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Friday, 24 June 2011

Tonal studies in Charcoal

Both of these drawings started with a  basic charcoal dusting 
This gives a "ground" to draw in darker areas whilst removing it with 
erasers to get back to a lighter tonal value 
 Inspiration came from Jim Dines drawings 

Wednesday, 22 June 2011


Sketchbook Ink drawing
Cheadle Staffordshire

Measured line

Both of these drawings use the same approach despite one being a view of buildings and the the other a life study.
In both I have utilised a basic starting point and worked outwards from the centre. 
I use the relationship between lines / shapes / negative space  to measure where the next one will be. I make new marks very close to the previous one so that the measurements are easily seen. Usually I draw 4 lines close to one another to form an "anchor" in the composition.

I started this drawing of the Square in Cazorla, Spain where the small window is directly above the top of the lamp post. This allowed me to create many realtionships between the walls on adjacent buildings.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Relaxed Portrait


In the next posts I hope to pass on the method of drawing / seeing that I learned from a great teacher at Manchester Polytechnic way back in the 80's and have never looked back. 

Also if you want a great book to read then Betty Edwards "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" is a classic. 

Oh and this is a Manga free Zone !!