Category Archives: My Progress

Drawing 1: Part IV: Figure Drawing: The Moving Figure: sitting and waiting / fleeting moments / research

Project: The Moving Figure Exercise : Sitting and waiting OCA p121 The sketches that follow are a mixed bunch which have mostly been taken from life as I’ve been out and about. The characters on the right are drawn in … Continue reading

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Drawing 1: Part IV: Figure Drawing: Gesture: stance / energy

 Project – Gesture  Exercise : Stance : OCA p 113 This exercise asked that I do draw quick poses, showing the centre of gravity and types of stance.  My first attempts were 2 minute outlines of a male model on … Continue reading

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Drawing 1: Part IV: Figure Drawing: Form – essential shapes / essential elements

Exercise:  Essential Shapes : OCA p 110 For this 1-hour long exercise I did some warm up sketches to practice quick angled poses.  My model did not feel he could sustain these positions for long so I waited to complete … Continue reading

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Drawing 1 : Part IV : Figure Drawing : Proportion : quick poses / the longer pose

Quick Poses : OCA p108 : 2 minute sketches / warm up This exercise starts off with 5 x 2 minute sketches of my model in a comfortable position.  It asks that particular attention is paid to proportions but in … Continue reading

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Drawing 1 : Part III : ASSIGNMENT

Assignment III Assignment III asks us to select a view from a window or open door and demonstrate the skills learned in this landscape module. My first practice was with general views from windows, such as those below:     … Continue reading

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Drawing 1 : Part III : Drawing Trees

Exercise : Sketching an individual Tree : OCA p 98 I decided to try sketching several trees so that I would get a feel for their different shapes and characteristics and that would enable me to decide what type of … Continue reading

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Extra curricular activities Pt III

Non OCA work Here are a few paintings which were not completed for the OCA but which relate to the subject of landscape Figures 1 and 2 were completed at a monoprint workshop.  We could choose whatever subject we wanted … Continue reading

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Drawing 1 : Part III : Townscapes and statues

Project : Townscapes Exercise : Study of a townscape using line : OCA p92 For my study of a townscape using line, I sat in a coffee shop on the first floor and drew the opposite side of the street. … Continue reading

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Drawing Skills 1 : Part III. Perspective

Exercise : Parallel perspective : interior : OCA p88 For this exercise I practised 3 different views through various doors at my home.  The first shows the view up two steps from my art studio into my kitchen.  The tile … Continue reading

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Drawing Skills 1, Pt III : Drawing Outdoors / landscape / research / sketchbook walk / 360 studies / clouds / plotting space / perspective

Landscape Drawing : Research point OCA p 77 I’ve looked at the work of several landscape artists throughout the ages and have chosen three to mention in my blog because of the vast differences in their style. These two classical … Continue reading

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Assignment Two

Assignment Two This assignment has asked me to show my ability to understand the use of colour, the most appropriate choice of medium, ability to set up an interesting composition, variety in mark-making, depth, contrast and tone and accuracy of … Continue reading

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Drawing Skills Pt II : Animals

OCA p 66 : Drawing Animals : Research Instruction:  “Look at how Renaissance masters such as Leonardo and Durer depicted animals.  Make notes and try to find some images to include in your learning log” Albrecht Dürer Sheet of Studies … Continue reading

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Drawing Skills Pt II : Drawing Plants and Flowers

Exercise : Negative space in a plant – OCA p 63 I used a Peace Plant for this exercise (fig 1) as I like the delicate intricacy of the leaves and emerging flowers. Working with negative space is interesting and … Continue reading

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Drawing Skills Pt II : Drawing fruit and vegetables in colour : tone / markers / oil pastel / research

Exercise : Using hatching to create tone (OCA p59) (1) Drawing individual pieces I have used different media for each item (fig 1).  The carrot and mushroom are drawn with a graphite stick.  The softness and slightly blurry nature of … Continue reading

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Part II : Project Still Life : Line and tone

Exercise:  Still life group using line OCA p 57 I looked for an easier subject than the cacti but I kept coming back to them as a great way of showing some line drawing skills.  I was extremely nervous of … Continue reading

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Drawing Skills Part II : Observations in Nature : Detail / tone / stipples

OCA page 52 asks me to collect various natural objects and begin exercises that inspire me so I now have various dried flowers, twigs, shells, cones, feathers etc. Exercise : Line drawing detail / OCA p 53 I used a … Continue reading

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Part II : Extra curricular activities & sketching

Exhibitions: Bristol Open Art Exhibition : November 2012 Run by the Royal West of England Academy, this exhibition gives an opportunity to unknown, emerging and established artists to submit work.  354 artists were successful and the exhibition was interesting, informative and … Continue reading

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Drawing Skills Part II – Observations in nature / Exploring Coloured Media & Research

Exercise: OCA page 51 Exploring coloured media We were asked to experiment with coloured media and produce a few examples of random lines. It was interesting to play around although I felt as if I didn’t have many techniques up … Continue reading

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Extra-curricular art work Part 1

Here is a selection of the art work I’ve been creating in my weekly class and on my own at home:         This painting is acrylic on acrylic paper.  I achieved this at a workshop in early … Continue reading

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Extra Curricular activities July – November 2012 : Part I

TV Several art programmes have been of interest, in particular David Hockney talking about  his photography, his exhibition and how it was filmed; how he did many of his drawings on an i-pad. When Hockney photographs people, he takes several shots … Continue reading

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