Posts Tagged ‘conte crayon’


Sunday, August 28th, 2011

While I was on holiday with family in Cornwall this year my youngest niece came back from a day out with this lovely little cuddly pig. It is made out of a really soft plush corduroy with a really interesting texture. I couldn’t resist trying to capture this little character on paper.

This was quite a quick sketch. I started by blocking out the colour of the pig and it’s shadow using watercolours with a large brush. I then added the shade using pencil crayon and finally picked out the highlight colour and texture of the corduroy using a white conte crayon and using the rough grain of the watercolour paper.

Last Day in Northumberland

Friday, October 15th, 2010

On our last day in Northumberland Mat and I took a walk along the beach from Beadnell to Low Newton by the Sea. When we got there we sat outside The Ship Inn and had lunch and a couple of pints of very nice beer brewed in their on site microbrewery.

Mat decided that we couldn’t walk back ;) so his Dad came to pick us up. I did this 20 minute sketch of Dunstanburgh Castle using Conte Crayon while we waited at the top of the hill above the village.

This was my last sketch in Beadnell also drawn on the last day.

Drawing on Location Meetup Hackney City Farm

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I have been looking around online for some other people who sketch in London and I recently found a Meetup group who meet once a fortnight to go drawing on location around London. The weekend before last I went to join them at Hackney City Farm and then Victoria Park. Two places quite close to home, the first I did not even know existed and the second is a place I’ve been meaning to go sketching for a while. I had a play around in grayscale at the farm using three shades of grey Kuretake Zig Real Brushpens and then did a little conte crayon sketch of the Victorian water fountain at the park. We finished up in a pub to check out each others sketches over a few drinks. It was great to meet some other sketchers, all in all a very enjoyable day.

this piggy in the middle snored very peacefully the whole time I was sketching her

Up on the cliff tops

Friday, September 17th, 2010

This is the last post from my week in Cornwall. I didn’t get out to sketch as much as I would have liked to but I did get time to walk up onto the cliff tops and do this quick sketch with conte crayon on pastel paper.

I like to see the old mine wheelhouses in Cornwall are well restored. You can see that these were very tough places to work and keeping them preserved serves as a good reminder of the difficult lives our previous generations lived so that we could live in such relative comfort. I remember my Grandad once saying of my generation ‘they really don’t know they’re born’, very true.

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