The Scribbled Figure

I tried out a different approach to life drawing the other evening, at Swansea Print Workshop. I’m working into a large A2 size brown paper sketchbook with soft Rembrandt pastels. My drawings are usually quite representational but this time I loosened up and had a scribble. It made me look at the model in aContinue reading “The Scribbled Figure”

Stretched Out

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 puttingContinue reading “Stretched Out”

The Gloucester Hole

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 DalerContinue reading “The Gloucester Hole”

Lush Colours

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 RowneyContinue reading “Lush Colours”

Drawing On Rubbish

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 drewContinue reading “Drawing On Rubbish”

Like Marmite ….

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 vintageContinue reading “Like Marmite ….”

The Beautiful Quilt

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 ArtworksContinue reading “The Beautiful Quilt”

Framing The Model

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 intoContinue reading “Framing The Model”

Scribbling Iceland

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 goingContinue reading “Scribbling Iceland”

Land Of Ice And Fire

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 IContinue reading “Land Of Ice And Fire”