Monthly Archives: April 2013

My Modigliani

Today I finally got round to doing my version of a Modigliani.

Lunia Czechowska (1919)

I really like several of his female portraits but, I finally chose this one to do my version.  I really like the way Modigliani depicted her bone structure.  He did most of his paintings in oil but for my version I decided to have a go with soft pastels and pastel pencils.  I have posted the final painting under the Pastel Paintings tab.


Week 2 – Observation

Today’s lesson was all about contour lines and using pen again.  We had a selection of objects to choose from and I chose a length of rope.

I was advised to do just did a section of it as it’s a really complicated subject to tackle.

Rope (WIP)

I decided to work on A5 Daler-Rowney Heavy-weight cartidge paper, I only got this far in class so, I finished it at home.  I have posted the finished drawing under the Pen & Ink Drawings tab.

First Day Of A New Term – Observation

It was really great to see old and new faces today and everyone was eager to see what our art teacher had in store for us.  This term we are concentrating on observation.

We had to work in pairs to create a still life and then to render it in pen.  We were allowed to draw a very faint outline in pencil first and then work in pen after.

I really enjoyed this exercise although, I got a bit carried away with my black marker pen and took the background too far down.  Luckily, one of the ladies kindly lent me a paint brush and her tube of acrylic paint and I was able to rectify it.

I have posted it under the Practice Pieces tab as I feel it doesn’t warrant going under the Pen & Ink tab as I had to rescue it with paint (which technically has made it mixed media anyway and not true pen & ink).

Goldwing Trike 1800 – Completed

I finally finished the Goldwing Trike today and I am so happy with the final result. It took me in total 6 hours to do (each session broken down to about 15 minutes each). 

I haven’t decided if I am going to do the 1500GL version next or my friend’s Triumph Bonneville. Whichever, one I decide on will be a whole new challenge!

 I have posted the completed drawing under the Graphite Drawings tab.

Playing With Pens

My art classes start again on Friday 19 April and we will be starting with the usual observation lesson first but, this time we will be using pen!  We haven’t done much pen work to date so it will be an exciting lesson and a very challenging one.  I am really looking forward to gaining confidence using this medium.

Today, I decided to have a go at a couple of pen drawings.  My first attempt wasn’t great I decided to try to draw straight with pen without any form of under drawing and it was a bit of a disaster!  I ran out of paper towards the top and ended up squashing up the composition.  Next I decided to do a tracing of the outline to give me some guidance and transfered that to the paper I was using.  I then went over the top with pen.

With my “safety net” in place, I felt much more confident, I knew the balance in the compostion was sorted so, that then left me free to concentrate on working out how the different pens worked and what effects I could achieve.

I have posted the two drawings under the Pen & Ink Drawings tab.