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 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.
Lime green undrpainting on this one. I chose this to oppose the red hair. I like how it turns out. Brings an freshness to the flesh tones too.
A quick 5 minuter for the Tuesday homework. A pair of poundshop spectacles in pencil. Not wearing them at the time, obviously; hence, the pic is out of focus!
A drawing from 1989. I was looking for these drawings I did when I first went to an art club. This was stuck in an old sketchbook at the back of a bookshelf, not seen light of day for a while. I drew then without any sense of technique or mannerism. I see this as something I would find quite difficult to do now, to draw with this freshness and straightforwardness. Sometimes we can see too much of the art world and lose the direct act of seeing and recording.
Well, that’s the idea. New sketchbook should encourage new work and I am hopeful of a new habit.
Effie can’t take her eyes away from the direction the foxes sometimes appear, in the corner of the field. She has chased them on a few occasions but luckily for her, and me, none have fancied a fight. She wouldn’t last a minute.
Taking a different approach. Finding the edge from less considered marks. Moving and correcting edges as I go.
The beginnings of a drawing. An exercise in finding proportion within an imagined box. Put more simply, starting with a top and bottom line and then a left and right edge to make a rectangle for the figure to fit inside.
We are trying our hand at figure sketching this week. I joined in and produced this drawing of Kate reading. You have to keep checking, plumbing lines to be in control of the drawing. I should be doing this stuff more often (drawing). Treat it like an athlete would in training.
Final post from my Arran sketchbook. Took a trip to the north of the island to visit the old house. These are the twelve apostles in Catacol ( only six in the sketch, midges in abundance) . I used to live in the second one from the left. The sea is on the doorstep and virtually no traffic passes by. Fine days, but eventually had to get back to real life! (my perspective, of course). The cottages form a terrace and are all identical apart from the front upstairs window. No two windows are the same, apparently for fishermen to identify their home when out at sea.