Sunday, 2 December 2012

Recent Skins, Semblances & Sketches

The proudly poised, 30 mins, the languidly lain, 15.

Double Sarge and an edited Orpen... man I love that blue.

Train tales...

Friday, 30 November 2012


Despite the efforts I was putting into trying to improve my painting by using a hard round brush alone, experimenting with crazy brushes is pretty liberating!

Messyplopssketch aside, I just thought this ink brush was so awesome:

Plus, (same guy sadly, yeah, but...) 20 min. test to try Painter. It's a bit of a shake up coming straight from Photoshop; hotkeys different, and the brushes... I just picked one and went for it, but, great fun, and a refreshing change, I'll be back.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

An Immobile Bandwagon

A trio of time limited studies from an American troika.

They should have been pulling the cart of some personal work, but sadly, for now, no show.

For shame.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Studying from Sargent...

... because I look at his work and it's like a combination of: face melting/"how 'dis WHA?"/MUST GET BETTER!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Wrestling with Nudes

Studies for personal work. A first attempt from last month:

Been trying to combine a traditional process with a great tutorial by Jon Neimeister:

I think my main issues stemmed form the fact that I used reference material of figures on SCALDING white backgrounds, then tried to mix, and work atop warm, muddy bases. it's not easy getting back the neutrality in the reflected light and my shadows often end up too muddy and don't truly reflect the greens and blues I can see in the reference material.

The recent attempt:

Plus two alternates to show the strength of the base:

I think I can say that for now, the figure drawing is alright, and it is my knowledge of colour, appreciation of tone and value that need the work, understandably. The edges of forms need work - they are currently too harsh, leaving an unrealistic/graphic change in the 'shapes'. Learning learning!

Friday, 2 November 2012

Little Parts of Me


The Self Portrait Day 2012 from my 'remote workstation' (Grandparents house).

S'all about the spoon.

And some colour mess I hacked through to try and put some painting effort towards the day when I got back.

Funny how much more 'realistic' the source material looks when mutilated in Photoshop.

Stay Sharp / Don't get lazy - you know it's wrong, so fix it, or knock it back, 'I'm looking at you lips.'
Colour - 'You're not that grey/devoid of life.'

Get to it.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Henry Yan hosts a Lavender Hill-load of Awesome

I attended a wonderful four day Henry Yan workshop at Lavender Hill Studios this week.

It had a bit of everything I'd want to hear from a figure drawing instructor - gesture/anatomy/quick poses/sensitivity and importance of line quality/leading the eye/etc.

His technique is beautiful, quick, accurate and full of energy, and demands a lot of practice!
As he said himself:

Draw all the time; draw lots; when you're tired, get some rest, and when you feel ok, draw some more.

I'm uploading my notes from the week in the hope they may be of some interest or assistance to you, as they will be to me.

My scrawled notes and images don't do his technique justice, but I'm hoping to follow this up with more trials and errors.

All the best!

[Mmmmm... newsprint...]
[P.S. I'm sorry for the horrible layout, I gave up; arranging the thumbnails in a Blog post is literally a nightmare; didn't rage-smash any hardware, but having PTSD flashbacks of trying to move pictures in MS Word.]

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Just like last year, only...

Returned to the BP Portrait Awards at the NPG, along with Toni today. Went to see if a second viewing would yield something new, and I still found myself drawn, not towards the winners, but back to the beast that is Nathan Ford... gotta love those eerie, disintegrating visages!

Monday, 9 April 2012

'Nuff skulls... for now

Broke them up to avoid ugly compositions.


What a difference seeing these on my monitor makes...