Saturday, 28 September 2013

Distant Tertiaries

        NE from George Lane Viaduct. Watercolour 148 x 105 mm 

I meant to do a large painting today, well A4 at any rate. But the vantage points I spotted yesterday weren't as good as I remembered so I dug out a suitable spot to get this view down. There drawback was that the area was totally devoid of flatish surfaces so I had to hold my WN field box, complete with water pot in the same hand as the paper. Then the wind got up, so I thought, "Quit while you're ahead."

Monday, 23 September 2013

No Man's Land

Somewhere between George Lane and Woodford Bridge

I've often looked out over these vague non places which float around the periphery of built up areas. The grey strip in the foreground is the M25 on its run up to Charlie Brown's Roundabout. Behind it, the sprawling mass of undefined bushes and trees, masquerading as a backdrop for some Eastern European fairy tale. In your dreams.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

"Nothin' gonna break my stride"

 Fashion Illustration Shoreditch

I went back to Paper Dress Vintage last night; I hadn't been for about five months. The top two took less than a minute, and the last was posed for two minutes. I want to prove the point that intense, prolonged concentration doing observational drawing, regardless of the subject and the medium, has an incredible knock on effect across the board. Having spent three weeks of the summer recording in ink the urban chaos that is Arequipa, another pay off showed when using a pencil for figure work. Quicker, better line quality, and getting proportion right without having to measure it out. Simples!

Monday, 16 September 2013

The famous building of Cleveland Mews

The Post Office Tower. Fineliner 210 x 149 mm

I've wanted to have a go at this for ages, because it looks weird, is part of the '60's and I have a jig-saw puzzle of it.
Getting a good close up view without having to crick ones neck is another matter. But securing a window  table in the fourth floor cafe of John Lewis' was relatively simple.

The two dots on the second section denote the position of the BT logo, which I didn't put in because the Post Office had this built, and name changing in the board room doesn't change historical fact.