Two Dereks

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Two quick ink sketches of Derek in his birthday suit.  On the left, I used a cotton bud to capture tones; on the right I used a paintbrush and focussed on outline.

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I Dare You!

Art Prof’s new website The beginning of a new month welcomes the next Art Prof Art Dare, and it’s an unusual but interesting one.

Sadly, I never even made an attempt to doodle my thoughts for last month’s Art Dare, so I’m totting up unfinished challenges as fast as I’m completing them.  I had a couple of ideas for the March Dare, but with so many other demands, I didn’t factor in any creative time.  Oops!

So, this month, we’re being challenged to draw at least two self-portraits using only line, to represent the contrasting sides of our personalities.  I like the theme of this challenge, for its hint of conceptual art and focus on line rather than form.  Fortunately there are also a couple of examples on the Art Prof’s new website for inspiration.  I have amassed numerous sketchbooks over the years, so would like to attempt a few drawings just to try out the different papers.  Well, I did resolve to become prolifically creative.  Now, where did I put the calendar?

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Hesitantly Happy

Having only managed one attendance so far this year, last night I braved the weather and went for my weekly life-drawing fix. It’s refreshing to draw a model who understands how to pose well to make the drawing more of a challenge, and yesterday I had the joy of drawing a gentleman who often models for our two-hour nude classes.  For yesterday’s one-hour class he was wearing shorts.

These first three drawings were one-minute warm-ups, and you can tell my technique relaxes with each one.  My third sketch was definitely the most successful of the three (fewer lines, more punch).

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Then we switched to two twenty-minute seated/laid down poses.  With my enthusiasm I managed to elongate the model’s body in this first drawing.  My second attempt (bottom) was much more accurately captured (and carefully planned).

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Sometimes you just need to hold back with your mark-making until you understand what’s going on in front of you.  Look with your eyes rather than your pencil, and it helps to do a little measuring, too!

WordPress prompt: Hesitate

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Your Art IS Valid

Doodles 26_01_17Sitting behind my table at a careers’ fair yesterday, waiting for the mass of teenagers to erupt into the room, I took the opportunity to ‘draw’ the other exhibitors as they also passed the time.  Although not yet a comfortable doodler I found secretive drawing of my neighbours quite fun.

My last art college was there dishing out prospectuses and encouragement by way of souvenirs with “Your Art Is Valid” on them.  A well-timed reminder if ever there was one.

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