Friday, 29 August 2008
Thursday, 28 August 2008
Actually this is "Braeburn Mk2" because I messed up the first version. I'd been reading about blending with solvents so decided to dive right in, the only solvent I have being some white spirit left over from decorating, I figured it would be near enough to turpentine, they all clean your brushes right? Needless to say it was horrible and smelly so I quickly abandoned that idea, for now anyway. When I've got the proper stuff I'll have another go, I've seen some great results. I've read about 'Zest-It' so I'll be on the lookout for that...
Saturday, 23 August 2008
Sunday, 17 August 2008
I don't use my sketchbooks nearly as much as I should. Today I just wanted to try doing something a bit 'looser' than I normally would, less controlled and done quickly. This was done with a HB carbon pencil in about 5 to 10 minutes. I'm unfamiliar with carbon pencils so that helped force me into a looser style.
All the drawings I do are from life. I have yet to use reference photographs but I'm sure I will, I just haven't got around to it yet. I've read some artists get a bit sniffy about using ref photos which seems a bit unnecessary and a bit elitist, as if the drawing doesn't count as much because it's not drawn from life. I have no idea where that came from, it just occured to me...
Sunday, 10 August 2008
'Mortar & Pestle'
21cm x 27cm
Water soluble Graphite Pencil on Paper
Enjoyed working with these new pencils, used on the body of the mortar and pestle as a kind of underpainting then I worked in graphite over the top. Shadows on the white cloth I used a stump to blend with. I think this technique has a lot of potential for me.
I've also joined the 'Starving Artists' site - there should be a link on the right... The same stuff that's on here basically but it might attract more readers...
Saturday, 9 August 2008
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
Saturday, 2 August 2008
This is my 'Blue Glass' piece, as finished as I can make it. I'm still not sure I'm entirely satisfied with it, I know where I made my mistakes. That's a good thing. Having said all that there are some things I do like about it, I think the shapes of the bottles themselves are good and the glass appears solid yet transparent.
Friday, 1 August 2008
I've also been thinking about the subjects we choose to draw or paint. I've looked at many, many artists websites (probably too many, when I should have been drawing), and there are some fantastic people working out there - clever, talented, inspirational artists. There seem to be a recurring number of "must do" subjects - like coloured peppers, marbles, glass bottles (!) to name but a few. I'm finding myself drawn (sorry) to still life subjects/objects so there probably wont be any surprise when a red, green or yellow pepper pops up here.
Back to the glass bottles then...