Blur

Blur thumb mono

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.

Life Drawing basics

British Museum 6th Nov 2009
Quick tonal sketch at the British Museum (a great free resource)

Just as the term started I decided my drawing skills needed a boost that drop in classes weren’t providing. Luckily, literally 2 minutes walk from my flat in Bethnal Green is life teacher who holds various fine art drawing and painting classes through via the Meetup website.

As I never formally studied fine art at a tertiary level I thought this would be a good place to start and definitely haven’t regretted the move.

My post MA illustration commercial goals revolve around concept film and game work and these skills seem to be critical in this arena. Adrian Dutton runs a high quality class barely half way through the course the ten week course I’d felt I’d had my money’s worth.

I’ve posted a few pics here so you can see the kind of thing we’ve been doing.

Life drawing basics
Grid measured enlargement from the measuring session

Life drawing basics 30 Oct 2009
Charcoal experiment for the tonal drawing session, covered the whole
page with charcoal and worked back with a putty rubber

This is also fits in very well with my MA project of creating a series of bestiary images.

Imagine FX have been running an excellent series in the back of the magazine about breaking down people and animals into basic shapes. I’d largely ignored it until I started this course and realised just how useful it could be when I come to do my bestiary images (ie. now!)

The learning curve is steep for my painting and drawing but it’s all worth it’s weight!