Monday, March 30, 2015

Fifty years of Met' publications available online

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Montpellier Creative

I recently started a Meet Up group on to organize creative events in Montpellier.

The aim is to organize events for artists to meet up and colloborate on creative projects in Montpellier.

Come check it out!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Scrupules Session #03 - Charcoal sketches 1 minute, 3 minute and 20 minute (including 1 still life)

Quick pose where we were encouraged to look only at the model and not the page. 1 minute drawing without looking and 1 minute to correct. A very fun exercise.

Three 1-minute poses.

I think this was a 5 minute pose. I spent time finding the darkest areas of the composition, then ran out of time.

Twenty minute pose. Reworked slightly at home. Something happened between the head and the body though, she looks as if her head isn't attached properly! Oh well!

Still life with watering can and leaves.

Here are some of the sketches from the session yesterday. We did a still life to warm up. This is more interesting than I thought because I have to be much more diciplined about proportion and contrast which then transfers over to the drawing exercises with the model. 
We finished the session with a 20 minute pose which I'm fairly happy with, although I did do some retouching when I got home.

Monday, March 16, 2015

FIrst session in Montpellier

After a long break I am back at the drawing board.
These sketches are a little rusty, but I'm hoping to begin work developing my drawing style over the coming months.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Costume session - Belly dancer - Conté crayons

Towards the end of the session, I started getting the hang of drawing the costume. I'm happy enough with the brown one. There's a Toulouse-Lautrec feeling to it that is kinda interesting.

Costume session - Belly dancer - Pencil

I very rarely use pencil for drawing of this kind, but it somehow suited this model. I find pencil quite slow to draw with, but these rough, scratchy pieces make me want to try pencil a bit more. Watch this space ;)

Costume session - Belly dancer - 2 min poses Charcoal

The session started with a good few short poses. I struggled a bit with the detailed costume with charcoal, so I moved on to pencil after just a few.

Drawing from sample, head in hands gesture

Drawing from sample.

I decided to leave this one 'unfinished looking' as I liked the contrast between the line and tone.
Lots of work to do to improve my portrait skills, but there's something about the composition that I like here.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Paper-cut Christmas cards

I spent my Sunday paper-cutting some Christmas cards and in the process gained a lot of respect for the likes of my friend Damien Martin
This technique is rewarding, but the process can be quite tricky. 
The designs are based on some found Christmas images that I played around with.

Happy Christmas :)