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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Because I'm slow

and need to take my time when drawing, the number of original drawings that come off my board yearly only just make it into double figures.
Each created diligently and lovingly over dozens and dozens of hours.

This leads to frustration (yep!) compensated by either filling the studio loudly with alternative rock, way too many cups of coffee and on a really mad day extremely strange dance moves.
When I say pencils rock they really do but in a slow kinda Zen way ;)

This must be why I've discovered iphotography (which I now use as quick fix for my frustration)
Daily walks take me on compositional adventures.
I don't sketch: I shoot!
Daily and feed Instagram.

In total opposite to the slow brewing and care needed for one of my pencil drawings, this quick and very snappy medium brings a freedom to my creativity and compositional vision. Blink and the light is gone. Hesitate and the moment is a has been.
It's thrilling.








Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Udemy Drawing contest

Attention to all artists creatives in possession of a pencil, or marker or pen!

Udemy is running a contest.
A drawing contest.


A contest open to all.
You don't have to be proficient in any medium or technique.
All you need is imagination.

Udemy have based the contest on artist Javier PĂ©rez  concept of masterfully finding inspiration in ordinary objects (hair clasp, spring, pencil shavings, sponge, padlock...) and giving them a whole new role.

Want to have a go?
here  is where you can find out all about it.
https://www.udemy.com/the-secrets-to-drawing/#drawing-inspiration


Thursday, 11 June 2015

4 steps in Paul's finished portrait.

Yikes, more than 17 months have passed since I last drew a dog!
Reason enough to give this new canine portrait special attention.

Meet Paul.
Paul is cool.
Paul is tall, black, goofy and ... camera shy.
Looking away, relaxed, eyes focusing in the distance, anticipating his next move is how I met him, got to know him and had to render him.






Paul
Pencil on Paper
24 x 28 cm
Sold
Sheona Hamilton-Grant. All rights reserved 



Step1
Eye drawn, lay of fur and darkest darks established


Step2
Further work on eye, lay of fur and outline of mouth
Step3
Adding on layers of darks to establish
shape of nose and detail in  mouth.



Step4
Adding more layers of fur and
work on nose, mouth and teeth.


Thursday, 4 June 2015

Racing Ready

Hot off the board and freshly signed.
This is "Racing Ready" a wonderful moment captured by fellow artist and friend Linda Shantz on one of her very early morning escapades in Keenland a few years ago.
She gave me the green light allowing my pencils have a wee bash at rendering this amazing athlete (speaking of the horse of course!)

I miss the horses, daily, and wanted to feel one near me.
I figured putting down an extra layer of detail and sharpened the pencils that wee bit more might do the trick.

"Racing Ready"
Pencil on Paper
37x41 cm
Reference courtesy of Linda Shantz
Available

Monday, 11 May 2015

Getting all technical

Done it!
Enrolled in Mike Sibley's advanced drawing online course.
I figured that after all these years of self-learning it was time to let someone else deal with my stubborn mind to get to grips with the technical side of drawing that I have quite happily dodged for too long!
One week in and there is nothing more invigorating than being put in the spotlight and up against oneself and the clock.
I'm a slow worker and there is not time for dillydallying. A lot is packed into each week (I swear I've witnessed a wee bit of smoke coming out of the old grey matter!) plus the summer holidays are just round the corner ;)
Speeding up is good.
It has me way more focused and not so hooked-up on the trivial (although still miles away from working loose!)
The result so far are three OK drawings (One that I put off for 15 years!)
The mistakes priceless, welcomed and never to be repeated.
Watch this space more to come.
The course runs 8 weeks!



Exercise in finding the clues to various textures: here old weathered wood, rusty nails and wood split and applying them to paper.


Exercise in understanding and how to render reflection. 


Study of my own choice. 
Using visual clues to describe any object or surface. 
Here old leather, metal, old name tag and rust.

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