Thursday, 26 March 2015

More colour

Still playing with colour to see what happens.

Like how this is sometimes figure and sometimes colour pattern.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Dr Martins

No, not the boots, the ink.

Well they call it Concentrated water color ( USA spelling Grrr ) But it works more like ink. I have had favourite colours like Slate blue and Tobacco brown for years. The colours are so vivid and in your face. Took a bottle of Pumpkin to life drawing...

Initially a bit of a mess, but then it calmed down and I got some actually drawing done with it. Was using the pipette to draw with so I could control ( sort of ) the amount of ink coming out.

Finished off later when the ink had dried by knocking out the background colour to bring the figure forward.

The model, incidentally, was the same guy who was on the BBC's 'The Big Painting Challenge' the other Sunday, demurely pre watershed in a loin cloth. Hehe. 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Back 2 back

At life drawing last week the models sat back to back, like 'bookends' the organiser called it.

A good challenge. Always pulls you up when you have two bodies in relation to each other, because of the relative positions, what looks good for one body you can see is wrong for the other. It is a very good way of keeping your eye relative.

Saturday, 21 March 2015


Not the best of efforts, but by drawing with an eye dropper full of ink on watercolour paper the blotting spread gives a very pleasing effect.

We decided it looked like prodigious body hair and an elegant, gentle fart.

Ho hum. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Lady ( in red )

Ah the memories that song brings back ! Those innocent days.

Tried to limit myself to one colour for this one, seeing how much depth I could get.

Alizarin crimson ( which I alway think should be the name of a Russian Cosmonaut. )

A friend has pointed out her armpit area should probably be darker, and he is right. But it was tricky to maintain the degrees of shade when the brush got to the point where it could only either put the paint on or take it off, but not layer it.

Maybe, now it has had a few days to dry it might take to a little additional shading.

Might try that.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Primary Colours

Tried this sketch using just Red, Yellow and Blue.

Then tried the same colours but different style.

Something to explore more.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Have I already posted this one ?

I think I have, but it is still sitting in the 'to post' folder.

From last year. 

Apologies if it has been around already.

Pleased with it.

Monday, 2 March 2015


This guy turned to look at his friend when his friend was talking, but then, when he was talking he looked away into the middle distance.

Is this something we all do ? Must investigate more.