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Copley copy.

A tricky composition. At the Tate Britain, having a wander, thinking about political art and depictions of war, having just seen the Aftermath exhibition of post WWI art. I’ve always liked this painting as the artist, John Singleton Copley is … Continue reading

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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 7: Highgate wood.

To end the week here’s the tranquil landscape of Highgate Wood. The dog I’m looking after wanted to rest, so out came the book and this is what was recorded. The path. 040818. Graphite stick and HB pencil. A detail … Continue reading

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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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