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Drawing experiments

Linocut: Lamb’s Tongue weed

This year, whilst in covid lockdown, I’ve spent a lot of time walking in bushland both observing and collecting flora, mainly weeds. A few weeks ago I started photographing Lamb’s Tongue weeds (Plantago lanceolata). They have a robust cylindrical shaped … Continue reading

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Continuing drawing figures

I’ve continued working on drawing fashion figures.  Referring to my text book, I’ve produced a couple of line drawings demonstrating different poses.  Using one as a template I went on to complete a body shape. I’m in two minds about … Continue reading

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New challenges in drawing

I’ve had a project in mind for a while now but know my drawing skills aren’t up to the job so I’ve bitten the bullet, invested in some basic drawing books and picked up a pencil. I love fashion illustration … Continue reading

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Exploring Mixed Media: 6

Masks, Stencils & Monoprinting . . . with a bit of painting and drawing. A fairly good result.  Perhaps a little less colour in the upper background would have been better.  The buds have more orange and colour variation that … Continue reading

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Challenge 30 – Day 17

A long gap since my last sketch of Jack but this one hasn’t come out too badly. Despite not having drawn him for around 6 weeks I’m pleased that I’ve retained some of the improvement I made by concentrating on … Continue reading

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Challenge 30 – Day 16

Short of time today but at least I’ve got the outline down.  The head is definitely a better shape than the previous drawing.

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Challenge 30 – Day 15

Nose is too long and a bit narrow.  He looks more like a foxhound.  I think I need a close-up photo and draw larger to get the proportions.  Good movement though. An update on day 14 as I added the … Continue reading

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Challenge 30 – Day 14

Not sure how to draw water but it’s a start.  I’ve done a bit of shadow but it should probably have been extended under his belly as well.

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Challenge 30 – Day 13

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Challenge 30 – Day 12

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Challenge 30 – Day 11

Day 10 drawing was more puppy-like with a shorter nose.  Today I’ve achieved an older dog impression and the facial proportions are much better.  This actually starts to resemble Jack (minus the body markings obviously).

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Challenge 30 – Day 10

I can honestly say this is one of the hardest things I’ve done in my creative life.  I’m a third of the way through my challenge and progress is spotty.  Occasionally I seem to get a rough (very rough) likeness … Continue reading

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Challenge 30 – Day 9

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Challenge 30 – Day 8

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Challenge 30 – Day 7

Having had a few days away and several other things to catch-up on I only managed this quick Jack drawing yesterday.

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Challenge 30 – Day 6

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Challenge 30 – Day 5

Terrible photography as the light is going. Took a new approach today and used a large piece of butchers paper (A3 + a bit) and vaguely scribbled this out until I got to the face detail.  This poor dog has … Continue reading

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Challenge 30 – Day 4

I can see the distance from eyes to nose is too short.  Possibly something to do with the angle I’m working at?  Think I’ll try drawing on an incline tomorrow.

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Challenge 30 – Day 3

After 3 days I can say that I’m consistent in my heavy handed approach.  I need to search for some tuition to improve.  Time to troll the net for guidance, as I’m seriously doing this dog a disservice!

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Challenge 30 – Day 2

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Challenge 30 – Day 1

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Challenge 30

Looking for a new direction and a new challenge, being currently a little underwhelmed by my print class, and having had an idea percolating in my head for a while, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and try something completely … Continue reading

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Experimental Etching with Tony Ameneiro: Prints 2

Print Series 2 Source material as inspiration: Striated muscle fibres of the heart.  Again, I zoomed into the detail. Drawing the design: After a brief outline drawing I scratched directly into 1mm polycarbonate sheet and .5mm PVC clear film (acetate). … Continue reading

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Experimental Etching with Tony Ameneiro: Prints 1

Print series 1 Source material as inspiration: I chose this picture of bone calcification and zoomed into the detail. Drawing the design: After several small sketches I redrew my design to full size. Transferring the image: A zinc sheet was … Continue reading

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Drawing: A bit more nature

Simple plant shapes from a variety of visual resources, before adding some to my alcohol inked background. I have one more coloured background but it wasn’t usable as the background was too heavily coloured to see much imagery.  So I … Continue reading

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Drawing: A bit of nature

Having used alcohol inks to colour some thick textural hand-made paper I decided to use them to make a criss-cross accordion book which I’m doing for my on-line flexible book structures course.  But, as I’m keen to practice my drawing, … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 3 – Creating a design

The goal: Take line drawings and create a workable design to print. After my initial drawings of irises and grevillea (very loosely translated) a couple of weeks ago I spent a few minutes messing around with floral bouquets and was … Continue reading

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Etching: Hobbiton

Sepia & a touch of black + 40% translucent on 250gsm Dutch etching paper Sepia & a touch of black, with slight blue highlight in the sky + 40% translucent on 250gsm cream Stonehenge Sepia & a touch of black, … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 3

The goal: to turn solid shapes into line drawings and create variations on the theme. Part 1 For one day only, late last week, my Walking Irises came into full bloom.  I had a sea of green, white and purple … Continue reading

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Etching: Hobbiton – preparation

In 2014 I toured New Zealand and visited Hobbiton, the village created for the movie The Hobbit.  I, personally, thought the movie was only average but I love the scenery and special effects. Hobbiton is a marvellous place and would … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 2 – drawing and preparing

Exercise 2: designing and cutting stamps The goal: to explore the possibilities of stamping as a design tool. I’ve decided to use an old favourite image of mine, one that naturally lends itself to wide interpretation; the Boteh. The Boteh … Continue reading

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Drawing: Line & shape figures

Combining line and a little substance, working on proportion and movement. Adding a sphere/ball/circular shape.

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Drawing: More precise ‘Line’ figures

I’m currently reading about forming habits, decision-making and how to work faster, smarter and better (probably sounds super-boring to you, but fascinating to me).  Some of the main points cover independence, exploration and the rewards of achievement. With my new … Continue reading

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Drawing: More ‘Shrink & Line’ Figures

Enjoying just messing around for a few minutes when I get time. Whilst these are pretty rough, along with some of my previous ones, some provide a reasonable start point for  tracing and turning into prints.

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Drawing: ‘Shrink & Line’ figures

Moving on to the next page in my book I found myself still on very small drawings but this time very sharp lines and angular shapes are used to define the characters. In 20 minutes I drew the following (and … Continue reading

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Drawing: ‘Shrink’ figures

Inspired by a couple of blogs I follow, both owners being amazing at drawing, a couple of weeks ago I bought a book on figure drawing. It’s unusual for me to follow a blog based around the talent of a … Continue reading

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Wine and cheese linocut: Final stage

How to focus a mind in turmoil…… Loving this project but my brain has been well over-stimulated and darting in multiple directions, even though nothing much has yet made it onto the blog. First: I drew some cheese. Nice, but … Continue reading

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Wine & cheese linocut: Stage 2

I took masses of photos of red wine in a glass from various angles, with and without shadows.  It was refilled once or twice as I needed lubrication from time to time. I chose the angles that appealed for my … Continue reading

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Wine & cheese linocut: Stage 1

I’ve been drawing for days, 20-30 minutes each day, in preparation for my next print project.  I’ve started with a wine glass and have discovered that I lean to the right – how uncannily similar they all are! Is that … Continue reading

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Exploring charcoal

I’ve played with charcoal once or twice in the past, never really got to grips with it but interested all the same.  So I joined a short 3 hour introductory class. Some fun exercises to get used to the different … Continue reading

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Drawing – still life

This One and Twenty exercise got off to a slow start.  After agonizingly drawing the main sweetcorn kernels I realised that time was about up on my allotted 20 minutes.  Was I to leave my food in place until I … Continue reading

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And back to pencils ……..

Just a quick cube continuing to look at light sources. Followed by a composition of Okra.

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Still drawing – just differently ……….

I’ve just attended my first Adobe Illustrator course (seriously need this skill for work).  Wow, masses to learn.  After 7 hours tuition I reckon I’ve almost scratched the surface. Daunted?  Hell, yes! Excited?  Definitely! Know what I’m doing?  Not even … Continue reading

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 10

A few quiet minutes sitting in the garden looking at my terraces. Not enough tonal variety, the wall isn’t high enough for the first garden bed, proportions are seriously out of whack.  Poor drawing, need to do better next time. … Continue reading

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 9

A shell.  I’ve done this before and got either a very flat unrecognizable piece or some very nice sylised drawings, like this one here. Today I’ve gone for something more realistic. Took about an hour to complete. Fun – hard … Continue reading

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 8

A bit of doodling to get the hand moving, then a simple sphere with shadow.  Learning how to match the light source and the shadow direction.

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 5, 6 & 7

Slightly behind and only a short amount of time each day, so I’ve got one project completed over 3 days.  Continuing along the landscape theme I’ve added more detail than previous days. Day 5: Day 6: Day 7: It’s interesting … Continue reading

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 3 & 4

Last weekend a quick stop in the newsagents found me leafing through the magazine shown here. I particularly liked some interesting tutorials and examples of work where landscapes have been roughly produced in a quick time frame without too much … Continue reading

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Feb drawing challenge: Day 1 & 2

I’ve had a busy start to the year with printing and travelling overseas so my normal routine didn’t really start until a few days ago. I’ve set myself a challenge for February: my weekly one-and-twenty drawing exercise is being changed … Continue reading

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One and Twenty: 31/12/2017 – Extended

Today I’ve had my drawing materials out. My One & Twenty focus is a simple exercise to get me drawing.  I pick something, observe it for one minute and then spend twenty minutes drawing it.  The idea is that I … Continue reading

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