Thursday, 31 January 2013

1st London Urban Sketch of the Year

St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square

On 30th January I deemed it warm enough to stand outside and draw for half an hour. Okay, so I'm weedy like that but it's not as if I haven't been working at anything. This drawing of the top of a church goes well with the one I did of St Alfege's in Greenwich last year. I would also like to draw the church near Spitalfields in the same way. I don't often use a pen but this sort of subject is ideal. I just like picking out the bits that make it special, like the circular windows and the pagoda style of some of the stonework. I like to make accurate reference to time as well, here by getting in some cast shadows. 

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Dorwiy, at 17

Dorwiy. Pencil 170 x 130 mm 

This is my latest portrait. As any child will tell you, their 'fluffy animals' are alive. Doing a child's cuddly toy is the same as drawing a human. A likeness still has to be found, and of course the more the creature has been hugged and loved, the more of a personality it has. Bit like us really.