Drawing #3

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

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.

Going back a bit

boy drawing


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.

New sketchbook, new habit

effie facing fox direction

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.

Girl reading

girl reading sketch

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.

Twelve apostles, Catacol

catacol sketch 2014


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.