Planning

Hello again;

There are many things I’ve learned in the last year. I’ve read about many artists I didn’t know. I’ve gained skills I can apply to make projects with wood, plaster, fabric, video, clay, recycled materials, mixed media…

I’ve also learned about myself and my preferred style of learning.

It’s getting to the time of the year when we’ll have to make decisions. Many of my classmates are planning to go onto Art careers. Others will carry on doing some specialist courses. All of us are currently working on our final projects. Continue reading »

Sketches in London

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I’m running out of ideas regarding what to call these posts. I feel tempted to call them by date.

For now I’ll call this one by its content: sketches in London. Most of the images are in Central London and others in more remote parts.

I enjoyed using my brush pen to make quick drawings in recent months. I’ve now moved to using a fine pen, with loose strokes to speed up the process. I’m also using colour, revisiting some previous locations and drawing them differently. Continue reading »

I’m not ready

(exhibition countdown)

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There is a draft post with some drawings around Covent Garden I’m hoping to publish soon. But it’s been freezing lately, my fingers can’t work when they turn to ice and I don’t have enough drawings yet, so it will have to wait a bit longer. Continue reading »

Details

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I’ve been enjoying the return to colour in my last sketches.

I’ve also realised that my current drawings owe a lot to my earlier ones. My eyes seem to notice things better and watch out for mistakes I made in previous sketches. Continue reading »

washing up

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Do we have to draw things that look pretty? What if we draw something mundane on an ordinary day, when  the washing up is left for later and dishes start to pile up?

Sometimes I find the results appealing:  The random configuration of the dishes in the sink gives me a drawing challenge. No need to go looking for something fancy. Continue reading »

More hand drawings

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More drawings of my hand, with the help of a mirror and some props.

I enjoy the many poses hands can offer with just some small object to hold. For the drawings below I used a Pentel brush pen. Continue reading »

home in colour

Drawings in colour

sink

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I’ve used monochrome drawings quite a lot over the break. I find them useful to help me notice things around me: the proportions, the shapes, the light and shades.

I find them useful also to help me feel comfortable with mistakes (pencil drawings are different: you can erase mistakes, redraw lines… get a better final drawing at the expense of more time and more work). Ink is unforgiving, so once a line is on paper I need to carry on regardless. Mistakes become just part of the drawing, rather than something to get rid of. Continue reading »

Drawing outside

It’s been a while since I shared some outdoors drawings. These are the most recent ones, in no particular order. 

 

Church in Penge.

For the drawing above I was standing in the open whilst it was snowing/drizzling. I realised quite soon that drawing on damp paper wasn’t going to work. I left it unfinished. For now. Until a sunny day calls in the near future. Continue reading »

Skulls

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Finally, I’m learning how some inks work. For instance, I like using Parker fountain pen ink for washes, but it doesn’t agree with paper that has been mistreated (I recycled some of my course drawings into new sketchbooks. Wiping off the graphite or charcoal from some of them took some effort and affected the smoothness of the paper). Continue reading »

hands

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These are some more practise drawings. This time I experimented with mixing my inks (blue and black) in small bottles.

I have found it quite handy not to have a favourite ink yet: the experimentation to find the ‘right’ colour has prompted me to keep drawing, filling up paper to test each new tone. I’ve made several drawings in a short time without worrying about the end results. I even used some sketchbooks from paper I reused from my course. Continue reading »