Archive for March, 2011

Swirly Man

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

This was a bit of an experiment to cover up more pages where the ink had bled through the paper in my pocket moleskine. The main colour was added by gluing in tissue paper. I then doodled all over it with black Muji brush pen, black Pilot G-Tec C4s, gold and silver fine Posca markers and Posca brush pens. I’m not convinced that I like the result but it was good to try something a bit weird.

Better Out Than In

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I drew this a month or so ago when I was feeling very bad. Don’t worry though, as the title says, better out than in, the more of this down on paper the less left in my head :)

A friend of mine made a comment when she saw it that really tickled me. “Is that meant to be you Amy? Oh Dear!” She said “You could have drawn yourself with some better shoes though couldn’t you?!”

Another Dragon…

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

…Or part of one anyway.

I’ve been going back through my pocket Moleskine filling up some of the pages where my brush pens have bled through from the other side. This eye appeared from the back of a yellow and orange daisy.

V&A Museum Meetup

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Last weekend I met up with Drawing London on location again. This time at the V&A Museum.

I have never been to the V&A before and I had a feeling it was my kind of place so I was really looking forward to it. I wasn’t disappointed.

Unfortunately I had to leave a little early and couldn’t see everyone at the pub that evening and I have to admit I had a bit of a poorly head after a late night the night before ;). So I decided to take it easy have a little wander around and just sketch something small.

I headed for the jewellery thinking that would give me something interesting and shiny to draw but all I could find was some weird big bulky ‘necklaces’ and ‘bangles’ that looked more like industrial machinery components and wire contraptions that are meant to hold your iron to the inside of your kitchen cupboard door. However on the way through I spotted this cup in the shape of a partridge. Made of mother of pearl and gilded silver, set with rubies and emeralds. Not sure who would have drunk from this cup or how they would have done it but it was pretty. The level of detail in the cup led to a detailed drawing and gave me the opportunity to try out a new toy that I bought the weekend before. A Copic Multiliner 0.03. I have to say I like it a lot. The ink is a waterproof pigment ink so works well with watercolours and it seems to flow very smoothly unlike other super fine line pens like the Pilot G-Tec-C 0.25 which tends to block a fair bit.

More Abstract Doodling

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

A wiggly thing that came out of my head ;)

Horniman Museum Meetup

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A few weeks ago now (Going to be playing catchup for a while) on Sat 5th Feb. I went to the Horniman Museum with Drawing London on Location.

This is a great little museum with a very eclectic mix of exhibits. Among these, they have a collection of natural history artifacts, a great little aquarium (that only costs £2 entry for an adult!) and a large collection of musical instruments. They also have a beautiful Victorian conservatory outside that is used as additional seating for the cafe.

My main sketch was inside the conservatory. A couple of people drew it from the outside but it was far too cold for me outside. I may go back to try that in the summer.

I also did a few small sketches using new charcoal pencils in the aquarium. The pencils are great for quick sketching but unfortunately, Moleskine paper is a bit too smooth for them so they didn’t work fantastically.

I find aquariums very relaxing and quite hypnotic. My brother’s family have recently set up a tropical fish tank and I think I could spend whole days staring at them.

With 20 minutes left before we were due to meet up again and head to the pub I saw this very complicated brass trumpet like instrument. I loved the look of it and had to attempt to draw it with colour even though I was really short of time. It was really rushed and ended up a quite a quirky interpretation but I was quite pleased with it. In fact I think it may be my favourite of my sketches of the day. I think I need to remind myself to do more of these loose imprecise sketches.


Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

I’ve been having a pretty rubbish winter this year. Feeling very down. The worst thing about it has been that I lost interest in the things that I normally enjoy and that normally lift my spirits. This includes things like writing my blog, seeing my friends, listening to music, reading and of course drawing.

The strangest thing about how my mood effects my drawing and how drawing effects my mood, is that ironically although it becomes one of the harder things to do, if I can get myself into a drawing, it also is one of the greatest helps. When I’m down I find it so hard to think of ideas for new drawings and get started with anything and I have a tendency to be very critical of anything that I do. But to get stuck into a very detailed drawing is a total distraction. There is simply no room in my head for thoughts either negative or positive and the sense of achievement when I finish a piece, whether I like it or not, makes me feel I am spending my time doing something worthwhile.

With that in mind I have recently been trying to do more abstract doodling, as my Mum put it, simply taking a pen for a walk round the page.

The good news is that I am starting to feel a lot better now, however I have realised I have been a bit lax in posting my drawings here and looking back over the last few weeks I now have quite a few drawings that I am quite pleased with. So there will be a few more of these abstract doodly drawings posted here over the next week or so until I am caught up. I’ll try and mix them in with a bit of location sketching too if I can.

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