Time Was Away

It was the simplicity of line that drew me to this illustration on a book cover of a travel book, published soon after WWII, with drawings by John Minton. I loved the way he builds up the picture with layers of lines – and no better way to get to know a person’s style thanContinue reading “Time Was Away”

Gallery Pig

I came across a delightful charcoal drawing of pigs, made by the artist and professor, Allen William Seaby, which he sketched one camping holiday in the New Forest. I was at the St Barbe’s Gallery, Lymington, and although you can’t take pictures of the exhibits, they support you sketching any image. So I did aContinue reading “Gallery Pig”

Complementary Coffee

My drawing and painting needed a jump start! So I copied one of the animals on my coffee pot! I love the easy, flowing shapes and the complementary colours. Blue and orange are opposites on the colour wheel and play with our eyes giving a simultaneous contrast. This is not the ‘push and pull’ ofContinue reading “Complementary Coffee”

Atmosphere

A sunny day and a drive to the beach was the perfect opportunity to do some sketching. A long cliff curves round the bay into the distance and one way of conveying this is by using stronger tones for things closer while using paler tones for things in the distance. The effect of the atmosphereContinue reading “Atmosphere”

Look Out!

What to do with line? I thought I would have a go at using pencil rather than a fibre-tipped pen to draw with, and I found a portrait photo by Trish Morrissey to be the subject. I really enjoyed using just one pencil, 2B, and trying out many different effects it can give: smudging, sharpContinue reading “Look Out!”

Marc Chagall – line drawings

I have been reading Chagall’s autobiography which is so interesting, not least because of the lovely line drawings that accompany the text. The bold and broken lines give a jittery feel, a movement to the scene that at any moment might change: Grandfather might soon get up from reading his book, put on a jacketContinue reading “Marc Chagall – line drawings”