Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Sketches on the train and tube in December XIV

The year is coming to an end and I am getting revived and prepared for the New Year, watch this spot, they'll be works for sale, my full sketchbook going on sale and lots to feed your eyes on, keep sketching too the power is limitless!



Friday, December 26, 2008

Sketches on the train, tube and platform in December XIII

After a lovely time with family over Christmas, I make my way back home to Belvedere from Collindale in North London. Still the trains were packed, though not running frequenly and many lines were closed.

Enjoy these sketches while you can as travelling on the train/tube for may be too costly for me in the New Year on a regular basis, Hope it gets better though cos I'll really miss all these people and the great opportunity to sketch them!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sketches on the train and bus, platform and loo in December XII

I had to stand up on the train today as I was carrying so much stuff I couldn't sit down with them. In one of the sketches there was a lady who probably had been doing Xmas shopping....she just went to sleep for the whole 29 mins from London Bridge to Belvedere! That's a sketchers delight!

I couldn't find my Biro before I bought one on the way so I used a brown coloured pencil that was available in some of the sketches.

There's also a picture of me sketching I took this one myself with self timer mode on my camera, it gets a rare shot!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dressed up for Christmas, 9" x 6", coloured pencil, 2008

This is to all who read this blog daily or who just stumble upon it today!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The model is my son Josh, dressed up on Christmas day a few years ago when he was 1.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Sketches on the bus tube and train in December X

More people...............A sketch a day keeps the..........short of what to say!

My Biro Sketching Kit

This is my Biro sketching kit

1. Bic Biro (medium)

2. TOMBOW Dual Brush pen (Number 75)- Cool Grey..I think

3.Daler -Rowney sketch Book A6(150g/m acid free cartridge paper) or Winsor & Newton Heavy Weight Case Bound Sketch Book A6 (170 gsm heavy weight paper)

Friday, December 19, 2008

AFRO XXI, 8" x 10", Carbon pencil/charcoal dust/graphite, 2008 SOLD

This is number 21 in my current Afro series, its all about the beauty of natural black hair.

Both models here were seen by me on Sunday at church during the afternoon respite, helping themselves to look good.

I am beginning to have a real love affair with graphite................

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

AFRO XX, 10" x 8", coloured pencil/sanguine dust, 2008

This is number 20 in my current Afro series.

The emphasis is all about the beauty of natural black hair.

I met a lovely lady, during the weekend and she had a nice looking Afro, not the kind you'll always see. I looked once and twice....then got the courage to ask if she'll like to be in my current series.....She agreed!

This was done with ghosting the sanguine dust on a self sanded watercolour paper. Then different tones of browns,reds and orange coloured pencils were used to bring out tones and details.

Sketches on the train and tube In December VII

More people, got these done on my way to Saatchi Gallery yesterday.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Sketching at Saatchi Gallery

I visited the Saatchi Gallery this evening to view the current exhibition " The Revolution Continues- New Art from China"
Its the first time I have been to a Saatchi Gallery and the first thing that hit me was the size of the gallery rooms!

There are some really really good works on show and I would encourage anyone in London to go and have an art feast. What I enjoyed best was the basement, it had 13 life size sculptures and 13 dynamo-electric wheel chairs of "Old Persons Home 2007". The works were done by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu. Please click on the link you'll be shocked at the striking life-likeness of these men in the wheel chairs- the funny thing is that they move around too!

I needed to sketch at least one of them but they all kept spinning.Then I asked one of the attendants to help me out. She then showed me one which she said won't move for the rest of the evening - I quickly sketched this guy before he started to move!

If you really want to sketch a human figure that won't let you down and is close to life, without any model fees try these guys- they are simply fantastic!

Sketches on the train and tube in December VI

More people............One of the faces here is a self portrait of me from a train window, can you guess .......?