Monthly Archives: June 2015

A Drawing A Day – Week 25

Aha! a lightbulb moment – don’t laugh, I have discovered perspective! I know, I know ………..it’s so blinking obvious but I have been oblivious.  A lucky find in a local charity shop led to a haul of drawing books and some intense reading, I got ‘A Foundation Course in Drawing’ by Peter Stanyer and Terry Rosenberg, ‘The Drawing Handbook’ by Frank J Lohan & ‘The Ultimate Book of Drawing’ by Barrington Barber – all three for the princely sum of £7.00, a bargain I felt.

The Drawing Handbook had a lot of really useful practical stuff that I feel I really should know already (like perspective and the golden section) and I think when the life drawing classes end in a couple of weeks I will try and follow the step by step lessons in the Foundation Course book – they look really interesting and the authors are ex Royal College of Art graduates.  Watch this space………..

Anyway, back to perspective, I am really going to have a good go at unwonking my wonky buildings using the horizon, eye level and vanishing points and all the good advice I have learned.

This week’s life drawing focused on the head and getting a likeness – how hard is that!  Anyway, I think I have captured a whisper of a likeness in each one, in the first one I have got the mouth sort of right and in the second one I have caught her direct gaze (even though it does not look like her).  And poor John (done before I had any tuition) looks soooooo gloooooomy, poor boy.

This weeks daubs…….

168 Meadow

168 Meadow

169 Poppy

169 Poppy

170 Poppy leaves

170 Poppy leaves

171 An unflattering portrait

171 An unflattering portrait

172 Feather

172 Feather

173-1 Portrait

173-1 Portrait

173-2 Another portrait

173-2 Another portrait

174 Campanula

174 Campanula

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A Drawing A Day – Week 24

A bit of drama with the making of drawing 164 – drawing whilst having a bonfire is not a good idea!  Too much fuel on the fire made it quite fierce and hot with smuts flying all over the place. I got a bit panicky so had to pay attention to keeping the fire under control, and when it had died down then the rain started………. So first fire and then water – I lost heart with my sketching and went indoors for a nice cup of tea.  And drawing 165 has the record for being the sketch that took the least amount of time (but at least I took my drawing things on my walk).

161 Honeysuckle

161 Honeysuckle

162 Clematis

162 Clematis

163 Wonky Sheds

163 Wonky Sheds

164 Half started sheds

164 Half started sheds (driven away by fire and water!)

165 30 second scene

165 30 second scene

166 Life Drawing

166 Life Drawing

167 Corner of the garden

167 Corner of the garden

A Drawing A Day – Week 23

It still does not feel like summer here, we are having a long cold spring, I think we have only had one hot day so far.  But the countryside is green and spectacular and the weeds in the garden are flourishing.  Yesterday was day 160, and I have not missed a day, I deserve a pat on the back (pats herself on the back).  Anyway, here are this week’s efforts, I am really enjoying the water colour pencils and have treated myself to a few more (the boxed set has a very poor selection of greens) so I am waiting impatiently for the postman.

154 Pyrethrum

154 Pyrethrum

155 Front Door and Mangle

155 Front Door and Mangle

156 Woodstore

156 Woodstore

157 Silver Birch and Bamboo

157 Silver Birch and Bamboo

158 Plate of cherries

158 Plate of cherries

159-1 Life Drawing

159-1 Life Drawing

159-2 Life Drawing

159-2 Life Drawing

160 Ox-eye daisy

160 Ox-eye daisy

A Drawing A Day – Week 22

Just pictures this week, I don’t feel like writing.

147 Paycocks House

147 Paycocks House

148 Our House

148 Our House

149 Sunflower

149 Sunflower

150 Rose

150 Rose

150 Vase of roses

150 Vase of roses

152-1 Life Drawing

152-1 Life Drawing

152-2 Life Drawing

152-2 Life Drawing

153 Graphite Rose

153 Graphite Rose