Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook

One of our Urban Sketchers group (Stephen McGrath) produced a short video of the sketchbook we completed for this project.

Urban Sketchers Swindon


Sunday, 20 May 2018

A simple pop-up book

Having seen an  image of a simple pop-up booklet by Paul Johnson,  made from one sheet of A4 paper, I decided to try my hand at making something similar.

I carefully did a trial run to ensure I knew which bits to fold and which to cut and in which order. Needless to say, the first cut I made on the original artwork was wrong!! - it should have been a fold. Luckily, I was able to tape it up without it looking too obvious.



The cover and closure band were made from a scrap of hand-printed and painted paper - finished size approx 3" x 5"




Inside -
Fine-liner ink drawings with Inktense and watercolour pencils

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Recent gouache and ink resist painting

This painting has been languishing in my "unresolved" folder for over a month.  The original plein air sketch was done in November 2017, then earlier this year I followed it up with a postcard size sketch which prompted me to try an ink resist version.  I am still trying to decide if I want to take it any further.

Postcard size pen and wash sketch
Drawing and watercolour washes on Arches 140 lb paper

I forgot to take photos of the intermediate stages of applying the gouache and then covering the entire painting with Indian ink (this process is explained here).

The Indian ink and gouache have been washed off
Further watercolour washes have been applied
Approx. 10" x 7"

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Swindon Urban Sketchers

A brilliant sunny day for today's meet at the play area, Cambrida Bridge Road.  Originally, this was the site of the canal through Swindon (now filled in with tarmac and providing a walkway towards the Town Centre).  The old canal bridge here was decorated with a canal scene in 1982 by local artist Ken White (renowned for his depiction of the Scarlet Lady emblem on Virgin Atlantic planes).  In need of restoration, it was replaced in 2015 with a more modern theme, including The Tardis (painted on a large concrete pillar) from the TV series Dr. Who.

Pen and Anilinky paints in Hahnemuhle Grey Book (A5)

Photo of The Tardis


The complete mural is about 4 times this length


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

More faces in April


All graphite on sketch paper - reference
television, internet, magazines
and imagination

Friday, 27 April 2018

Even more faces

A couple of these sketches were from old family photos - the lady in the large hat looks like she was around in the Edwardian era.