Teacups

 

 

My artclass had a rained off urban sketching lesson,  so we ended up back in the classroom with afternoon tea as a subject.

Not sue if this was going to be my thing but ended up enjoying making a painting even created a darker brio and ink wash drawing.

Rainy days not so bad.

 

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Faces

Still practicing my faces , trying different media and approaches in my sketchbook.

A daily face is a good project even if you don’t get to it everyday  you soon build a sketchbook of ideas.

Satisfying to leaf through it, and see your progress.

 

Colour pencils

Got some new colour pencils faber castell polycromos these are oil based and are wonderful for blending,  using two or three colours together gives some wonderful results.

Spent six two hour sessions  adding colour to my green man drawing very relaxing I can see why folks like these colouring books.

 

 

Life

Had a nice life drawing session today. It was great to get messy with charcoal and chalk again.

Thanks to  Alice Ellis-Hayle for putting on the class.

 

 

Ink

New year and a new thing to master, if that’s what you can call it.

I have a new Rotaring  art pen, takes cartrages of ink (not waterproof), I need to see if I can get other types or refillable ones.

I thought this would be good for my sketching, it makes you think more about your lines there is no going back, when it’s down it’s down.

A few faces from my daily efforts using my new weapon.

 

Circus

Another term at artclass and we have been looking at art inspired by circus, had some great fun working with vintage photographs and some rapid scribbling, trying to create the energy of circus clowns.

Heather

Took me a while to ask my friend from my art class if she would be my subject, I was pleased I did as she was more than helpful, I shared my ideas with her and we took some pictures for me to work from.

My  approach  is to start with some sketches and then moved on to painting, this works better than diving straight on in with the paint and gives you time to understand the subject.

I found using acrylic to ground your canvas is quick but I found the oil paint went on better when the oil under painting had been done, I probably won’t start with acrylic next time. also tried a black acrylic paint pen for my drawing, it was good that it didn’t vanish but it took some painting out.

I struggled to paint her hair, it’s one thing I really don’t have a good approach to, this time after a couple of goes I tried under painting the shapes and tones, when this was dry I used a rigger brush to add detail, this seams to have worked out ok, something to explore more.

 

Sribblings

 

A couple of strange scribblings from my sketchbook.

Not sure where these come from, just start with marks on the page made by scribbling or squashed ink and they sort of grow.

Maybe ideas for future paintings.

Daily sketch

Started this year with a little pledge to sketch a face everyday, things started well but finding a few hours  each day to sketch is not that easy, still I have  started to gather a book full of faces and any practice has got to be good practice, even if its not everyday.

 

Value Line Texture Form Colour Space

 

Last term my art group looked at the 6 elements of art, how they are used and how they work together in art, we all took different motifs to illustrate them, some good learning  to think about when making art.