This is an academic charcoal sketch of a plaster bust, which I did at my Atelier drawing school last October, and then used as the basis for Country Girl (see archive). I’ve mashed it up here – covered it with a digital ‘shawl’ of lovely printed fabrics. I like the way you can see the edges of each ‘patch’ of fabric.
Archive for Atelier School
Another exercise in oil painting; a still life at the Atelier school last night after a long day at work. At a certain point, I get really tired, and just have enough energy to make what I’ve done, not quite accurate as it is, look pretty. I couldn’t find the right colours- egg-yolk yellow for the vase etc – but I did get the right soft feeling to it all.
I’ve just started my second term of Atelier school classes at Lavender Hill: learning to draw accurately with charcoal and paint in the European ‘chiaroscurro’ tradition. It’s very hard and absolutely exhilarating. Here is my exercise of drawing a plaster cast wrapped in a textile ‘shawl’ under a sharply angled spotlight.