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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Painting: water-based pigments

Yesterday I went for my second water-colour painting class.  What can I say?  I’ve done part of an on-line course and last month I did the ‘Absolute Beginners’ first class.  Yesterday was the second and final one.

Here’s the result:

You might just be able to spot the sheets on the fire last night – that was all they were good for.  OK, let’s accept that I’m not going to be a master painter and leave this experience where it belongs – in the past.

However, I’ve had a couple of other water-based painting experiences recently that have been interesting.

I recently sat with a group of people exploring Lindys Stamp Gang Magicals.  Described on their website as dye based powders packed with vibrant shimmery colours you have the option to buy them in a tiny ‘salt’ shaker which enables lovely blending of colours.

What interested me was some of the effects I had seen in an art journal by a well-known Australian scrapbooker.  Whilst I’m not interested in scrapbooking I love her journal pages and the flow of colour and effects across them.

So I joined a 30 minute trial using some of the Magicals (her journals also include the use of other colouring products).  The colour range is huge and they dry fast, keeping their vibrancy.  We sprinkled the pigments onto 300gsm water-colour paper and spritzed with water.

On the left I have used red, green and yellow ochre shakers, spritzed, and angled the paper so they run together to some extent.  The green in particular has partially separated into the base yellow and blue, giving more depth to the colour range.

On the right I only used bright yellow and black shakers.  Wow what a lovely colour range once wet and blended.

The products weren’t for sale on the day so I came home, met with a couple of other friends, and spent an afternoon trying to get similar effects using some Brusho water-colours I already own.

These come as dry powders, but not in shakers (well not when I bought them anyway) and they are flat colours, not shimmery.  The website has a ton of great video tutorials.

I took my water-colour paper, a small spoon to sprinkle with and a couple of spritzers, and got to work.

A bit heavy-handed.  The powder is super highly concentrated but without proper shakers it’s hard to avoid small clumps of pigment which create such a deep colour.

They’re looking better but I quickly learned that I need to use yellow in nearly every one because most other colours make the paper too dark too quickly.

Some lovely colour mixes which I would quite like to print over, in black – create some drama.

Next I’ll wet the paper first so the sprinkled colours spread with spidery tendrils.  Then, later, I’ll mix the pigments into water before applying them to the surface, as that way I can control the strength of colour more accurately.

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Lino: Printing from latest drawing

Jumping for joy

In position

Out for a stroll

Help, please

The world is even more amazing upside down

Stepping out

These are the final prints for this project.

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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 knowledge I sat down to draw.  My goal was to continue along my recent figure drawing path but work a little more slowly, concentrating on more accurate lines and achieve some hand/eye/perception improvement without becoming stilted and over-thinking.

I moved to pencil as this time I wanted the option of erasing mistakes.

Sitting on the train, captive in my own space, somehow produced these lovely renditions.  Some are my own creations, straight from my mind, whilst others I sourced from my recent drawing book purchase.

Back home, with a different figure drawing book in front of me, I tried a more curvy outline figure.

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Lino: More printing from line drawings


Let’s stretch it out

Ouch! Maybe that stretching wasn’t such a good idea

On the run

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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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Lino: Printing from line drawings

Pushing the boundaries

Through the looking-glass

Super slippery

Did I really sign up for this?


Reaching out

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