Life Drawing Workshop 1

The first of four life drawing workshops took place on Saturday morning 8th November. We used A1 paper throughout and a mixture of media. The model was lit by both a spotlight and a halogen lamp. This added drama to what would have been a very even fluorescent light. The first drawings done were quick 5 […]

Caricature

After doing distortion for two weeks we did a caricature session which involves copying some drawings done by a top caricaturist called Howard McWilliam. He does the front cover of the Week magazine which are usually satirical and often political. There are some images of the group working on this topic followed by a few […]

More distortions

We did a second week on distortion. This time trying to get away from using a tool to affect a distortion e.g. a reflctive surface or some liquid. This time simply taking what we see and warping or elongating that. Jon brought a very small mirror that could only view a small section of his […]

Distortion

This weeks title to work with was distortion. John C had come up with the idea the week previous that he would like to try and deliberately distort an object. I e-mailed a few images to give an idea of what to do. It is good to have some ideas but sometimes they may dominate […]

Microscopic

A couple of weeks ago Cath brought in a microscope. It seemed a good idea to try alongside the work done on edges. Cath looked at the edges of torn paper and a small dried plant. This process proved interesting but quite do but quite tricky and tiring. You can probably only dop about 15 […]

The sinister side

This week we continued working with our wrong hands. Jon pointed out that the word Sinister is the Latin word for left-handed. What evolution of meaning turned left-handed into evil and threatening? Historically, the left side, and subsequently left-handedness, was considered negative in many cultures. The Latin word sinistra originally meant “left” but took on […]

Inside/outside project

WE did a 5 week project entitled Inside/ Outside. This was one I did on part time foundation in 1992. Here are a selection of students work from this task. Jon looked at a sheep’s skull and worked in various media and formats. Barbara produced a most exquisite book where the words had left the […]

Magnification

I set a project on magnification which involved each student bringing in a small object and upping the scale. Some chose A1 and others A2. I will show the drawing done by Steve and post others as they become more complete. He chose a small dried sprig from a shrub in the garden. It looked […]

Ruth’s framed drawing

Ruth brought in a piece of work she had framed. It is great to see this development within the class. It is often an ambition people have to get to a stage where they can show work to a wider public and when this time comes it is worth going to a professional framer. In this case […]

Pencil life drawings

I have posted a couple more pencil studies. These ones I have not yet put on the website so thought as a continuity of the post regarding the iPad I would show a couple of examples of studies done in the life drawing class. The life class is very important to me and I must […]

Light Touch

The past two weeks the class have been tackling a still life made up of glasses, apples , onions set on some white materials. The cloth had plenty of folds and the still life was set on two levels (boxes underneath the objects). The idea was to create accurate drawings and spend time making the […]