Formal Assessment – images

This is a detail from my sketchbook; drawings of metallic birds in biro, and watercolour finger-painted into place. The support is pink sugar paper pasted into the book. It was probably the first time I had made loose drawings of this kind and it came after buying a copy of Henry Moore’s book full of ‘wire frame’ drawings of sheep. I think this series of drawings represents something of an early milestone in exploration of different media and supports as I had never used either before. My approach to drawing had also changed in this work, looser and less ‘perfect’. … Continue reading Formal Assessment – images

Assignment 4, self portrait

The task is to draw a self portrait of any size in any medium and to find an interesting perspective, which means it’s the first time I’ve taken a selfie from below jaw level and discovered my nose has a central deviation to the right. It’s a wonder the rest of it is lined up as it should be. This is not the up-nostril shot, this is the warm-up, off-centre, eyeball-shift aspect. Biro to see if I can find some shapes that might work. Another quick sketch – white conte on black gesso. The aim, unlike the one above, is … Continue reading Assignment 4, self portrait

Part 4 Assignment 4 preparatory work seated figure

Line drawing. Influences: David Hockney’s simplicity of line even in his paintings, and Henry Moore’s circular wire-frame marks. I am including Egon Schiele because of his expert economy of line although I abhor his subject matter; nevertheless he comes to my conscious mind enough to suspect that his techniques are woven into my impressions. Finally Paula Rego whose robust figures draw me for all sorts of reasons, including the volume she achieves with lines and marks. Hockney. This tiny clip of a clip illustrates just how simple lines can be and still suggest shape, volume, and texture. The pillow is … Continue reading Part 4 Assignment 4 preparatory work seated figure