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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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2 comments:

Sue Clinker said...

Its good to be shaken out of one's 'comfort zone' sometimes isn't it? Lovely drawings, I especially like the seascape one.

I've attended one of Mike's 3 day courses in the UK but didn't know about his online one ... must take a look.

Even though I do more colour pencil work than graphite his advice was invaluable and I still hear his 'go darker' comments ringing in my ears regularly.

sheona hamilton-grant said...

Hi Sue thank you for taking the time to stop by. Very sorry to have taken so long to see this. Yes his advice and lessons are super. I always learn something invaluable. If you have a moment check out is online courses. There are several different ones and I'm sure one at least you'd enjoy doing :D