Brogan watercolour demo

•February 2, 2016 • 2 Comments

Brogan demo 2

This is today’s demo for Tuesday bunch.

This one looks as if I took more care with the drawing. I wasn’t aware of it though, I try and give it the same attention whether it’s in front of people or working alone. It’s funny how both have a certain likeness to the subject but are also completely different. This one looks a little older and the other looks slightly younger than she is.


Brogan watercolour

•January 30, 2016 • 5 Comments

Brogan watercolour

A watercolour portrait of Brogan. Preparation for a demo on Tuesday. Cool blues in the fleshtones. Her fringe gives the painting an Augustus John vibe!

Drawing #3

•January 4, 2016 • 2 Comments

from a train drawing 3

Drawing #3 in the “from a train” series

This charcoal drawing comes from a blurred ref photo. I put the photo through a couple of instagram filters to further destroy detail and remove some colour from the ref  image. The train is travelling at speed past a wet flooded field. The stream has burst it’s banks.

Drawing 2

•January 3, 2016 • 6 Comments

drawing 2 web

Drawing #2 in the series.

More care was taken on this second one. More layers and better measured.

Using vertical hatching I toned the sky and mid ground. It looks like it’s raining but not intentional. The horizontals in the foreground describe the movement of the train.

I maybe should start another blog devoted to the views from the train. I’ll give it time to show itself as a real project, then decide.

Drawing 1

•December 27, 2015 • 8 Comments

Charcoal fat 1

A view from a train, Jan 2015. This is the first look at what will become a series of drawings and paintings on the landscapes seen from the Glasgow-Irvine train line.

Watercolour – more paint

•December 16, 2015 • Leave a Comment

richard demo finished at home

I had to take this to a finish. I wanted to see how much work I could do to it without overdoing it. It needed to be more like the person for me. It didn’t get close enough in the demo time. So I spent another half hour adding some height, taking out paint where not needed and adding detail where I felt it was missing.

Happier that I did as it is more like the man in question and I don’t feel the need to do any more.  That instinct has to be listened to.

Watercolour demo 16/12/16

•December 16, 2015 • 2 Comments

richard watercolour demo wed

This is the demo today. It’s funny how it is somewhat a likeness just as  yesterdays painting was, but the two portraits could be two entirely different people. This shows up the inaccuracies of the drawing and why, elsewhere,I tend to rely so much on measuring. Having said that, a wandering line or dimension makes for an interesting game of “how far away does the drawing have to be before you lose the person you are painting”.

Watercolour is so immediate, so direct, it has been a wee holiday from the oils.


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