Sunday, 23 October 2016
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
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
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
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
Sunday, 22 May 2016
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.
Friday, 29 April 2016
For The South Woodford Village Gazette
Rather more organic than architecture but the rules of proportion remain the same. I drew this in pencil on site, in Waitrose, with permission, and watercolored it at home. On this one, I found that when drawing architectural pieces, I prefer buildings with quirky details, on these fish, it was making the plain ones recognisable that I enjoyed the most. In this case, the Plaice and the Squids.