For those who don't run with the 'right side creative side' brain usage theories; here are the direct observations of a 72% lefty.

Friday, 2 December 2016

Noel Coward

Or, rather, his theatre in St Martin's Lane. In the summer I hit on the brilliant idea of drawing west end theatres. You know, magical places, indeed, palaces where one can escape to and be cosseted in luxury. Well, in old school ones at any rate. Anyway, for some obscure reason, I thought they would be easier to draw than church spires! I can tell you now; they are not. But they do make wonderful images, so I shall pursue the other 15 on my list with great gusto.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Brides Revisited

A couple of years ago, you may remember, I had a thing about fashion illustration. This was a commission for a wedding present, after the event. As the pose was already on the elegant side, I didn't have to be too inventive. Anyway, painting white on white was rather fun, Chinese White watercolour for the translucent veil, and then Zinc White gouache to pick out the folds and embroidery. Skin tone was made up of Naples Yellow, Chinese White and a spot or two of Cadmium Red Pale. Well, I think that was it, but it doesn't take too long to figure it out. With watercolour, go in thin, re-glaze as necessary, and preferably with a little gum arabic.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Ukrainian Cathedral near Bond Street

Or or give it it's original name, King's Weigh House Chapel. Dedicated in 1891, the immense piece of late Victorian Gothic Revival occupies a corner of Binney Street W1. Not a particular fan of the style, but you have got to admire the imagination and craftsmanship of the guys who put these things up. And, if one relishes a perspective challenge, I don't think it could be better (or worse). 

Monday, 18 July 2016

Into the distance, from Peter Jones.

On my site, I have called this The Albert Memorial. I think it's in the general direction, and when the sun is shining, you can see flashes of gold. For the past couple of years, I've concentrated on close ups of buildings, no setting or context included. But the lure of the horizon, albeit a West London one, began to beckon. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Three Guardian Angels

The Church of the Guardian Angels in Mile End Road needed to be included in my Point me to the Skies series just for its name alone! Also, it is a very quirky design; and I was reliably informed by a passer by who goes in the five times a day, that it is 147 years old . Anyway, this took me three goes before I felt I had it 'spire suitable'. I love the first one (top) but I wanted something a tad neater. The second effort resulted in a distorted view owing to my close proximity and having to look up at a more acute angle. And lastly, the minimal lines with a way better standing point. Close up studies are great, but remember, what ends up on your paper, is what you see.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

St Peter Vere Street 350º

I thought I had finished the spire set. I was going to draw something else. Then a friend alerted me to the large group to be found in the environs of SW3; Kensington, Chelsea, etc. But a tad closer to home, well, Oxford Circus at any rate, I discovered St Peter in Vere Street. I'd started to miss going for it just with my fineliner, so I left my beloved 0.5 HB clutch in the pencil case. Two hours later, job done.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Kings Cross St Pancras

After a couple of months umm-ing and ah-ing about it, I decided today was the day and got the paint box out. In a previous post on this drawing, I owned up to using the 'wrong sort' of paper for using only a 0.5 clutch pencil. I'd taken photos on the day, just in case, but as luck would have it, they were nowhere to be found. Sometimes, one's memory, imagination, and Google images, is a good thing.