Sunday, 30 September 2012

Girl on a Bench

                  Girl on a Bench. Pencil 90 x 140 mm                           

Yesterday I went out in the morning to draw because it was a nice bright sunny day. There was a view of South Woodford tube station I had wanted to do for some time, from the other side of the tracks, looking down from the viaduct. When I got there, the position of the sun was such that I would have been squinting. Then I felt I didn't feel like drawing architecture afterall. On the bench by the zebra I spotted a girl with a magazine and her phone. A figure drawing gift!

Friday, 28 September 2012

St Alfege, Greenwich

                St Alfege, Greenwich. Fineliner 140 x 90 mm

I was thinking about other ways in which to get the lines in the right places and I remembered this guy's work I had seen on flickr. He draws spots to mark in the angles and length of his lines. I thought I'd have a go and it works. I didn't do many on this drawing but the system works. Florian makes them part of his style. Have a look at his architects and cities albums.

PS I realise the comment box is not going to work for some of you but I am in the process of changing it to something way more manageable.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

In the beginning was the word ...

and welcome to Art on the Left! 

The rational behind this blog is that it is dedicated to the making of art from a left brain auditory (language) preference, the way I do it, and if my research is right, so do a great many other people. I also think many more would be making art utilising their natural preferences if they had faith in their own type. More about that another day though. 

   Pair of Cranes on the Thames at Greenwich. Pencil 22.9 x 15 cms. 

To start off with (and for no other reason that this drawing is quite recent) I just want to show that depicting a quite complicated scene at a distance needn't be a scary prospect if it is approached by making all things relative.

This took me about an hour and a quarter. Decide which thing is the most important. Keep in mind how much of the surroundings you would like to include. Decide on a scale to work from and start on the main object and work outwards from that point. From here on everything relates to the first decision made; the size and position on the paper of the first line.