Tag Archives: Swansea Print Workshop

Mahoosive Manhole

27 Jul

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Some manholes are much bigger than others, big enough to get a man down a hole. Here’s one printed by The Plebeian Printmakers the other weekend at the Gwyl Troublemakers Festival. You can get an idea of it’s size by looking at my ridiculous Bagpuss slippers at the bottom.

 

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And coming soon to Cinema & Co…….

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Medieval Manhole

26 Jul

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Some manholes are not manholes at all. They’re too small to get a man down. While I was doing some public printmaking with The Plebeian Printmakers a couple of weekends ago, we saw all sorts of manhole covers, big and small and this lovely one was one of the smallest.

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We were puzzled by it because it has that number 8 on it and there was no keyhole so it didn’t give access to anything underground. My fellow Plebeian Printmakers, Lynne Bebb and Hannah Lawson found a similar one with the number 16 a bit further down Swansea’s High Street.

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They did some investigating later on and found that there are lots more in the area, seventeen in all, marking out a virtual tour of Medieval Swansea – you can find it here. 

 

 

 

 

And rushing up faster than I would like ….. because I have to get stuff ready for it …. ERK!!!!!! Please come if you can 😀

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Mediocre Manhole

25 Jul

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Manholes can be quite fancy but some are no-frills and this is one of them. But I like the typography. It’s done in metal. That’s the British Kite Mark on the bottom. I used a blue non-toxic water-based printing ink by Seawhites of Brighton, very economical.

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No time to rest ….. this is coming up in a few days …..

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Medium-sized Manhole

24 Jul

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I did some prints from street manhole covers along Swansea’s High Street as part of the Gwyl Troublemakers Festival a couple of weekends ago. I worked with some other printmakers from Swansea Print Workshop and we inked up all the way along the street. We wanted not only to take printmaking out into public, it’s often closeted away in specialist studios, but we also wanted people to stop and look at the lovely designs under their feet.

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These tell a history too, they come from different eras and have different purposes. They’re just as valid as the buildings, except people notice buildings more.

 

No time to rest ….. this is coming up in a few days …..

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Life Drawing (Female Nude )

20 Jul

Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. This is an older model who I really enjoy working with. I made a banana cake with a fudgy chocolate and peanut butter filling for the tea break.  I used my Samsung Galaxy Tablet Note 8 with the free Markers app for the drawing.  Now I’m tired and off to bed after a nice cup of chamomile tea. 

AfterLife

6 Jul

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That’s after life drawing, which finished about half an hour ago at Swansea Print Workshop and I’m squeezing in a quick blog before I go to bed. This is the warm up drawing I did, just a few minutes to get used to the pose and I used my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a free Markers app. This is an older model who is quite a character and has many interesting tattoos.

 

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

A Digital Head

2 Jul

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I’m making some headway (pardon the pun) with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet. I haven’t drawn with it for a couple of years but I restarted a couple of weeks ago in life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. I’m using a free app called Markers and I like the simplicity of it. However, when I open a new page I need to lay down a ground first and build up the drawing on top, otherwise it goes a bit funny and sort of reverses itself and has to be corrected in Adobe Photoshop. This portrait took about 20 minutes.

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An invitation to Yr Helfa

If you’re in Swansea on Friday, my exhibition is opening at Cinema & Co, with lashings of home-made cake and a short illustrated talk. You’re very welcome to join me.

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing from my recent sketch books on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

 

Life Drawing And Cake

1 Jul

This is a fairly quick drawing I did at life drawing session in Swansea Print Workshop on Thursday evening. I’m getting back into drawing with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using the free Markers app. There is some quite extreme foreshortening with that right foot.

 

I took along an apricot upside-down cake for the tea break. I like the way the apricots caramelised around the edges. I drizzled a little home-made elderflower cordial onto them before cooking the cake and it browned them nicely.

 

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

 

 

 

Fingertip Drawing

25 Jun

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Here’s the second digital drawing I did at the life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop earlier in the week. I was struggling with the stylus. It needs delicate handing and I’m out of practice, I haven’t used it for a couple of years, so I ditched the stylus and started using my fingertips, which was much more responsive.

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

A Digital Practice

24 Jun

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After a long break of, oh …. a couple of years or so, I picked up my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet, called up the Markers app (it’s free, that’s why I like it so much) and took it to life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop earlier this week. I was way out of practice and this first drawing is very clunky, the line appears fractionally behind the stylus and it’s a bit disconcerting until you get used to it. Anyway, I’m practising for a specific piece of work I’m planning for later in the Summer, my first seriously planned digital piece, and I need all the practice I can get.

 

For a limited period I am putting a new drawing of an ancient monument on my Artfinder gallery every day.  If you’d like to check them out, please click on the image below or the Artfinder link at the top right of this page.

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