Saturday, 13 May 2017

sketchbook May 20017



More experimenting with Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer pencils which are water soluble. Alo using the Faber-Castell Polychromos range, white paint markers and black Pentel brush marker. Eyes seem to be my focus and faces are 'held back' with nets, veils or other structures.


I'm aware of concealing some of the initial images resulting in the faces peeping through, hidden, which is also reflected by the juxtaposition of the face on the page.


Occasionally I'll leave an image unaltered because it doesn't need anything else.



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Friday, 5 May 2017

sketchbook April/May 20017


Started a new sketchbook in April, a small Winsor & Newton 4 1/2ins x 5 1/2ins, spiral bound. 170gsm paper.


I also picked up a box of watercolour crayons from Tiger. Didn't know how these were going to work as crayons are waxy but there was a certain amount of soluble colour mixed with them. So they could be used as crayons and also as watercolours with a bit of waxy texture added.




I left pencil lines from each loose sketch, colouring over the top. Another layer of crayons and water could be used once the previous layer had dried. I liked the texture that remained.


Used pentel brush pen in black over the surface of a few drawings and added some white acrylic paint pen.


The black can give a sinister feeling to the drawings.


A background of texture from layers of white acrylic made the watercolour washes from the crayons more visually interesting.



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Saturday, 22 April 2017

A year gone by...


A year has passed since I first started this blog, 12 months, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525600 minutes or 31536000 seconds. And for the last couple of weeks I've been thinking long and hard about how I want to continue blogging.


Posting three times a week has sometimes proved difficult. I find I'm thinking about the postings and not my artistic development. It might seem more productive this year to work at my art processes and blog when I have something new. A different dynamic. At the very least I need to blog once a week and may, or may not, blog twice a week depending upon what material I have to share. Although this will result in less blogs what should become apparent is my development as an artist rather than being a blogger who 'does art'.

Roll on Year 2...



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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Black and White 3


Re-doing a previous drawing 'Mother of Bees'. Link to a previous blogpost Artwork process: Mother of Bees


Using pencil eraser and new fineliners. Colouring in the shirt pattern was meditative.






Background comes from the zigzag movement made by bees in flight...




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Friday, 7 April 2017

Black and White 2


Second black and white drawing. Used same pens and pencils as the first (black and white) though I added some Payne's Grey coloured pencil to her hair.


Soft pencil sketches on A3 Bristol Board...


Favourite retractable rotring propelling pencil, pencil eraser and unipin fineliner...




Coloured background in black Sharpie as before and used a Faber-Castell PITT marker in white to create a circular pattern behind the figure and dragons.


My uniPin fineliners were on their last legs so time to break out a set of drawing pens my son had bought online. Although not being a known brand they work just fine.


Liquitex acrylic paint marker gave the skin an ivory tone.




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Monday, 3 April 2017

Black & White


After testing out a number of white pencil and markers I decided to do a black and white drawing. Pens used included uniPin black fineliners, uniBall Signo white gel, Liquitex white paint marker, uniPosca white paint marker, black Sharpie and Pentel black brush pen. I used A3 Bristol Board.




This was very much a doodle rather than a planned drawing as I wanted to try out working with black and white mediums together. Penciled and inked it and began to fill out the black areas first. The background needed to have its own texture so I blocked it out with black Sharpie and overlaid with dots of white from the Faber-Castell PITT marker which I'd found gave a soft effect.


FInished the piece by roughly painting over the skin areas with Liquitex white which looked more ivory than white against the paper. I liked the rough technique alongside the defined black lines and feel that I'm getting closer to the kind of artworks I want to make. Something a bit more 'painterly'.






I redid the mouth as I wasn't happy even though this was a doodle and I'm not usually pernickety when it comes to doodles - they're the practise/ideas-down kind of drawings. Using the brush pen I drew lips over layers of Liquitex white which had covered the original mouth. I couldn't use a fineliner as it would have broken the surface of the paint whereas the brush pen was softer. I liked the result, and I'll use this mix of mediums again. 






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