This drawing and watercolour was influenced by another painting - a sort of homage but I can't find out who the artist is; I screen-grabbed the image so long ago. I adore the viewpoint. This was my first attempt and it was done very quickly for an online challenge. I will work up this style when I have more time but, in the process of making of it, I was inundated with new ideas for bigger works. Lovely to work with pen on a ready-made background which consists of splashes of watercolour.
This was done in ultra-quick time. I had a load of small A5-sized paper with watercolour markings all over them and I started painting and drawing on them today allowing myself to be led by the marks. This one reminds me of the illustrations I used to love in childrens' books. I guess it is the innocence and softness of the lines.
This was done very quickly last night while watching television. I just had the urge to sketch something, anything. The problems in doing portrait sketches from photographs are many, but the light in the room was pretty poor, but the end result is passable enough to post here. At least something got down on paper. I see many mistakes, but I'm not fixing them. No point really.
Another quick drawing/sketch this afternoon. Same subject, different photo. I cannot replicate the sitter's face as I am so out of practice. Again the lighting for the photography defeated me. I do see some improvement over the last effort though, so that's something.
"Inspired by Anna (2)"
Pencil, Watercolour & Gouache on Cartridge Paper - A5
This didn't go exactly as planned, but certain aspects of it surprised me. I haven't done representational work like this for years and years and it was quite liberating. If the photography was better, the sitter's clothes would be much darker. I honestly have to find a way to photograph pencil and charcoal works.
I felt like putting up some drawings on the blog today, and found these two.
I haven't shown the complete work in either case. The first is a section of a full life drawing and the other, a close-up of a charcoal portrait of no particular distinction. In the latter, I rather liked the transformation of the original drawing by getting up close and personal and in the end, the close up can almost not be recognised as fragment of the original. That's photography for you. More drawings to come in the next few days I hope.
Close-Up - Life Drawing - Pencil on Cartridge Paper
Last night's second attempt at life drawing was inhibiting as we had a male model whose form was very difficult to depict and standing there in the squashed drawing room, I thought "what a strange way to spend an evening!". Yes, it was strange. My irritation subsided after acknowledging that I wasn't in the mood for stiff challenges, but I carried on and did some acceptable work. The 'head only' was the best but I had some additional problems because I thought the gouache tint I had painted on beforehand would be slightly more sturdy and permanent but all eraser marks wiped off a little of the colour which makes the finished work slightly untidy. Two more classes and then a Summer break. I am so out of practice.
Head in Profile
Graphite sanguine on gouache tinted paper - 30 x 21 cm
Head in Profile - Close up
Graphite and sanguine on gouache tinted paper - 30 x 21 cm
It's been years since my last life drawing class and it shows! However, it was great to get the charcoal scratching along the paper and to let go. This was a 15 minute pose and I didn't have much time to correct anything but the model thought it good enough to photograph for her portfolio. More next week, I hope.
I decided to get some portrait drawing done this afternoon and not having done any sketching or drawing for ages, I expected to do badly. This one didn't turn out all that bad, but again, the lack of professional lighting and a small camera doesn't show the drawing up very well. I wanted to shade the background in pencil but it looked like a long haul, so I decided to compromise with a few quick brushes of black gouache and it certainly added a bit of dynamism, even though it slightly overshadows the drawing.
Graphite and Gouache on Cartridge Paper
10.5" x 8.5"
I've often wondered how those brilliant (mostly American) illustrators were able to convey form and expression on a face with just cross-hatching so I tried it here. It does obviously convey more detail than charcoal ever could with a similar technique, but lots more practice is needed. Again, the photographs just don't show these small works properly. Maybe I should get a digital camera that can take good black and white shots. The paper is a creamy white in both sketches, but I just couldn't adjust them to look like the originals. Not a problem really.
Pencil on Cartridge Paper - 9.5" x 7.5" (Approx.)
Pencil on Cartridge Paper - 7" x 7.5" (Approx.)