Merry Christmas to everyone who should read this blog.
Lets hope that 2009 isn't as bad as they say it will be, and if it is remember there are more important things than the size of your bank balance, so instead of wishing my family, friends and any readers of this blog a prosperous 2009 I wish them all a very very healthy New Year......
Sunday, 7 December 2008
After not picking up a pencil for two weeks, I thought it was time to get back into the drawing habit, As we attract a lot of Robins into our garden I thought I would give one a try, total drawing time was around 6 hours, drawn on bristol board using a 2H HB and 2B clutch pencil, image size is approx 3x2 inches, reproduction has let the image down again giving the white paper background a grey look.
Monday, 24 November 2008
Sunday, 9 November 2008
After reading comments on here and other forum pages that I show my drawings on I decided to work on the middle ground area and darken the figure down a little, Ive also worked on the mist in the centre of the drawing, I think that this has given the whole drawing more depth, let me know what you think.
Friday, 7 November 2008
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
My first attempt at a landscape, 3.5x3.5 inches on Bristol board, influanced by the work of Trevor Grimshaw and John Waterhouse. I have quiet a few images of the local country side which I would like to draw in this style, so I think I may be posting a few more in the next week or so...
Sunday, 26 October 2008
This started out as just a head study and grew and grew,the finished image is around 7x8 inches, drawn on Mellotex, I started with the eye and just worked out from that point. once again the reproduction is in my opinion nothing like the finished drawing, the scanner gives to much contrast and the photograph gives a blue green hue, even after playing around in photoshop, also a lot of the detail has been lost. I hope to post a better image in the next couple of days. A big thank you to my mate Paul for re-scanning the image and getting a better result than I ever could.
Friday, 17 October 2008
My latest piece of work, measuring 7 x 2.25 inches, The letter box framing suites this image well I think, I have tried to get the feeling that this Hippo has just emerged from the river and the water droplets are reflecting in the sunshine. Again the problem has been the scanner which gives a high contrast effect which I have tried to remove in photoshop, I would prefer not to manipulate the image once finished as, I think there is a danger of ending up with an image that is not true to the original drawing.
Sunday, 12 October 2008
I've been working on this head study of a Golden Eagle for the last couple of days, yet again the scanner has let me down so I have had to take a photograph and download the image, this has done no favours to the actual drawing, size is approx 5x4 inches, all comments welcome.
Tuesday, 7 October 2008
I have been working on this drawing for the last couple of days, size is approx 5.5 x 5 inches, I started with the eye and worked my way out from there, nothing was pre drawn, the background was achieved by painting graphite onto the paper with 1/4 inch acrylic brush, and re-using the waste graphite in my rotating sharpener. hope you like him.
I've played around with this drawing to try and loose some of the flatness, I wanted to lift the Lion away from the background, I dont think that having to photograph the drawing, and then transfer it to the computer does the final image any favours.
Thursday, 2 October 2008
Here is my first attempt at a large cat, this is an Asian Lion taking 40 winks before dinner! image size is 5.5x3.5 inches, I'm not to happy with the finished item I think I will give it a little more work later, the right hand side of the body needs to be darker, and I think the overall finish looks flat, so I may work on the background to try and make the lion stand out a little more. My apologies for the quality of the image but my scanner gives everything to much contrast, so I had to take a photograph which again doesnt give the greatest of reproductions even after messing around with it in photoshop, if I manage to achieve a better image I will post it here.
Monday, 29 September 2008
As a life long Pink Floyd fan, I was saddened to hear the news that Richard Wright passed away on the 15th of September 2008. I first heard Meddle by Pink Floyd being played in the common room at college,I was only 15 and from that moment they changed my appreciation of music, I have every album they have released some more than once, I've been lucky to see them in concert 4 times. Wright always more in the backgound than Waters and Gilmour so his contribution to the group was often undervalued, yet without him, Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish you Were Here and the later albums after Waters departure would not of been the classic Albums they became. Things will never be the same to all Floyd fans, but the music lives on for ever, think I'll go and put Meddle on to make me feel better.
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Friday, 12 September 2008
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
Monday, 1 September 2008
I finished this over the weekend, the problem I have is that the scanner hasn't picked up all the detail on the wings etc, so not to happy with the finished image, but thought I would post it anyway. the overall size is around 5 x 3 inches, the water effect was achieved by blacking out the paper and then lifting the desired amount of graphite off until I acheived the ripple effect I desired, I have to say that i think this needs more practice!