Monday, 31 July 2017
Working drawings. I used to do all my work from life as a finished piece in it's own right. My theatres are a halfway house of the process, but these are the genuine article. Not intended for public view (even though they're on here) created on layout paper and certainly not finished. The sloane square lamp will be reduced, traced off on a lightbox and then will end up as a neat little drawing with my carbon pen in carbon ink. The rather bizarre one on the right is the base of a drawing I did complete from life, of the two boys lighting the lamp by Cadogan Pier. I ran out of space when I first drew it, and I'd promised myself I'd go back and finish it off. This likewise will be put through the scanner and with the help of some reference shots to fill in the details, will somehow join its other half.I did do a couple more this afternoon, but they really are only intelligible to me ;)
Monday, 29 May 2017
|Ruby 1 & 4|
This was the time to revist the original and see if with a little acceptance of a ruby's characteristics, and those of Alizarin and Cadmium red, had I done such a bad job afterall?
Nothing that a damp brush couldn't fix, no. This was bourne out by that great arbiter of worth; the new amount of likes on Instagram.
Sunday, 30 April 2017
These may not be architecture, but they are still geometric shapes. Even though they are way smaller than my building drawings, they still took me a long time to paint. The garnet at 37mm across, consumed two and half hours. All from photographs, regrettably!
Thursday, 6 April 2017
Back outside, and in Granary Square at the end of March. Still lots of building work going on around Kings Cross, so I took another opportunity to draw some cranes and a couple of planes. Anyway, a good exercise in hand eye co-ordination, and speed, as the evening chill factor quickly drove us inside The Lighterman.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
I like tracing paper, and light boxes, but especially tracing paper. I find it much easier to draw on, and erase from, than normal paper. And yes, going over the back, and then tracing onto the final surface can be a tad tedious. But, I find working like this seems to give a less mechanical finish than going straight in from a light box. Also, I feel there is a little bit of me, that gets transferred through the translucency of an old school Silvine tracing pad. For the Feb/March '17 South Woodford Village Gazette.
Sunday, 12 February 2017
One of many. There are some old ones on Chelsea Embankment and newer looking versions on King's Road. The old ones have a base like this, the newer ones are a bit deeper. This took me a while to complete, and I remembered again, the artist's adage, 'look twice, or draw twice'. If not that; spend a shed load of time on Photoshop. I'm not saying what I did.
Saturday, 11 February 2017
This is the last time I'm going to faff about with the title. Art on the Left has a history, which I am not going to deny. And it sounds snappier than Drawn to the Left. So apart from the more accurate sub title, this is how it's going to be. There are a couple of new different drawings on my site blog evelynrowland.co.uk/blog and on urbansketchers-london.blogspot.com/ I am going to have drawings on
here again, just not today.
here again, just not today.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
I miss Art on the Left, but it doesn't fit anymore. But the 'Left' is still applicable, as all my drawings tend to lean over in that direction, generally by 1º. When I initially noticed, I put it down to being unthinking, so I tried very hard to concentrate, and get my verticals straight up. My eyes, however, saw differently. I tried rotating 1º to the right in photoshop, but they looked 'wrong', all stiff and starchy. So that is when I realised that our little quirks that make us, 'us', need to be embraced.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Yesterday I posted my last post on here, or so I thought. Funny how one gets attached to the virtual, isn't it. I started a blog up on my site (which I will be keeping) and decided to leave this one. But I missed having all the little things in the side bar, and a title and picture as a permanent feature. The page tracking thing is annoying, but that only affects me. I may make a few changes, but I'm not going anywhere haha.