Sunday drawing

 

I’m on holiday, so a great opportunity to do some portrait practice. Am very pleased with the baby drawing.

I used very different papers for these and the paper for the old lady was way too smooth. It was very hard to work with. So, I’ve learned something!

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Another quick sketch

Another quick portrait. You know, I think it's time that I started taking more time over these. Check measurements, aim for a likeness, that kind of thing.

They're fun, though

 

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Sketching

One from the other day

 

 

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Weekend art

Well, I'm STILL not well (yes, I know, it's getting boring now, isn't it?) so I've just been doing casual sketching / art with not a lot of effort or intent.

Yesterday, I sketched these two characters using Conte Pierre Noire

I really Iove the creaminess and richness of the Pierre Noire pencil and find it much easier to control than charcoal.

Then I sketched this person roughly on a large sheet of paper

She's very flawed and I'm not going to finish her, but I quite like her all the same.

Next, another abandoned attempt:

As you can see, she ended up looking quite snooty and ugly. I may go back to this one at some point but I don't find pastels very compatible with my over sensitive sinuses.

Finally, a quick and lazy coloured pencil sketch:

 

And finally, there's Bob. Bob works in a car showroom and eats too many crisps. He's not a very nice person, really. I love it when the characters tell me something about themselves.

So a relatively productive weekend and I'm pleased I made myself do stuff despite not really feeling in the mood for it.

 

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Yearbook photo in ink

I wanted to try to be a bit more precise, or perhaps economical, with my lines so I thought I'd try a sketch straight to pen, with no pencil measuring. It was quite a challenge and I got the shape of the face quite wrong, so I reworked it a little. Getting a likeness is hard…

 

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Another sketch from bed

Still ill (boooo) and M is even worse, so I did another sketch in bed from a photo reference. It's an awkward makeshift working area and I was working in the half light of the bedside lamp. Not ideal – but I do like the basics of this style and would like to develop it.

 

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Charcoal

I wasn't going to sign up for any classes this year. I want to watch the pennies a little and also I have a huge backlog of books and courses to try. But I began seeing the output of Misty Mawn's Face to Face class and I knew I had to join in. Her courses are always so generously full of inspiring videos.

BUT I have exams coming up so I'm trying to hold back and not get too stuck in, so for now I'm just keeping to the charcoal lessons.

I find charcoal really challenging. Incredibly so. I'm sure it's a question of practice but, boy, do I get frustrated. Plus I'm really not sure that the charcoal is good for my allergies. I may need to rethink this a little.

But, for now, here's two efforts at charcoal. My first in quite a while. Brought to you with blood, sweat and tears. And sneezes and coughs… ;-)

 

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