Categoría: Sketchbooks

Part 2 Intimacy

Research point – Positive and negative space

For this research I checked out the work of Gary Hume, Patrick Caulfield and also encountered the work of Elsworth Kelly (an American minimalist artist) who also created some interesting positive and negative artworks.

After looking at the work of these artists I decided to make some thumbnail sketches and ideas – copying and imitating their work.  See below:

After starting my thumbnail sketches – trying to imitate paintings by Patrick Caulfield – I realised just how difficult it is to make a satisfactory image – for me the RH middle sketch was my most successful.

I then made some more sketches from works by Ellsworth Kelly and Gary Hume:

 

Again it was very clear to me that these artists used their substantial experience and skill in the composition of their paintings and in their minimal use of colour. I will return to their work again when experimenting in my sketchbook and in the following still life exercises within Part 2.

 

Research – Experimental drawings

Blind contour drawings

I have started reading through Robert Kaupelis’ amazing book Experimental Drawing (Watson Guptill – 1980) and have started making some blind contour drawings.

I am hooked and love the expressive results – I am continuing to work through the exercises offered in the book and will continue to publish my results.

The above drawings are in pencil but I intend to experiment further using both wet and dry media with a variety of drawing implements.

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Sketchbooks

I have been making a big effort to use my sketchbooks whilst away from home and when studying. Using the sketchbook is difficult everyday for me with work commitments but I will continue to find a routine where this is possible.

During my recent trips to Europe and Bolivia, I made several rapid sketches in a small pocket sketchbook (which I love) – occasionally also using my A5 sketchbook as well.

I have been using a papermate ballpoint pen and a Faber Castell propelling HB pencil with rubber which I find very convenient when travelling.

Small sketchbook studies:

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Street Corner Dusseldorf (May 2017)
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Bike on the bridge Dusseldorf (May 2017)
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View from the window Dusseldorf (May 2017)

La Paz Bolivia has many features to draw/paint but the altitude (aprox. 4.000m – 12,000ft above sea level) is oppresive!

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Plaza Murillo La Paz Bolivia (May 2017)
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Plaza Murillo La Paz Bolivia (May 2017)

My plane was delayed due to fog on my return journey so I was able to make many rapid sketches of the people also waiting in the airport:

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Boarding the plane La Paz Bolivia (May 2017)
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Plane delayed La Paz Bolivia (May 2017)
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People watching La Paz Bolivia (May 2017)

I enjoy sketching people and street corners – particularly where movement, transport etc is concerned – I have also noted that I like street signs, traffic lights, directions etc – perhaps a connection to my travels which I started at the age of just 18 visiting all corners of the earth – something that I have never really stopped!

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Street Corner Dusseldorf (May 2017)
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Yellow cable car La Paz Bolivia (May 2017)