Drawing on Location 3

I’m a little bit more on the look out for narrative, for the ‘story’ in what I am drawing. It’s no longer enough to just start drawing stuff, any stuff – I mean that’s fine and all – but I want to be a bit more selective. Sort out the really nice moments, interesting places,Continue reading “Drawing on Location 3”

Drawing on Location 2

An MA update: More drawing on location. I think I am getting better, because I have actually produced a couple of drawings that I like. They’re not amazing, but I am getting back into the swing of drawing both people and the environment they inhabit – and not just as two separate drawings… actually thatContinue reading “Drawing on Location 2”

Drawings in the Job Centre

It’s good to go to the job centre with the purpose of drawing. It takes my mind off the fact that I am actually going there to sign on. That’s the joy of ‘Zero Hours’ contracts but I mustn’t worry about that – I’m just going to the job centre to draw. Once a fortnight,Continue reading “Drawings in the Job Centre”

Drawing On Location 1

So the first project of my MA is to explore and discover our personal visual language by ‘observation and experiment’. The observation has to include the moving human figure in natural, everyday environments. That’s not how they choose to frame it, but that is more or less what it boils down to. I think thisContinue reading “Drawing On Location 1”

Roma (Aged 19)

These drawings, studies and sketchbook experiments are just a few of the many that I have in the sketchbook I took to Rome in 1989-90. It is possibly one of my most treasured possessions because, like a diary, it’s a glimpse back to my 19 year old self. I love to see how passionate IContinue reading “Roma (Aged 19)”

Mad as a Box of Frogs

I’ve been drawing frogs again. I have a bit of a history of drawing and painting dried frogs. You can ask me why if you like, but I don’t much know an answer beyond that the shape of them fascinates me. That they are so frog-like and yet so not-frog. They preserve so well, andContinue reading “Mad as a Box of Frogs”

Experiments With Technique or Media

This is a post to collect a lot of odds and ends really. Trying out different techniques and bits and bobs. The photo-collage of my two boys with the pen and ink studies of their ‘precious things’; that’s just a nice thing to have. I think I should do one every year, to see howContinue reading “Experiments With Technique or Media”

Calming the Rat Cage of the Mind

Drawing as a means to calm the mind. When I’m wandering aimlessly through my house, overwhelmed, I know there’s loads to do. I know I have things I ‘should’ do. The ironing pile is massive. I’ve got work to prepare for college but I don’t want to do it. The duvets need changing, the floorContinue reading “Calming the Rat Cage of the Mind”