From the train – charcoal revisited


A charcoal study looking at a view somewhere along the Glasgow Irvine line. I forget exactly where but if I need to I can find out fairly easily!

This is from a cold January, same as the last post. Actually from the same journey. I could produce a whole lot of work from that one journey. Snow, bare trees, industry and fields aplenty.

Unfinished drawing (sure?)


Just a bit to go on this drawing, not too much though! This is Amy and Megan together and linked in arms. I prefer the square format and use it whenever I can. Again, this is prep for an oil painting that I might get a chance of doing over the summer. I have been looking at Bonnard lately and would love to push the colours like his, on a portrait. I’d have to marry my realist style with an expressionist edge. It’s worth a bash.

All together now…


To illustrate my thoughts on this series in the last post, here are the three portraits together, in chronological order. (The charcoal is part of a full figure drawing so the head is smaller in reality). So you can see that they all represent Sandy, but isn’t it strange that the differences are quite visible, yet still the likeness is convincing.(of course, you’ll have to take my word on that, never having met him!)
The variations are due to the freehand approach to all three. These would be smaller if I decided to measure the drawing.
I said before that its reassuring to know you have this freedom in the drawing, so this may encourage me to measure or trace far less in the future.

Charcoal drawing


I’ve been trying some charcoal sketching in the past few days. Just some found images to practice on.
This one is from a portait photograph of Malcolm Fraser By Andrew Zuckerman. A cracking pose gives the sitter a dignity and poise. I’ll use this practice as a stepping stone to drawings of my own photos and to a series of charcoal portraits from life. That sounds like a commitment!
This drawing, I didnt use any measuring. I put the marks down and adjusted as I went. The outcome has an inaccuracy in places; the head is slightly too big. But I can put up with this as I enjoy the freedom of discovery in the drawing. The sitters left hand is a bit limp. I had a hard time finding the form there. More to come