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The Run And The Crowd

22 Sep


Husb ran the Swansea Bay 10k race yesterday and I sat on the promenade with my back to the runners, looking at the beach. It was a gorgeous day, we’re having a glorious Indian Summer and the sea was sparkling. I did some scribbles into my leatherbound Steampunk sketchbook, practicing drawing figures in a crowd.

beach 3

I usually work with solitary figures so it’s quite a challenge to get the proportions right when there’s so many of them. As I was drawing, I began to appreciate the effort and skill shown by artists who work with crowd scenes, like Seurat and his huge painting of La Grande Jatte. It’s not easy. I sat on the grass, concentrating hard and Husb ran the 10k in an hour. Result.

The Match!

6 Jul

06 the matchHusb and I went to a local pub to watch today’s rugby international, Australia vs The British and Irish Lions. It was a terrific atmosphere and we had lunch there too, pie and mash. They make their own pies so I indulged myself with a lamb and mint pie with shortcrust pastry and cheesy mash. mmmmmmmmm :). Top notch pub grub.

The rugby was excellent; we won by 41 points to 16. The commentary was in Italian but it didn’t matter. For readers outside rugby-playing countries, it’s a bit like American Football but without the protective clothing and probably more violent. Great stuff.

I spent a while scanning the pub to find the focal point for my drawing and settled on the elderly guy with the rather strange haircut. Once I sketched him, the rest fell into place. I used Faber Castell Pitt drawing pens in sepia, sizes S, F and M into my A5 clothbound sketchbook that I’d prepared with some ripped brown wrapping paper. I picked up on some highlights with a white conte crayon.

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