More life drawing…

I was going to title this bottoms up… but now I see that it looks like the same pose as a couple of posts ago but from a different viewpoint. Same model!


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More life…

I went to a workshop – it was the last in a series of workshops looking at different ways of drawing. I hadn’t been to the others and this was the last one… we used ink and bleach. Interesting – as it is so difficult to control tones. The ink is painted on to the paper and the using the bleach (and a bit of water on this one) the figure is drawn. A worthwhile workshop!


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I started life drawing at the beginning of the year. Was interrupted by an accident and the school holidays for about 3 months. It’s nearly two hours of untaught drawing, with the first half given to quick (4 or 5 minutes), very quick (1 minute) and even 30 second poses to warm us up. It is the time to experiment and I have tried out all sorts of different drawing mediums; pencil, charcoal, brush pens, soluble graphite pencils… We have some great models, and wonderful cakes provided by the teacher (you can ask for help, and she will proffer suggestions). The second half is usually a couple of longer poses (20 minutes) for even a very long pose (40 minutes).

This is Kaz. She has red hair.


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Sky and land

Two sketches of the south Downs…



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My partner and I have an old (very large) wooden boat that we (he) are restoring. I recently had a bad fall and have a broken wrist, nose and teeth… which prevents me from doing much. But I can (just about) draw. So here are two quick sketches of him sanding part of the hull – which I had washed! The paint in the background was already on the paper – and aborted attempt of something.


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Life… drawing

Not been doing much watercolour recently. Life has very much got in the way. I’ve not felt able to commit to any regular classes or courses but I have found a drop-in life drawing class which I can do every couple of weeks. We have an untutored session – though the lady who runs it is an art teacher – and will help if asked – or if you are struggling. She arranges the models, and, as important (!) some great biscuits or cake each time – all home-made! Yum!

We do a series of quick drawings for the first half – sometimes 30 seconds – anything up to 5 or 7 minutes. These are challenging but are designed to warm us up and get us going. Then we do a couple of longer poses up to 20 minutes.

I’ve just taken some photos of these and can now see the ‘problem’ areas. I draw with a board on my lap and resting on a chair in front – so getting a look from a distance is impossible! They are A3 size.

I may try watercolour on these longer poses – even more of a challenge!


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A new start…

Having organised, and now completed, a really, really successful art exhibition & sale for a local hospital charity which took up so much time I am trying to get back into painting. The exhibition and sale involved nearly 300 artists (both professional and amateur) and over 500 works of art! Really interesting project to do though – so much talent around!

I haven’t been totally uncreative though and have been going to life drawing – challenging! – every fortnight. But at last I have got down an idea I’ve had bubbling through my head for a while.


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