Classic Life Drawing 24_02_11

No life drawing again tonight, but oh me oh my – the drawings, the drawings! Some of my most favouritist and craziest pics right here, right now! Still not quite sure what was going through my noodley little mind when these things exited my pencil… but I loves ’em so I does, enjoy! bladdy lavs em!

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Life Drawing 17_02_11

Who’s an idiot? *Puts hand in the air – ME! ME! Schoolboy error tonight, I blame still recovering from being ill… no, I blame a client turning up at the last minute to pick up some materials and distracting me… no I blame me. I am an Heejit. ALWAYS make sure that you have an EMPTY sketchbook at hand to go drawing with – not one that is ALREADY FILLED WITH DRAWINGS! FFS. I still managed to have an alright session even though a fair chunk of it was spent ripping up large sheets of cartridge paper into small sheets of cartridge paper to draw on… here’s the results:

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Dave Cat moves in to 10 Downing Street

David Camerat, All your kitty are belong to us!

Classic Life Drawing 10_02_11

Still feeling under the weather today :( so no new life drawing. But never fear – Classic life drawing is always here! Its always a fascination going back through my old sketchbooks and it turns out there’s a couple of my most favourite pieces in this batch. I’ll leave it up to you to spot which ones I’m thinking of, but clues are one male straight drawing and some particularly bonkers noodlings – enjoy!

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Dry Point Intaglio Print Tests

Here’s my very first test proofs of the plates I talked about in my previous post on dry point etching here. I’ve just taken photos of them for the time being rather than scanning them, but when I’ve got my eye in a little more I’ll do some proper hi-res scans of the more finished articles. I didn’t realise that  you could make highlights with cotton buds on these plates, so it’ll be fun seeing what I get up to over the coming months as I learn about printing. It was a bit of a reality check to be honest – I’m as comfortable as could be etching plates, but I hadn’t quite twigged that printing is a skill in of itself that needs to be practised and learnt. Its, ummm… a bit more involved than just pressing the print button on the computer, natch. Hey ho – here’s what turned out, this is my very first test:

This next one was inked and highlighted by the person who was doing the 1 2 1 training at Spike Print, so I technically didn’t print it – but its certainly my plate. Incidentally both of these were drawn  at life drawing – I was very pleased with the plates as first stabs at etching live…

I see the potential with this one, will be good to see how these develop through the edition. The last one here was unfortunately the least successful, I was left to my own devices and ended up taking too much ink off the plate leaving a very washed out image. Its also a bit gutting as this was one that I took from an earlier life drawing from my sketchbook which I transferred at length to plate in (what I thought…) great detail. Turns out that my nice neat, shallow lines aren’t scored deep enough to print effectively. bums. heh ho. Lessons learnt with this plate.

Looking forward to carrying on my learnings…


Classic Life Drawing 03_02_01

Unable to make it to Life Class tonight unfortunately :( – but never fear, Classic Life drawing silliness is always here! Tonight we have the worlds tallest guppy (!) and some excellent examples of spaghetti tendroligy to feast your moistened eyes upon… enjoy! I’ll be back next week with business as usual :D

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