Witty quote

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." (Winston Churchill)....Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. (Richard Wright)....Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet (Stephen Hawking)

Saturday, 3 November 2018

More of the same ...

... not really. I once tried to copy one of my drawings and failed miserably. The reason is probably that I seldom start out with a plan, but just let the drawing grow like topsy until I think it's finished. Sometimes I return to a drawing and decide it is not finished. Other times I return to one and rip it up. These are imporvisations, as usual. The two with pearls on them have been completed with watercolour pencils, while the third incorporates two gel pens (and it is not shaded, so it is not really quite finished and may undergo a few more processes - if so I'll post a before and after for comparison). Shading is important but not obligatory  - it adds depth and perspective - sometimes I rub out all the graphic shading and just leave the drawing 'naked'. I think I went a bit over the top in the one with the green spheres. No matter. The next drawing always draws on the latest experience. By going through all my watercolour pencils I discovered that I have a wonderful selection of colours just waiting to be applied, so I'd better make a start.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

More new A3 drawings

I had to give up the idea of getting an A3 sacanner.

Not only are they very expensive, but they take up a lot of room I don't have, so a Canon A4 had to serve the purpose. Juggling the views of a drawing is quite a challenge. The scan face is not really closed because some of the drawing is stickling out, and you have to turn the page to get half of the image (in 4 parts) or you can try to do a scan in 3 parts. That does not work every time and my old version of Photoshop Elements, which does brilliant merges, does not always like what it gets to merge. So scanning and editting these 7 objects took me close on two hours! Here they are. Sometimes I have spotted an idea and tried to adapt it. Sometimes the drawing just grows and grow and spills over the edges if I don't stop it happening! Sometimes it's a technical necessity to use all the page to design something.At the end of this page I've added an unfinished drawing.
.It's ongoing and I did not really want to draw patterns....


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

New drawings

I decided to complete a number of drawings started recently and not finished for various reasons. These 4 are the only ones I have had time to scan and edit, so a few few more will follow soon. I looked through older drawings and some of them desperately need working on, but I don't know if that will actually improve them after such a long time (some are up to 4 years old)! All these A3 drawings were done with a micro (i.e. metal-tipped) graphic pen and coloured with Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils used wet and dry. Some finer work was done with gel pens and the occasional coloured Edding liners. I really prefer drawing meaningful lines to drawing patterns, but I was on holiday and its easier to draw patterns in company, I discovered!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Tempus fugit

I can't really believe it's 4 months since I last wrote on this blog. I have been compiling a collection of drawings and I am going to post some as soon as I find them! Unfortunately I have a connector problem with my external drive and can't access anything right now - very annoying!

Monday, 16 April 2018

Taking time to blog

I seem to lose track of this blog, but it has too much content to close, so I'll add some instead. I have done a lot of drawing since I last posted something, but these three are the latest. I'm trying to improve my designs and am not tempted very often by all-over drawing as DIN A3 is rather large for that, but I include one despite the drops of tea that got on it after I shook the table! I might go back to that drawing, or I might not. The title says it all. Paradox is a very popular pattern, but hard work over large areas. I don't think I would approach it as I did this time, but I enjoyed myself doing it. The others are monochrome and will probably stay as they are. They are unshaded. I quite like the clean lines of unshaded line drawing. 


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