Always Improving

These are strange and worrying times and I hope we are all soon safely through to the other side, with as many people as possible being okay. I’m very aware of how lucky I am, to be able to keep myself safe, to have family who are safe, and to be living in a beautiful and uplifting part of the country. Not everyone is so fortunate.

I’m glad I have something I enjoy doing that I can do from home. Drawing has been helping to keep me sane and is giving me an ongoing sense of purpose.

I’ve been using the extra time I have to develop my technique. I completed an excellent Craftsy course called Drawing Facial Features, by Gary Faigin. In this course, Gary clearly explains and demonstrates how the underlying features of the skull influence the shape of the face. I was once very much of the opinion that I didn’t need to know any anatomy because it was enough just to draw what you could see. I was wrong. My portrait drawing has got better since I completed this course. I/m not entirely sure why but I think that having just this very rudimentary understanding helps to prevent my eye being misled. It also helps me see, and then pick out, the underlying structure of a face.

What you brain sees isn’t always what’s there and you need to draw what’s there, not necessarily what you see.

I’ve also been drawing a quick (fifteen minutes or so) portrait or pose every morning using the very useful Quickposes website. I decided from the beginning that even if one of these sketches looked okay, I would never show any of them to anyone. This helped take away any pressure and has helped me establish it as a daily habit.

I haven’t been neglecting my portrait drawing though. I’ll post some more of these in the future but here’s one for now.

Lily. Pencil on paper, A4

If you’re interested in commissioning a portrait then take a look at this page and then get in touch! Portraits are a great way of showing someone you care for them even if you can’t be close to them right now and I’d love to help you make that connection.

Bridport Treasure Planet Exhibition

I’m excited to be part of ArtWey’s Treasure Planet exhibition at Bridport Arts Centre. This is a mixed media exhibition celebrating the variety and the beauty of the Jurassic Coast.

I have two drawings in the exhibition – Splash and The Cobb. Here they are up on the wall on the gallery with two prints by the very talented Georgie Moore.

I’m enjoying having my work in such a lovely space and in such amazing company. There is some exceptionally fantastic art here. It’s well worth a visit if you’re able to get there.

A good turnout for the private viewing

Twitter Art Exhibit 2020

The Twitter Art Exhibit is an annual event created by the excellent artist David Sandum. Anyone can create a piece of original postcard-sized artwork and send it in, where it will be exhibited to raise money for charity. This year the exhibition is taking place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA and the charity is Horry County Disabilities and Special Needs. As the name implies, Twitter is used extensively to promote the exhibition and it’s lovely to follow the account and see the huge variety of contributions.

It’s a great idea and a great cause and this will be my fourth year of being involved. I’ve just finished my postcard and will be posting it at the weekend. My previous postcards have sold quite quickly and I’m hoping this year will be the same.

A clearing, in the woods. Mitsubishi Hi-Uni pencils on St Cuthbert’s Mill HP Bockingford paper, 12x16cm 

There’s still time to get involved – if you’re interested, details are here.