Monday, 31 July 2017

experimenting on brown paper with color pencils.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

some recent life drawings

not been doing too much of late.. bits and pieces here and there.

here are some recent life drawings.. I hope to invest more time in some personal work in the future!!

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Ive not been doing too much personal work as late.. Work and family is keeping me busy.

Although I'm  very happy to have been included in a book that was written by my friend and fellow artist Kan Muftic. The book is called 'Figure Drawing for Concept Artists and can be purchased here: 

Ive known kan since meeting him in life drawing class in London.. We also attended a Henry Yan workshop together. Hes incredibly diciplined in the craft of figure drawing and the book is a great achievement and a great resource for any artist wanting to develop their figure drawing skills.

Here is my double page spread.. Thanks Kan!!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

life drawing

one from this morning.. 2 models husband and wife.. they did some wonderful poses unfortunately i couldn't capitalize on it. This one is ok enough to post. 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

life drawing

two 10 mins from this morning!

and 5's  and 10's

Sunday, 16 April 2017

life drawing

A page of 5 and 10 minute life drawings from this morning.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Life drawing from this morning. Felt really rusty.

Best of a bad bunch

Sunday, 26 February 2017



pencil on paper.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

ballpoint pen and grey paper

Some ballpoint pen and white chalk studies. Small figures studies no more than 3 inch tall each. Great practice in keeping it simple in gesture and structure. Some better than others as always. Im making sure i get a page or 2 every week. I really believe that if you can translate a model clearly in a small simple drawing like this then you've done the hard part. The rest is just rendering. The difference between me now and say a year ago is a greater consistancy in my drawings. Consistancy = more enjoyment  

this is what steve huston has to say on this:

''You won't get to the level of detail and finish of the first drawing unless you have the fundamental understanding as exhibited in the second at least with any kind of consistency.
Good craft, smart craft comes from a clear idea of what each mark is telling your audience and how it orchestrates with all the others.
The first few marks in a drawing build a road map that lead the eye to everything else.
That is what short pose figure drawing is all about.
If you really want to learn to draw beautifully, you need to add short pose drawing to your tool box. If you want to take your drawing to the next level, you need to add short pose drawing to your tool box. And if you want to make marks that are uniquely your own--ditto!''

I remember Jeff Watts saying that Drawing training is like going to the gym. You go to the gym and have different days to train individual body parts. With drawing you may one day do anatomy studies another day short pose and another long pose. Mixing mediums helps too!

If you have not already. Check out steve hustons facebook page. Its a goldmine of information!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

life drawing

life drawing from last week. Great model. I was happy with some of the drawings. charcoal pencil

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