A medley of yellow plums in: [day 1] collage with pen and ink; [days 2-7] pencil; and [days 8-10] my own recipe of ‘ink’ topped with pencil and conté pastel.  The beginning of a new daily drawing habit.  Long may it…

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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).


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).



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!

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Lost in Translation

Sometimes my drawing hand seems to misinterpret what my eyes see and what my brain is telling it to put down on the page…


…and sometimes it gets it spot on…


These are from last night’s life-drawing class (in consecutive order).  Drawing isn’t so easy when you have a headache, but it teaches you to up the concentration and curb the zeal.

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Art Prof Art Dare

Do all aspiring artists carry a sketchbook in their bag?

Having now completed the November Art Prof Art Dare: The Things We Carry, I realise that’s one thing I don’t often add to my bag, and probably should.  I change my bag and purses regularly, and this is the one I’m currently using, but even I was surprised at what I’m lugging around with me.

Clockwise: I carry a card purse, coin purse, packet of tissues, make-up bag (which contains earplugs, hand cream, eyebrow brush, lip gloss, nail file and toothpick); my very old un-smart phone (I love it!); paracetamol, lipstick, lip balm tin, medicated lip cream, notebook, foldaway shopper, two crystals (for positivity), a pen, tape measure and a pocket diary.

Keeping to just four colours, I drew this in Derwent Graphitint – the colours really jumped off the page when I lightly sprayed them with water (see above).  Sadly, some of my drawing smudged when it got too wet, but I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and have started using another bag (and purse, and pen, and so on!) so I can keep on drawing from this still life.

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