Mes: febrero 2018

Russian You tube video – Contemporary Drawing

Interesting and varied contemporary drawings in a Russian exhibition:

There was an interesting range of contemporary drawings – traditional drawings in pencil/pen, installations using wire, video and photography, large and small formats.

I liked the wire installation of electrical pylons etc – a subject in one of my drawings for Part 3 and also similar to the work of David Oliviera – who also works with wire.


Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 6 The head Exercise 1 Facial Features

For this exercise I cut out various elements from magazines – mostly fashion type images and stuck them in my sketchbook. I then drew some elements before making a couple of head drawings based on my own head looking in a mirror.



Then I compared a few images of eyes drawn/painted by Picasso – the master of eyes and creativity….

What a variety of different styles and mediums! An example that there really is no limit – the limit is your own imagination.

My drawings of a couple of self portraits:

They were not big as I drew them in my A5 sketchbook.

The first in pencil and the second using Prismacolor marker pens. I then made a blind contour drawing:


I did not use any form of measurement in these drawings and that was the reason they did not really look like me. They do however represent the head in a believable form.

Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 5 The Moving figure – Exercise 2 Groups of figures

People watching and sketching is something that I enjoy.  I cheated a little in this exercise as I have included recent drawings made ‘on the move’ in the airport and in the park:

In the airport…

It is surprising how much people move about even when the are patiently (or not so patiently) waiting in line – even the man on the phone kept moving about!

In the park…

The LH drawing was of a group of figures playing cards (A blind contour drawing) and the RH one of a family talking and moving around while preparing a BBQ.

In all of these drawings there was not perhaps sufficient information to make a finished drawing however it was good practice for life drawing – one to two minute sketches of models.

In ‘Experimental drawing’ there is a fascinating drawing in ink by Francesco Guardi:


Francesco Guardi (1712-1793) A Venetian Scene. Pen and sepia wash.

I can just imagine him in the middle of a square, small sketchbook in hand making this exquisite drawing with a quill pen and brush. This was obviously quickly drawn but the angular perspective is very accurate and there is a sense of movement in the figures which draws you in to try and find out more from within the scene.

I will have to try something similar in pen and ink – as this is a medium that I enjoy using.




Part 4 The figure and the head

Part 4 The figure and the head

Project 5 The moving figure – Exercise 1 Single moving figure

There is nothing so joyful as to see a child in their imaginary world ignoring all around them….this was just such a moment….our two year old grand-daughter with a tutu dancing in front of a window bathed with sunlight which acted as a spotlight during her performance.

This was a major exercise for me and I was exhausted after drawing constantly for about 2 hours and then frustratingly editing the pictures in Adobe Photoshop and Premiere – Photoshop I was familiar with but I was using Premiere for the first time!

Obviously the influence was William Kentridge as I have watched his videos on YouTube many times, and studied his wonderfully illustrated book Fortune edited by Lilian Tone.

This was the moving figure – moving – not in quite the same way as Kentridge – as this video was really like a slide show but like Kentridge I was constantly editing the same picture. What remains is a series of captured images that are then stitched together in a movie.

Hands on hips, the little jump (not high enough), and the belly stuck out…I believe that I have captured the spirit of movement in this exercise.

Exhausting but well worth the effort!