Saturday, 27 September 2008
Tuesday, 23 September 2008
On the other hand I've started this month's 'Virtual Sketch Date' - it's a beautiful reference photograph and is looking pretty popular, there's about 28 participants already...
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Last nights art class seemed a bit more useful. This time I took something in to draw from life, these horse chesnuts (we call them "conkers") which have dropped a bit early, although Autumn definitely feels like it's here. So I did this small watercolour study which I was reasonably pleased with, with my usual "not quite there" feeling. Then Keith our tutor came over and explained about neutral black and using it as a 'glaze' - if you get the three primary colours in balance you achieve neutral black (and I didn't know that, so I've learned something at least!). So Keith comes along and demonstrates on my painting...and suddenly it looked so much better, it was kind of a revelation which sounds a bit extreme but it impressed me. I've often struggled with my work looking 'flat' and the shadows being somehow 'off ', particularly in painting which I'm not so confident in, but this helped. Now I need to practice it more so I'll be trying more painting out soon...
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
As for next week if I've got to work from a picture then I'll at least take one of my own reference photographs. More to come.....
Saturday, 6 September 2008
It's been raining almost non-stop for the past two days so it's given me a good opportunity to do some drawing, as I've really done very little this week. This was from a reference photograph I took in a friends garden earlier this Summer, on one of the few days we had some sunshine. I have no idea what the flower is by the way. First I made a watercolour underpainting then worked over it with coloured pencils, using a mixture of Derwent Coloursoft and Faber Castell Polychromos on Arches Aquarelle watercolour paper.
Monday, 1 September 2008
As usual I'm half and half about my work - I think some parts of this work well, I think the drawing itself is sound, the composition is interesting and more considered than usual, the tomatoes and bowl are pretty ok. It's the background that's bothering me, I can't seem to render shadowy areas (although it looks better reduced here!). I wanted to maintain the towelling texture (which was why I used a rough textured paper) but it doesn't seem to work for me, maybe its the colour. I suppose it just shows the limits of my ability, as it is now anyway - hopefully it will improve!