Thursday, February 28, 2008

Drawing workshop - in location

Woohoo! Two posts in one day!





Today's workshop consisted of us being sent off into the big bad world to draw people in location - and I must say this was something I found
incredibly difficult. Drawing people? From life? In public? Quickly before they change position or wonder off? Phew! Such a challenge for me! The resounding verdict was - need to do more, much, much, more ...

We spent the day out drawing people doing stuff in the city, then reconvened in the afternoon for a crit. We talked about practicing until we can do it so quick that just a few gestural lines captures the person, and about looking more at the person rather than the paper. We talked about adding just a few objects or bits of architecture to put the person in context, we talked about highlighting things by using colours, and we also talked about editing what we drew - drawing only what was essential .... I really enjoy crits with out tutor Gary...

Above are some of the drawings I'm a bit more proud of, and below, a selection of the others.


Homework for next week is to take one of the in location drawings (or to make some more) and produce one finished illustration.

And while we were out drawing, Charlotte and I wandered onto a queue of people outside the bookstore. We could have drawn the queue of people, but it was far more interesting to find out what was causing the queue ... Sir David Attenborough!!! Oh My God were we excited!!! My camera batteries had just gone bust so the two of us stood there and drew him instead - got a few funny looks - and the press guy with his film camera loomed over Charlotte's shoulder and filmed her drawing ;) ... My hero ... my excuse for the bad likeness? I was too excited!


9 comments:

suzanne said...

Ha! It is so funny to read this post as this is exactly the sketchbook assignment I gave my students this morning!!!! Wow. I'm going to create a post on our class' blog linking here, so my students can see what you've done with the assignment.

I love the way you write about your work and think this will be great for my class to see.

Gesa said...

oh - these are v cool... reading your blog and looking at what you get to do in class just makes me want to go and study art... hm...

design for mankind. said...

WOWWWWWWWWW---- your work is FANTASTIC!!! Do you have a shoppe???

Adam Foster-Fahy said...

I think you need to loosen up a bit. the first few sketches have very clear, controlled lines. if you've got only a couple of seconds to snatch a quick sketch, it's never going to be very neat. the shaky, explorative line of the attenbrough sketch is closer to what you need to record information quickly. you can re-draw it with a tylised clean line at a later point if you so wish.

janey` said...

I love the guy with the glass. I think we probably all have a bit of phobia about drawing in public.

Zara said...

These are brilliant! I love the way you've managed to capture their likenesses in such a short amount of time. It's such a difficult thing to do as well...good stuff!

Bitterjug said...

I love these. They are some of the most exciting mithipics I've seen so far. You and I have spoken before about doing stuff from life and being free and loose about it. I have heard you say you prefer illustration because it allows you to choose not to do much of this sort of thing. But I live these sketches. I like the man with the glass which is amazing, and the man on the phone too. I think the difficulty you say you experienced might arise as much from your beliefs about it being harder to do than from your ability. I bet if you had to do a whole bunch of these; like the 30 self portraits where it goes beyond the brief and just becomes a space to explore -- you would continue to produce lovely sketches _and_ come to enjoy the process even more. Thanks for having the courage to post these here, they are different from much of your stuff but it has given me great pleasure to look at them. -- Piglyt

Anonymous said...

ahhhhhhhh david. i still think about him you know hee hee cx

Kevin said...

I just thought I'd stop by and say that I love your drawings, this page was linked off of our classes assignment blog by Suzanne, I stopped by to take a look and I have been really impressed with your work, I'm going to have to look at your technique to see what I can absorb from it.