June 29, 2017

OCA Drawing 1, Part 3, Project 2 & 3

Exercise 2: Sketchbook walk

'Make four sketches during your walk... drawing rapidly... don't rub anything out... think of your sketching as taking notes...'

So these four images are 15 minute sketches made around Brill, Buckinghamshire...

June 28, 2017

OCA Drawing 1, Part 3, Project 2

Drawing clouds... of course would coincide with the hottest, driest week for over 40 years in the UK, haha! Thankfully I had a few photos from previous drawing trips: layers of cloud over the Solent, feathery cirrus against blue skies an...

June 25, 2017

'The Banishment of Hagar', Claude Lorrain 1682.

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

 'The castle at Trento' 1495

'Valley Kalchreuth' 1495

Dürer left a fascinating record of medieval Europe through carefully observed line drawings, etchings and muted water colours.

They seem sensitiv...

June 13, 2017

Very briefly: I didn't like admitting defeat over my first attempt at a group of trees mentioned at the start of my previous post.

This was the scene that did if for me initially, rather, this is about a quarter of the scene, neatly framed by the iPad ca...

June 11, 2017

'Work in a wood or study a group of trees... variety of media, colour. Look for a point of interest... an element of perspective or strong contrasts in light & shade, or the dynamic forms.'

So, I had several attempts at this. The first (below, left) was a disaster... I...

June 11, 2017

There are some fantastic trees in the courtyard outside my door. This mulberry tree is full of textures of old bark and thick moss; I started with some photography and then frottage to capture shapes and textures. My tutor said my strength is line drawing while my weak...

June 8, 2017

The brief: Find a tree that interests you... do around 4 preliminary drawings, keep building up on the basis of previous sketches.

• Draw a simple outline of the overall shape.

• Draw basic shapes in outline or shaded areas that describe how the foliage forms in differen...

June 8, 2017

So, I'm enrolled on the OCA distance learning BA in Fine Art, which begins with a module on drawing. Great! And requires students to keep a 'learning log': a reflective record of experience, learning, problem solving and research. Having tried several formats including...

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