I spent last week working on a commission, of Nimbus, a little cat with quite an expression. He’s been working on this look for a while, I think.
The source photograph was taken from Instagram and was therefore square and fairly low resolution. I find it hard to draw a good A4-sized picture without a high resolution source photograph and so my original plan had been for an A5 drawing. It didn’t seem quite right, though, and so I decided to draw it A5-ish in size but sat in a square on an A4 sheet of paper. I’m pleased with how this turned out. I still too often fall into the trap of wanting to fill the page (particularly if someone is paying me). That’s a habit I need to get myself out of as white space is every bit as important to a final picture as the drawing itself.
I also bought some new business cards, which I’m quite pleased with.
Last week I spent a few days in France helping my parents pack up the house they’ve had for over twenty years. It was a busy time and ridiculously cold (there was no heating in most of the house) and I didn’t have any time to draw.
I have many happy memories associated with that house so I had a mix of emotions – joyful recollections but sadness at being there for the last time. Something I remember with lots of fondness is how my Gran would sit on a bench at the front of the house and watch my children playing. Family gave her such joy.
Here’s a picture of Gran’s bench, drawn a few years ago shortly before her one hundredth birthday.
This last week I’ve been working on a double portrait I think I’m going to call J & C, at least for now. It’s the initials of the subjects (two of my amazing wife’s amazing children). Titles are important but I’m not very good at them.
I also picked up my bird project again. When I was a child I could identify most British birds but the years have not been kind to my memory and I was getting frustrated that I now know so few. I thought a good way of learning about them would be to draw them. At the same time, I could develop my coloured pencil technique. I still think this is a good plan but I’ve been making very slow progress.