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Life Drawing 14_10_10

Blimey, that’s a bit of a surprise… almost entirely straight drawings from this evening’s Life Class. Not a head worm in sight, and only one slightly meaty hunchback.

I wonder why that was? Perhaps it was because today was a new sketchbook day, or I’m using a pencil that’s not entirely worn down to the nubbin. Who knows. I’m beginning to think about using inks and some sort of nibbed pen instead of the old faithful karismacolor Black pencil crayon. I’ve been in a bit of a quandry as Karismacolor no longer exists (and hasn’t done for some time…) with what to replace my trusted medium with. I’ve just realised that Berol made Karismacolor pencils, so that explains why they disappeared, but I digress. I love dip pen and ink, but its inconvenient and messy unless you are at a drawing board – so what to use for life class? Its a joyous world of discovery! I must get colour into my work somehow, but that’s a longer term goal. I’m circling round the idea of using inks to make tracing vector shapes from the drawings in Illustrator an easier process and colouring digitally, but digital colour? …its just, not right. hmmm… Anyways, read on to see tonights’ selection of images, lower volume this week as I stuck to 15 minute poses to get a more finished picture -> Continue reading Life Drawing 14_10_10

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Life Drawing 07_10_10

When Life Drawing goes bad!  Looks like this blog is going to be a warts and all type affair… so be it. I’m knackered, got a stinking cold that won’t quit and too much work to do to be able to take any time off to recover. boo hoo, wah, wah.

I suppose its the way things have always been with Life Class, sometimes it goes great, sometimes its like drinking sick. So fill your boots and read on to see what happens when things don’t go to plan. There’s a perverse kind of pleasure posting up drawings that I think are fundamentally a bit shit… so lets go with it

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Life Drawing 30_09_10

What a fantastic evening for head worms! 2 Extraordinary events, one never before captured on paper. We have a revelatory sighting of a rare spiral head worm, and a world first glimpse of a leatherback marine head worm returning to the sea from its spawning grounds.

Extremely rare spiral headworm

To top off an already landmark evening, we also see the return of spaghetti tendroligy. Noodley appendages once again point to the heavens in memory of his noodley goodness. Full spaghetti radiology still appears to be a distant hope, but in these rapidly changing times who can tell whether the durum wheat radio waves will remain silent. Again, good volume of images tonight, lots of 5 min poses. Read on for a collection of very silly pictures…

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Life Drawing 23_09_10

2 Head worms and a full body worm! That’s a good haul for a Thursday evening. What better way to wind down after a long hard day at the digital coalface than drawing poor unsuspecting life models mashed up in a Dave’s eye view.

A small psychic head worm

Lots of 5 minute poses this session so the volume is quite large this week. I’m going to keep posting up every single drawing, good bad or/and ugly for the time being, so read on for more sillyness…

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Yay Life Drawing! :D Finally…

Ok, so this is the reason why I started this blog in the first place… as a way to get my life drawings, which usually stay unseen and unloved in my massive sketchbook pile out in to giddy heights of public space! Its late, and I’ve decided to just post all of the drawings that came out of tonights session at Bristol Grammar School courtesy of Will’s (now huge…) life class! So without further ado, welcome to the wibbly world of Dave Cropley…

If you asked me, I couldn't tell you why!

I should perhaps mention at this point that I’ve been doing this for about 15 years now, so I just draw what the hell I feel like! Also, to any of the life models who ever see my art – I’m sorry! I have a propensity to bring out the worst in whoever I draw, I don’t know why I do it, its just my ‘thing’. There’s many more, so read on… (don’t forget to click the images to see full size versions)

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