Life drawing Bethnal Green

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Again I think some of the quick sketches get more but looking at the 45min rendered pencil drawing it’s definitely got some good points.

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More sketches from the life room

Thought I’d start posting pieces drawn in the life room to try and motivate myself to do more to get some illustration work.

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Short sketch from the long pose.

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30 minute sketch from the last pose of the session.

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30 minute pose from the first half of the session.

I’m always refining and trying to work more into the longer poses and each model has there own unique challenges. This model had a really lovely curvaceous figure.

I think sometimes you need to find something that really appeals to you about the pose or model to get a good image.

Back to the old school – life drawing

One hour
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20 minutes
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10 minutes
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3 minutes
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I’m back into life drawing at Adrian Duttons classes in Bethnal Green, partly because I’m lazy and it’s a two minute walk away but mainly because in the words one of my fellow MA graduates ‘he is the real deal’.

Adrian runs both a drop in weekly and a back to basics series of classes, details of which are on the Meet Up web site for those interested.
http://www.meetup.com/LondonLifeDrawing/

I’m also participating in UPside an exhibition at the Medcalf on Exmouth Market which will be starting in September.

The images above are from the second session I went to and although I have some misgivings about them I am getting a feel for how my line works. I’ve abandoned the pen in favour of the more flexible pencil although I’m now attacking the page like they were a pen.

In the 1 hour drawing I used a rubber for both creative and correctional efforts and am enjoying what it brings to the process.

I hope these inspire you to get out there and draw. I love life drawing because the timed poses mean you always walk away with a good selection of images from every session.

Entangled

Technological entanglement hand swipe

Not exclusively created for Illustration Friday this recent work seemed appropriate to this weeks theme. People and technology are entangled, how far are we willing to go. A swipe payment system integrated into ones arm certainly has a certain yuk factor!

Starting life as a pen and ink drawing in my sketch book I lifted it into Corel Painter and worked up this full colour rendering. Painter 11 has a more responsive feel and I’m looking forward to exploring more of the tools.

My project for my MA has become about exploring the issues of technology and biology.  Everyday scene’s with ever more encroaching technology. Surely living in London with all it’s creepy camera’s and surveillance machinery has had an effect.

It works as a topic for illustrations!

Blur

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Blur – another Illustration Friday post.

This is a very art centric piece, you often blur or blend a line or shading in pencil drawing using your thumb so this is that kind of idea looking up from underneath, as though the paper were glass.

Perhaps it should have been from above? Regardless I enjoyed this piece, it’s part life drawing practice part Illustration Friday challenge, our teacher encouraged us to use tonal drawing as a means of quickly creating a realistic ‘finished’ looking image. I enjoy the technique a lot.

I made this on a large A3 size sheet which allowed for a lot more detail but I still moved fairly quickly finishing it in a couple of hours.

I quite like working large and close up although the head of my course would say it should have more of the hand! That would be a large drawing but it may be worth trying!

I really enjoy using a variety of pencils to create different tonal shading effects. This was largely done with B, 3B, and 5B pencil and then I found my 4B graphite which I used for the British Museum sketches and adds a lot more contrast which is also nice.

Yes this is my drawing hand!

Hope you like it.

Corporate contrition

Corporate Contrition

I don’t know why I’m always surprised to see people lie in the face of overwhelming evidence that they’ve been caught with the hand raping the jar.

So here’s a quick sketch of a trader or one of the head honchos in a contrite pose literally dripping with the cash he’s ripped off of all the people who placed there unwitting trust in the Enron business.

At the end it’s the shear magnitude of the complicity that all who knew displayed in the years of sky rocketing stock value and what was it mark to market accounting that really blows you away!