Drawing Diary 10 April 2019 : Weymouth Bay, Evening Light

This last week I completed my Weymouth Bay drawing and I’m quite pleased with it. My favourite paintings are those that capture the light and sense of place of a scene and I’ve been wanting to try to do something similar with my drawing. To do that with my picture I used a lot of cross-hatching, rather than smooth shading, to try to get a feeling of movement, of a dynamic sea and sky. I also made sure I didn’t touch some parts of the paper at all. Once the paper’s been marked it loses its brightness even if the mark is erased. For once, the end result is fairly close to what I wanted.

Weymouth Bay, Evening Light. Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils on Derwent heavyweight smooth cartridge paper, A3

When I finish one of these Dorset drawings I take it to a local printers to be scanned and then made into cards and prints. The person I work with at the printers is currently on holiday so this is a photo of the drawing, taken before I’d signed it. I’ll hopefully have prints and cards available in a couple of weeks.

I also finished a fourth Dorset mini.

Towards White Nothe. Palomino Blackwing pencil on a postcard

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Drawing Diary 4 April 2019 : Dorset Minis

It’s been a busy couple of weeks because I’m preparing for my first ever exhibition. It’s a joint exhibition, in a local cafe, with two very talented painters, and it’s very exciting. I’ll share more information about it soon.

My problem is that I don’t have a lot of work to show. Most of what I draw is either for someone in particular or personal to myself. What’s left are my Dorset drawings, so that’s going to be the main theme of my part of the exhibition. In order to avoid most of the wall being completely empty, I’ve been working on a new A4-sized Dorset drawing, which is very nearly finished (the Weymouth Bay drawing I’ve posted progress shots of here before); and a new series of what I’m imaginatively calling Dorset “minis”. These are postcard sized sketches of local scenes.

The Cobb at Lyme Regis, Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils on a postcard

So far I’ve finished three and I’m pleased with how they’ve turned out.

Corfe Castle, Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils on a postcard

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Lulworth Cove, Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils on a postcard