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I Declare This Drawing Finished!

Black pen drawing of scattered keys

It seems like ages ago since I started this drawing. It was a homework from Andrea‘s klass during the most recent semester of Sketchbook Skool, which ran during July and August.

I kept adding a bit to it each day for a while and then Drawing August came along so this took a back seat for a while. I finally came back to it again yesterday and realised that at some point I would have to decide that this drawing was complete.

I added the keyring this morning and immediately regretted it and then I added about 4 more keys to the drawing to balance things out a bit before declaring the drawing finished.

I scanned it in colour mode and it’s interesting to see not only how the cross hatching has become a bit bleached out but how the different black inks show up as slightly different colours. Other than a few ballpoint pens, I used a multiliner on one key (and decided that that was a mistake) plus some black and grey coloured pencil to add some softness and to do the final shadows under each key.

As before, you can click on the drawing to see a higher-resolution version of it on my Flickr.

Drawing of a Building

Ink and watercolour drawing of Bayer House Golden lane

Bayer House, Golden Lane. (Click on the image to see a larger, higher resolution version)

This drawing was a Sketchbook Skool homework that I didn’t manage to complete during the course. Liz Steel set us 2 homeworks with the idea being that you didn’t have to do both. I did the first and decided that the building drawing could wait for when I could get outside – energy and weather permitting.

Dry weather and a decent amount of energy didn’t seem to tie up for me so it was a long time before I got round to this. The building I chose to draw was the rear of Bayer House on the Golden Lane Estate in London.

Black ink preliminary sketches of building details

The bonus with this place was that I could do a lot of the preparation work from the comfort of a friend’s living room so no need to sit outside in the unpredictable weather!

I did some preliminary sketches, like I did with my other homework for Liz so I could get to know the thing I was drawing and then started laying out the final drawing in pencil. I also took some photos because I couldn’t finish this in one sitting so I used them for reference when I was working on it back at home.

Because this particular building is made up of mostly squares and rectangles I did use a ruler (is that cheating? Maybe…) to get things set out, although even that wasn’t perfect. When I inked it in though I drew freehand over the pencil lines so the drawing still had some kind of looseness to it.

It was more complex than I think I’d anticipated and maybe the repetition of shapes throughout the building made it more difficult, I’m not sure. This is also the first drawing I think I’ve done where it’s spread across onto a second page.

That made scanning a bit of a problem because my scanner is A4 sized and the double page spread wouldn’t fit. I scanned it in two parts and spent some time learning how to merge the two images into one, before tidying it up, cropping and resizing.

The final image on here is very tiny just because of the space available but if you click on it you’ll be taken to a much higher res version of it on my Flickr stream.

Drawing August Part 5

6 tiny watercolor drawings

Drawing August is obviously over now and these are the last 6 drawings. I think keeping the drawings small was a good plan so that completing a drawing every day didn’t become too taxing in terms of time or energy.

My plans now are to keep drawing regularly but I won’t necessarily produce a finished drawing every single day. I’ve actually made a start on my architecture drawing from Liz Steel‘s klass during the last semester of Sketchbook Skool so that’s kind of my next drawing priority for the moment.

Drawing August Part 4

6 tiny watercolor drawings in a grid.

I’m into the home straight for Drawing August now so only 6 more daily drawings to go.

I did experiment with photographing this page because again, scanning seems to have an odd effect on the colours but then photographing it didn’t seem that great either. I decided to stick with the scan for now because it just seemed faster and simpler.

I’ll post both the high-res scan and the photo to my Flickr stream though so you can decide for yourself which you prefer. Just click on the image above to link to the high-res scan then press the left arrow key to view the previous image which is the photo.

One thing I have noticed is that the colours of the things I’m choosing to draw have been a bit more subdued this week. I wonder if that’s a reflection of how I’ve been feeling. Could well be.

Nature Sketch

Watercolour landscape

This is another Sketchbook Skool drawing from a few weeks ago. I’ve still not made it out to do an architecture drawing for Liz Steel‘s klass (I will at some point) but this one is a nature sketch I did when Cathy Johnson was teaching us.

I did this from a photograph that I took (but didn’t post on here) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

The bit on the right hand side is just a section of the facing page that the scanner caught. Cathy recommended playing around with all the different greens, yellows and blues in our palettes so we had a reference point for the main drawing and it was (and still is) very handy to have that.

I resized this picture before posting it, as I do with all the images on here but with this one you can click on it and see the higher-res version on my Flickr stream if you’re interested.