Category Archives: Life Drawing

Sketches on a trip to London.

The Natural History Museum followed by the V&A. Testing out the very black grease pencil (chinagraph pencil).

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Sketchweek 6: Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret + my son on the tube.

This was a fantastic show. Meow Meow is incredible. Musically pretty perfect too. I pray for a recorded version to torture / play to the kids in the car. Setting the scene: The Barbican hall before the performance. Pencil. 40 … Continue reading

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Sketchweek 5: Drawing in the dark.

‘Draw without looking at the paper’. The sort of thing an art teacher will say to a student. As it was nightime around a camp fire when this was made there was no choice. When I looked at the paper … Continue reading

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Sketchweek 4: Greek statues from the British Museum.

With time to kill and near the British Museum… I would normally rather draw the people traipsing around the artefacts; it was fun for once to see how it would be drawing from antiquity – like an old fashioned ‘proper’ … Continue reading

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Sketchweek 3: Anthony Hopkins as King Lear.

Again, watching Shakespeare on the TV. Again, the TV sketching rules are: No freeze framing, No revising afterwards. So it’s like a moving life drawing class. King Lear is great to draw as he goes through such a transformation. Anthony … Continue reading

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Sketchweek 2: Climbing in Derbyshire

My sons went Geckos climbing  club on a holiday (link here). This was in the beautiful Derbyshire peak district on gritstone which is great to climb on. I stayed on the ground and watched in wonder. There was some time … Continue reading

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Sketchweek 1: Family

The amount of times you’ve looked at your family. As you know them so well, there is only so much you can fit into a drawing of them. My Father. 130718. Pencil in sketchbook. A sense of calm. A detail … Continue reading

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