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Talk Turned Geeky

17 Apr

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Husb and I had a teatime visit from friends today and, as one of them is a fellow printmaker, the talk turned geeky. She noticed a number of my blockprinted portrait heads on the wall and we chatted about materials and techniques. Instead of the traditional lino or wood, or even modern vinyl, I used signwriters PVC foam sheet called Foamex. Lots of signwriters around here use it and chuck away the offcuts so it’s easy to get hold of them for free and recycle it.

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It’s not easy to cut with conventional tools, it works better if you incise the surface. I used screwdrivers, chisels, ballpoint pen and a four-inch screw which I used to incise lines against a steel rule. Then I cut around the edge with a junior hacksaw and printed it up with black litho/relief oil-based ink onto Zercoll 145gsm paper using the Colombian Press at Swansea Print Workshop.

If you want to see more of these portrait heads, which I based on drawings I made during my first visit to Pakistan, please click here.

Many Layers Of Scribbles

15 Feb

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop, where I worked with a long-standing model, an older man who’s been modelling for us for many years. He’s a great model, so still and comfortable in his poses. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app. I laid down a black ground to draw onto and used a white pen function to build up the drawing in many layers of scribbling. I made chocolate truffles for our teabreak. I crumbled home-made chocolate sponge cake into a bowl of melted chocolate and double cream and rolled the mixture into balls, which I then rolled in broken-up chocolate flake. They went down well.

Cake And Life Drawing

1 Feb

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I haven’t been for a while as life has been getting in the way so I made a pineapple upside down cake for our tea break.

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I drew with my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app, working with white pens over a back background. The tablet’s getting on a bit now, it’s about 5 years old, almost obsolete but it’s still chugging along and it’s a useful tool for drawing and blogging. It’s late now so time for bed. Goodnight 🙂

Strong Face, Big Character

24 Nov

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I sometimes do some portrait practice at life drawing sessions and I had a go at Swansea Print Workshop last night. Our model, an older woman, has such a strong face and a big character which shows through in her expressions. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app.

A Late Quickie (Female Nude)

23 Nov

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Just back from life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. This evening’s model is an older woman who has been modelling for years. I never tire of drawing her. This is a quick warm-up sketch on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free Markers app. I blocked in a black background to start with then used a fine white pen function for the quick sketch.

Chuffed To Bits

22 Nov

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I just heard today that I have had 2 artworks accepted into the Swansea Open exhibition, running from December the 3rd to January the 6th. It’s returned after a gap of about 5 years, while the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery was closed and being refurbished, and it’s great to see it back. I’m chuffed to bits as Swansea is full of talented artists and the competition is stiff.

 

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I submitted two monotypes of the Mari Lwyd, based on drawings I did in my sketchbook at the end of last year. The Mari Lwyd is an ancient Welsh tradition, where groups of revellers wander the streets and pubs accompanied by a life size puppet constructed around a decorated horse’s skull. It may hark back to the worship of the Celtic horse goddess, Epona.

Ooof! Hard Hands!

18 Nov

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Almost at the end of the life drawing session at Swansea Print Workshop and I spent the last few minutes drawing the model’s hand. There was some quite severe foreshortening and it was hard. Very hard. OOOOOFFFF!!!! No matter how many times I measured up, they still look weird.

I drew with a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet using a free Markers app. I worked onto a black ground that I put in first.

Male Nude And Dundee Cake

17 Nov

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Here’s another drawing I did yesterday evening at life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop. I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet, which is getting a bit old now, using the free Markers app. I worked onto a black background, putting layers of faded colour with my finger and a large brush and then worked in the finer lines with the stylus and a smaller pen function. I made a Dundee cake that afternoon and took it along for the tea break. Proper old school. Most of it went and it was a big cake too. It was still a bit warm so it was squidgy and buttery. mmmmmmm 😀

Just Back

16 Nov

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Just back from life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop where I drew onto my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet with a free Markers app. I did a head study to start with, filling in the background with black and working on top of it with lighter colours.

And now to bed ……

Another Life Drawing (Female Nude)

12 Nov

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Here’s the second study I did at life drawing at Swansea Print Workshop in the week. I worked on my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 using a free app called Markers. I put in a black ground to start with and then worked on top with white and coloured pen functions. It’s a different approach to normal and it helped me to focus on different elements of the model, working more with highlights than my usual linear style.

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