some thumbnails of my illustrations

some thumbnails of my illustrations
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Thursday, 1 July 2010

Tuesday's life drawing (And didn't I used to paint once?)

I finally made it to life drawing this week and picked up a pencil for the first time in nearly a month! The model did some great poses but my hand and eye weren't quite up to speed which was a shame...
This is the closest thing to a finished sketch I've got so far at these sessions (about an hour) although there is a lot wrong with it... I would have liked to have captured the lovely fluid sinuous curve of her back a bit better - it has ended up with some stiffness in the upper back which wasn't present in her pose. I think perhaps some of the shadows are not quite right there in the shoulders too which doesn't help the form.
Although I usually never go back to a life study without the model in front of me, I am tempted just to go and take out some of that straightness of the line from her left shoulder in the hope the curves will flow better... maybe...

This was the other passable sketch of about 30 minutes...

The business has really taken over completely these last couple of months so I've barely had time to see my children never mind think about artwork! Exhaustion has well and truly set in now as well, but hopefully we can settle back down to some kind of normal routine soon and I can get back my children ( who have been so, so good) and my art!
So, sorry for the lack of art posts lately, but sooner or later I shall rediscover my poor forgotten paintbrushes! (Just one big nightmarish mountain of books and tax returns to go! Arrgh!)


  1. Oh.... I sooo know the feeling of "didn't I used to paint once?" I've been getting so much done on the business front that will take time to manifest, but that is not leaving much time for artwork. And, well, also, the garden is a priority. So, I, too look forward to a balance and rhythm that includes art again very soon. Just showing up for drawing seems like a good way to keep your hand in it - more than I'm doing right now!
    Good luck with everything.

  2. I know the feeling, sometimes we need a 48 hour day!

  3. me too, i sat down to paint today for the first time in forever, and it felt sooo good. i wish we didnt have to do "business" things, my poor garden has been neglected too & im very lucky i have a wonderfully patient boy & husband.


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