Sunday, 15 January 2017

life drawing 15th january

Here is 2 15 mins life drawings from this morning!

i did

5x2 mins
2x15 mins
1x20 mins
1x40 mins

my most successful life drawings are usually around 5 - 15 mins. Anything under 5 mins and i'm very hit or miss. My brain just doesn't process that fast yet. And with longer poses in life drawing..the more i render the worse it can look. Somewhere along the way if it isn't going well i have the habit of approaching it half hearted.

for the longer 40 mins pose i left the newsprint and used vine charcoal on a rougher tooth paper. I didn't quite nail it but i'm going to keep practicing the technique. I'm hoping to see some improvements with the technique this year. I also need to improve hands. I do practice them but i cant translate it to well drawn hands in a life class. It will come!


Saturday, 14 January 2017

repost from st neots life drawing

Last week i made a new post over at st neots life drawing blog

i thought id post it here too.

i find that using a tablet can be of great help when it comes to studying and drawing off photo references of models. An alternative would be using tracing paper over a printed image. But a tablet can be more convenient and you can use it on your travels.

I use an app called Art Flow on a Samsung galaxy tab. Its a free app  but you can upgrade if you want to at a small cost.

I use it to bring in pictures of models and then draw on top or alongside to breakdown the gesture and structure of a figure. Trying to work out a particular set of problems that i can use to help me when drawing on paper. I also use it to study works of old masters that i saved from the internet and also to draw these ideas from memory. Think of using a tab as a digital sketchbook.

Here is some images i saved from my tablet using artflow. Model Reference images are from New Masters Academy. You can get an idea of the type of practice that is good to do daily. Even if its just 5 minutes a day. One day you may study head construction another day you may decide to study anatomy of the upper Arm or the hand. I find that slowly the information gets ingrained to memory and then that can be drawn upon in a life drawing class.

figure studies
master study of Steve Husons work

doing quick master studies.

leg and knee studies

torso studies

torso gestures

studies of individual body parts

arm anatomy studies

ways of breaking down the figure

anatomy over the figure

anatomy over master works

master composition studies

random page of studies

torso..arms up studies

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master color studiescolor studies

hand and finger studies

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individual feature studies

heads torsos

legs feet

Saturday, 31 December 2016

the bridesmaid

Happy New Year!!

The Bridesmaid

pencil drawing

Saturday, 10 December 2016

white wedding

'white wedding'

pencil drawing

Really like this one! Was done in the sketchbook so 12x8 inches

Saturday, 3 December 2016

past week

man in chair study

seance study.

Some of my recent work has been more exploration into themes that really make me tick as an artist. Its almost like a switch in your head being turned on.. the more you draw the more ideas you get. I carry a memo and have a list of themes i want to explore. I'm just scratching the surface. I'm excited to posting more work.  Also most of my current work has been with a mechanical pencil. If im honest i had never really used one before but its a great tool especially for sketch booking and smaller drawings.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

the damned

the idea is a cross between the village of the damned and a victorian workhouse. Pencil drawing in sketchbook.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

from the past week

life drawing Sunday20th November 10mins poses

theme - dwellers living in closed underground stations

theme - dwellers living in closed underground stations
clown theme.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

3 from the past week

heres 3 more from the past week on my travels.  I have to say i enjoy the quick sketches alot more than the longer efforts especially working with pencil and line. Finding that balance of immediacy and accuracy. i remember steve huston saying it has to ring true regardless of how finished it is.

10 minute sketch
fetchin study

a bit more conceptual this one. One of my favs

Sunday, 6 November 2016

sketchbook and life drawing

sketchbook pencil

sketchbook pencil
5 minute life drawing

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

a few more sketchbook drawings.. All pencil..  learning..experimenting and enjoying drawing.  

Wednesday, 26 October 2016


started to sketchbook again. Mainly on my train journey to work in the morning. I also want to draw my daughter more often. Im trying to do a drawing a day! Its not a rule but its amazing how much you can draw on a 40 mins train journey to work.

here are a few from the past week or 2.  Mediums.. ink pen or pencil.. Pencil is more similar to charcoal as you can blend it with a paper blender. I especially like using a 6b pencil.




ink pen fine medium for cross hatching

boxing study.. will be doing alot more of these

6b pencil and blender

ink pen..figure vignette

ink pen
life drawings from last weekend.