Sketchbook work and a small sculpture.

I’ve been moving house, hence the lack of posts.
As soon as things are out of boxes expect a flood of work.

In the meantime, here’s some sketches made over the last few weeks.

Chimpanzees Whipsnade Oct17

Chimpanzees, Whipsnade Zoo.

Uccello National Gallery sketches Sept 17

Uccello studies, National gallery.

Benny in green

A lad I’ve been teaching. This was drawn with him looking at the work being created.

Slate mine bounce Oct17

The inside of a Welsh slate mine. 4 levels of trampolines!

Mills hodges Slate mine cafe Oct17

A sketch while having lunch. Coloured in photoshop.

yumchaca camden interior

The Yumchaca cafe in Camden while waiting for a friend. Trying to get a hang on strong perspectives.

head sculptur

A small plaster head. Made with some left over gypsum, a great free medium.

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Life Drawing 03.11.17. 2 models, many marks made.

two life models on blue 031117
2 Ladies on blue and green.
This week had the excitement of two models. This can be daunting, but if you start with a plan and make some marks on the page things start flowing.
The reflection in the mirror really helps the composition. The blue ground was rolled on in the hour before the class. There were a few really big changes in the process of making this artwork, the legs were moved around a fair bit due to the perspective.

two life models on blue 031117 detail 2
A detail. Facing the void.two life models on blue 031117 detail 1
A detail. The model and her reflection.

9 models and one artist Mark N
Studies on Red.
The red ground was rolled previously. Four fifteen minute poses with an added artist (Mr. Mark Noad).

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27.10.17. Jay, tall and poetic.

I’ve used Jay’s real name as he’ not shy. See Instagram #jay_life_model
He’s tall and poetic in demeanor.

Jay_Life_model plus skellington and artists

Skellington, Mark, Jay the Model and David.

Again just a pencil (a HB this time) and some choice on what to draw. I’ve taken out the easel he’s leaning on, the windows etc.There is only so much time, plus your brain will imagine the rest of Mr. Skellington, it doesn’t have to be drawn.

Jay_Life_model detail

Jay the Model (detail)

Jay_Life_Model x3 with Skellington

Early studies of Jay and Skellington

Tall poetic man 271017

Torso and Jay the model

This was an experiment with charcoals of different consistency and a rubber. Some nice passages, though overall I’m not happy. I’m bored with thick black lines.

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Life Drawing 20.27.17. Pencil only.

Reclining nude with blue ribbon
The angular lady G with fluid blue ribbon.
A 4B pencil. As a child I didn’t use colour, just this smudgy pencil. Strange to go back.
The graphic designer in me had to make the ribbon blue.

5x15 minute drawings
The angular lady G with red ribbon.
The model 5 times. starting from the centre, moving clockwise.

David best drawingI liked this sketch by my friend David, I bought it on the spot.

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Life Drawing 13.10.17. On dark ground.

Getting to the Mary Ward Centre early, I picked my place, set my easel up and painted both sheets of paper a very dark grey (a Valspar tester pot named ‘La Plancha’).

The living, the dead and the plastic, reflected.
Adrian Mr Skellinton and bust reflected a

The amount of information in front of me was overwhelming, so some decisions had to be made to let the composition breathe. The easels were reduced to lines, a blank space was created to the right (there was an artist painted in at one point) and the colour range was restricted to pastels.
The simple palette was of cream and grey with a little red, blue and white mixed in; all finished off with a black pencil to define the image.
Starting the work felt like dive from a high board into a pool.
The horizontal lines are masking tape.

A detail of Mr. Skellington
Mr Skellington detail

A model and artist (reflected).

Adrian 4 times me once

The first four poses were rendered on on large sheet of paper. I saw myself reflected and decided to do a homage to Velazquez. Being rather left handed I started at the right and worked left, getting larger each time.

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Life Drawing 06.10.17. The dance of elements.

What to put onto the paper, what to leave out?
These decisions aren’t usually thought through too much; we are creatures of instinct and repetition. Below are two different routes to making an artwork, both using a little thought before paint hit the paper.

Tatania x4 with blue ribbon plus artist

1. The Blue Ribbon dance.
The model in 4 poses, the other figure in the background was a fellow artist.
The palette was constricted to just one stick of compressed charcoal and some acrylic. Before making any marks I’d worked out where the 4 differnet poses were to go on the paper. There is a curve to the composition starting and ending on the right side of the page. The sequence of four 10 minute poses were paintied in this sequence from left to right: 3, 2, (the background figure was also 3, 4, 1). The last pose was a real struggle and is all the better for it; I was not going to fail on the biggest image! The marks get more emphatic the nearer the model gets to the viewer.


Tatania seated

2. The Blue Coffee Pot
This was an hour of applying a lot of paint. The floor needed a fair bit of work to anchor all the elements. The image was started at the bottom right, roughly sketching until all the major parts related. Trying to get all the elements in correct proportion was a task as was working out the colour values Some many little jobs to do… unusually I would of liked a bit more time, the main figure isn’t completely resolved and there were some reflections of the model and artist in the dark glass that would have made the painting have even more pictoral depth. The white block on the chair is a heater. I’ve left out Mr Skellington, another artist, a lot of pot plants and many, many plastic chairs. The pink paper against the floor colour is enjoyable. The splodges of red were really there… some might have been oragne or brown, but they served a purpose being red.

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Life drawing 29.09.17. The positive man.

It’s good to meet someone who loves their job. This model was really happy with the whole process and the end result that he had help create.

This was a quick pose painted on prepared paper.

Blue male nude seated

The quick excercises and a skull.

The top image was made without looking at the page, the one on the left was made by just painting upwards and the right hand side was made with the right (wrong) hand only.

Male nude standing three times with skull

This was created by scrunching the paper up first.

Male nude standing on crumpled paper

This was made using both hands at once.

Blue male nude seated with both hands

The last artwork of the night. Finished off at home. The perspective was strong and a battle to get right. Notice the blurring of the object further back.

Male nude on matress with plant version 2

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