Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Life Drawing 26.04.15 - Automat

Last week was a busy one so I didn't get a chance to post my work from the last life drawing session I attended in Milton Keynes.  We thought it might make a change to create a piece inspired by the work of a well-known artwork.  I was quite keen for our work this time to have more of a narrative, rather than just a study of a figure I wanted to capture some of the space around.  

I've recently been looking a lot at the work of Hopper and I love the way that he uses the environment around the people in the painting to create the mood and suggest a narrative.  I took along a print of 'Automat' for us to use as inspiration.  For those of you who don't know it, here it is (this is Hopper's and not mine!)

As we only had 5 hours from setting up to packing away, so realistically a little over 3 hours painting.   We tried to keep the set up pretty simple removing some of the 'stuff' in the background.  Here are the stages in my painting.

And finally a close up of the figure. 

I'm really pleased with what I managed to achieve in the session.  Let me know what you think. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Tower Bridge- London Landmark Art

It's been a while since I've posted, but I thought I'd let you know that I've not stopped arting and to prove it I've added a new item to my Etsy store!  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015

SOLD- London Eye Urban Sketch

This item has sold from my Etsy shop...

Remember all of the artworks that I am selling are unique, one-off pieces so if you like one, don't miss out on it!  Visit my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Southwark Street, London - Urban sketch

I've finished another urban sketch to add to my series of London landscapes and landmarks.  This is a view of Southwark Street.  Chose to keep this one in greyscale to emphasise the shadows of the narrow street.  Let me know what you think.

If you really like it, you could own the original!!!  Just visit my Etsy store and check out this painting and others in my series. 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Happy Easter!!!

I've been a busy bunny this Easter and really tried to make the most of the long weekend.  Not only did I manage to do some fun Easter chick collages, paint a portrait, a still life or two and finish some London landmark illustrations but I also did some decorating and spent time with my family too.  I've gone back to work more exhausted than when I left!

What have you been up to?  Be sure to share some of your creations from this weekend with me.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

HMS Belfast - London landmark illustration

I've been working on some more London Landmark illustrations, the latest to be finished is this one of HMS Belfast.  I try to take lots of photos when I'm in London so that I have something to work from.  My most recent ones I've tried to feature people as well as capturing an interesting composition.

Of course everyone likes to show the work that goes well, but it's not always easy drawing things that are instantly recognisable by others.  I've been trying and trying this week to draw Tower Bridge, so far I'm just not happy with it.  I'm going to put it on the back-burner for nowand come back to it another time when I'm not so bogged down in it! 

Please let me know what you think of my latest illustration or if there are landmarks you want me to try next!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Life Drawing Session 29.03.2015

Another life drawing session on Sunday.  This week we were working on a clothed figure and the lovely Deborah posed for this 3 hour drawing.  Usually I focus mainly on the human form, I tried this week to capture some of the surroundings too.  Here are the steps in progress of course in 3 hours the painting wasn't quite complete but I'm happy with some of the detail I managed to capture.