at the photos I took and I’m catching up with some drawing.

 

I took this Daler Rowney Ebony sketchbook with me and also a set of Daler Rowney artist quality soft pastels. The black paper lends itself to the climate and volcanic landscape of a wintry Iceland and is a good starting point. I used the pastels mainly in strong diagonal strokes, occasionally rubbing the surface with my fingers, again diagonally.

Land Of Ice And Fire

4 Nov

trolls small

Husb and I visited Iceland (the country, not the shop) three winters ago and we managed to get a really cheap package deal to go again in a couple of weeks. It’s a fabulous place for an artist, although hard to draw outside in winter temperatures. I tried out different preparations for the papers I took last time so I’ll be replicating those when I go again. You need robust, thick paper, like a heavyweight Khadi, or card – I used mount board (matte board). I laid down some colours onto my papers and cards with ink washes and acrylics last time and drew over them with oil bars and soft pastels. I’ll be doing that again. My usual M.O. of lightweight sketchbook and drawing pens just doesn’t stand up to the moisture in the air and the piercing cold.

We’re hoping to see the Aurora Borealis this time – they didn’t show up on our last visit and I’ve booked myself into a half-day introduction at the Icelandic Elf School.

A Visual Odyssey

19 Jun

 

I’ve edited all the sketchbook drawings from my Pakistan residency into a short film with Adobe Premiere Pro. I drew them consecutively as I journeyed through the country and I also recorded sounds as I went along on my phone, so I’ve added a soundtrack as well. Isn’t technology brilliant?

The drawings were made with Daler Rowney artists’ soft pastels into a Khadi handmade paper sketchbook, 6 inches square which I scanned into my PC. The sounds were recorded on a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini.

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