Oil sketch on board 20 x 24in 60 mins
2 minute gestural sketches conté crayon
Charcoal and conté crayon on cartridge paper seated pose 30 mins
Charcoal and conté on cartridge paper 45 minutes
Oil sketch 60 mins 70cm x 56cm
Gestural sketches 2 minutes conte crayon on A2 cartridge paper
Oil sketch 60 minutes 70cm x 48cm
It’s been nearly 3 months since my last foray into the life room and it was so good to shake off the temptation to sink into winter hibernation on this miserable grey January Saturday. Below are a few sketches from the 4 hour session…..
2 minute gestural sketches – charcoal on A2 cartridge paper
15 minute sketch charcoal on A2 cartridge paper
45 mins mixed media in A3 sketch book
15 mins gouache/charcoal on watercolour sheet
Mixed media in A3 sketch book
The summer already seems like a lifetime ago but before the Autumn draws in completely here is a little reminder of the August sketching holiday in Donegal.
I don’t think I could get away with saying the weather was brilliant (the photos of raincoats and warm jackets are a testament to that) but we certainly weren’t washed out and Donegal is beautiful and inspirational no matter what.
Our locations this year were Killybegs Harbour, Fintra Beach, Port, Muckross and an “invigorating” sea outing with Sliabh Liag Boat Trips.
So good to get the chance after many months to spend four hours drawing – no teaching – no pressure- just drawing with a group of like-minded people.
As usual the session started with a couple of 10 – 15 min poses some 2 min sketches and then into a long one.
I decided to give Arches oil paper another go. It’s very absorbent and the pigments tended to appear much darker than I expected them to be – adding white only made them chalky. By the end of the day I felt I was getting to grips with the combination probably because there was a build -up of paint and the paper was less absorbent. Could have done with another couple of hours!
First sketch of the day – cropped!
A series of quick poses
A few sketches to decide which position I wanted for the long pose
A few sketches from today’s life-drawing workshop
superimposed 2 minute charcoal sketches 0n cartridge paper – warming up time
35 minute charcoal sketch on cartridge paper – fun with mark-making!
2 hour oil sketch on Arches oil paper
This is the first time I’ve used Arches’ oil paper and I must say I rather liked it. Not what you would call a “fast” surface and the paint did tend to get absorbed by the paper quite a lot but much preferable to the usual oil paper block which I find slippery and difficult to build up layers in one sitting. The background colour is Attrament black from Schminke – a favourite of mine at the moment!