Saturday, 19 December 2015

The spires are reproducing ...

Very little new drawing has gone on for the the last few weeks due to getting ready for a show! Yes, it's going to be very exciting having these little drawings get together and take on a life of their own. Top, my new business cards, and bottom, a sample of A6 postcards on recycled card. 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Two of Five

There are smaller versions of all five on my site, and the one off West End and City print. All I have to do now is sort out the packaging, and then, print on demand!

Friday, 23 October 2015

Another George

This one is The George. I'd been going back and forth about drawing this for weeks, so on Monday I ventured up the High Road to find the best view minus the traffic lights. The steps are the most important part of the picture; I like the way they encroach onto the pavement, giving an invitation to come and go as one pleases.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Made in Chelsea

Cadogan Pier

I was down here on Saturday on a London Urban Sketchers' Crawl. I also said I wasn't going to come back as it's on the other side of town to me. So on Monday morning I was heading for Sloane Square and a no. 22 bus. Not that I would dare to add to the great works of P L Travers but if Mary Poppins were ever around, the boy would climb down from the lamp post, the street signs would point the way to all sorts of impossible destinations; and of course one would be flown there sitting on the Sphinx bench.

and the Indian ink one

Friday, 2 October 2015

George Green

Wanstead, to be precise. This is those delightful convoluted Victorian public drinking fountains. Anyway I fancied the challenge and thought it would make a somewhat involved study. I took some 14" x 11" paper with me which was just as well as I got too close to work in my normal comfort zone of A5.  On the second  site visit I fancied putting in a bit of background, the telephone box and flats on the A12, making it part of normality.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Constable Landscape

I remembered this delightful piece when me and John Constable (yes really!) started following each other on Twitter. You will have to click on this to make it big enough to read, but it's well worth it. I copied it out from a book my mum has on Suffolk during the Festival of Britain. I was doing my Art A level at the time and things like what colours painters' used was hugely important. Even now, when I go to mix a green, I still often think 'What would John do?'

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Pentagon Nightmare

I came across this lovely octagonal brick ceiling in a Victorian Gothic Revival pile, designed by Alfred Waterhouse who is also responsible for The Natural History Museum. Way too nice a design to leave undrawn, I sat down in the stained glass and decorative tiled porch to have a go. Then there was the glass shade, which I was going to miss out because something told me drawing a foreshortened pentagon was not going to be a piece of cake. 

Okay, I still sat there for an hour and a half but I found the same principles of measuring your angles in the air hold true no matter what place your head is at.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

The Display Copy

Point Me To The Skies

Well, here it is, the first giclee print. There will be a set of five altogether. The artist book will appear when I've decided on how to make it, and thanks to Pinterest that shouldn't be too much of a problem :)

Saturday, 15 August 2015

The door is always open

The Eagle is a Toby Carvery. It has lovely ironwork which is quite difficult to draw on a small scale and if I draw all of it, I run the risk of the whole piece being just about that. I know the ironwork is what makes The Eagle, The Eagle but I wanted to pay attention to the umbrellas and the steps leading up to the open front door. This took three visits, about four hours work. Making art isn't just about what you put in or leave out, it's also about the times in-between, what happens when you're not there.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Found Interior

I've gone large on this, 14" x 11"! I didn't mean to, but it was a question of scale, being close up. The challenge here is the Buddleia. As mass of organic forms that I have to draw with some sort of arrangement. When there isn't any. Anyway, after getting the general idea down, for once it was easier to find some on 'images' and be inventive. 

The lighting is somewhat staged too. It was daylight when I started and completely dark outside when I called time. The giveaway being the cast shadow beneath the peg bag. I have burnt the candle at both ends in my friend's kitchen, so I think that makes it alright then, doesn't it :)

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Why draw just one?

St Mary Somerset Tower
Actually there are eight but seven out of eight isn't bad, I couldn't fit them all on, Moleskine format isn't really good for multiple ornaments. Anyhow, this did take a while. Two visits on site (Upper Thames Street) and because I liked the pencil drawing so much I decided to trace off and amend it for finaliser. Not my original game plan but times change and our processors and reasonings with it. So, there are now 60 London churches which will materialise as group posters, single prints and cards. They are all together on the Spires Project at St Paul's Cathedral has made a start.

Monday, 29 June 2015

City Temple, from 33 Holborn

This is one of the original set drawn on the older thicker deep cream Moleskine sketchbook paper. Also, one of those I did straight in with the fineliner. Today I returned to the scene of the crime to add some more detail and maybe go for some shade as well. I thought I could get better defined shapes on the ornaments but that wasn't going to happen. It wasn't that my drawing of three years ago had been slapdash, I really had drawn what I could see; even if not quite all of it. PS I've bought a new toy, a directional compass! This was at 102 degrees, East by south. And 33 Holborn is better known as Sainsburys' Head Office.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

The Ritz Pharmacy

A little word of advice; don't be lulled into a false sense of ease when faced with the possibility of drawing an elevation as opposed to a perspective. The Ritz Pharmacy took about an hour, standing outside the American Dry Cleaners in Hampstead High Street. Although one can judge a certain amount of proportions by eye, please put in some construction lines to start with. Especially in the centre so all three floors' windows can line up. It makes all the difference between rubbing out and starting again, to getting more done. Just owning up ...

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Unfinished business

St James Garlickhythe

This afternoon about four o'clock I decided that I simply must go back to the City and add a little more to this church which is also  known as 'Wren's Lantern'. Walking down Queen Victoria Street, I did wonder why I didn't do more on it the first time round. Half an hour later, counting urns and columns; I remembered.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Draw them while you can ...

Between 156 and 153 Strand

This, and it's equally lovely neighbours are under threat of demolition. Just because places have stood for hundred's of years doesn't mean they will continue to do so. Norton Folgate is another doomed site. As Michelangelo said, "Draw! Draw! Draw more! Draw constantly, there isn't a moment to lose!"

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Covering all the angles part 2

Very simple technique and it will so improve your confidence, style and speed, not to mention accuracy! 

Track the angle you wish to draw with your eye whilst moving your pencil on the paper in the same direction and at the same speed.

Check the angle of your line by laying the pencil on it, then without twisting the pencil, shut one eye to remove focusing problems, and hold it up to the angle of the object you are drawing.  If your line is a bit out, you are then in a good position to fix it.

Go on, you know it makes sense ;)

Monday, 27 April 2015

Covering all the angles ...

Deans Court EC4

.. with a pencil in the air. My last couple of drawings have been pretty much lacking in any 3D attributes. So on Saturday down by St Paul's, I thought I should find something different from that. This building is totally insane and I haven't got a clue what it is apart from maybe someone's Deanery. I figured that out from the address. 

Friday, 10 April 2015

Iron Gall

The George Corner

At Christmas, I bought a bottle of Iron Gall ink from Cornelissen's.
It is very thin and no where near as black as Indian. It has a wonderful smell, rather like red wine and it doesn't blot! Well not for me it didn't. Other advantages are that it dries pretty quickly,  and the very fine lines you get when the nib is running dry, look like pencil. And it is "made to an ancient recipe". I think it's magic. But not waterproof.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Several washes later

Daisy Road
and even more scans, I am now seeing pencil smudges where I swear there weren't any before. Cartridge paper is weird stuff, sometimes I can get a scan where it looks almost white, and without bleaching out the image but not today. I like the feel of this though, a kind of '60's newsprint look, a decade of which I am particularly fond; as I was born in 1959.  Anyway, on to actual painting issues. A row of tiled roofs often present as a boring section of dark, dull, dirty grey/brown flatness. I got round this on the terrace here, by laying a few different colour washes on first, then glazing over with just one. (I think).

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Hermitage Court ... with Personality

Hermitage Court.

This underlying theme of this blog questions the idea that visual ability in art terms, arises out of right brain usage. Having a great deal of interest in personality type theory, Myers Briggs in particular, I just wanted to share a couple of their thoughts. I picked this up out of their book 'Gifts Differing'.

Firstly, the introverted type lives in the world of abstract thought and ideas and has an independence from the outside world. Secondly, it is intuition, which provides the ability to see the possibilities, and make something of them.  There is loads more I want to discuss on this but I don't like long posts. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

Just before the lights

at the junction with Glebelands Avenue, is this little terrace. I drew them from somewhere near the bus stop opposite the Odeon. I liked the evening shadows and the chimney pots of course. As a pencil drawing, it had been hanging around since the end of the summer, rattling on at me, "go on, get out the paint, you know you need to." Which was true, so I felt the fear, and did it anyway.