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The Open College of the Arts website recommends keeping sketchbooks, visual diaries, filling at least one page each day. Please click on the images to see them at full size if you want to. Drawings from Part Three: Most recent at the top.
The drawing above is a drawing of one of my statue drawings. I hatched in the negative space to add some contrast.
The drawing above is another drawing of my statue drawing. It is a negative space study, which I did quickly, with little attention to detail.
I made some scribbles on large paper, and then I divided the paper and made drawings in blue ink.
This drawing (above) is from memory.
Above is a drawing of a drawing, four times. To see how it would change the more you repeated it.
Above and below are some drawings of the village I live in, from memory.
Edward Hopper’s painting House by the Railroad again, this time in oil pastels.
Drawing in roller ball ink pen.
Edward Hopper’s painting: House by the Railroad, 1925. I used ink and coloured pencils.
Drawing of a painting by David Hockney. Seated Woman Drinking Tea, Being Served by a Standing Companion, 1963
Drawing of a hat mannequin in the shop.
Below are a collection of scribbles and doodles on the backs of receipts. I made them when I had a spare moment at work behind a till.
Rubbings of coins from my pocket on a receipt.
Here are some thumbnail studies of the layout composition of pages in a magazine.
Here are some more thumbnail studies of the layout composition of pages in a magazine.
I am trying to keep looking at the advice and suggestions on the oca website, and one thing I have come across multiple times is to stick everything and anything which interests or inspires you into one of your sketchbooks. I have been collecting things I find and sticking them in my journal. I think it really does help my creativity, and also helps me to get ideas about composition.
This is interesting because of the colours and the negative space. I was originally planning to draw in the spare space, but now I am not sure I will.
This one has layers because I stuck foil on ages ago, then painted it white, then stuck the pictures on too. I also think that the way the two pages work together is very effective. It is definitely helpful to me for layout and composition.
Baked bean tin wrapper. I really like these wrappers. I think they look even better stuck down like this.
Two men talking.
In the art gallery.
Brown and white goat in pencil on a receipt. He tried to eat my paper.
Self portrait using dip pen and brush.
I did this drawing also because of the perspective project I am doing right now. It as also just a nice still life anyway.
Pencil studies of whomever and whatever is around.
Here are some doodles.
I have done this drawing because today I started an exercise in parallel perspective.
I have tried here to do “boxing in” which I saw and artist do in “Sketchbooks” by Richard Bereton.
Fun drawing of the kitchen sink. This was a quick loose drawing which I just had fun making. I read that if you find you have lots of obstacles which prevent you from having lots of time to draw, you should draw the obstacles.
This is a drawing on the inside of a flour bag. This was fun to draw on because it is a large place to draw, and it is all crinkled from its previous purpose. This also makes it good for folding down and sticking into a smaller sketchbook, because it already has fold lines, and the drawing will not be spoilt.
Drawings of a drawing I made previously. This was fun to try, and it was interesting how the figure changed during the quick repetitive reproduction of the same drawing. Gridded paper is good for drawing on.
Dad asleep in a chair. This is drawn on lined notepaper because it was all I had to hand, and I didn’t want him to wake up before I’d drawn him. He fell asleep reading. Drawn with B pencil.
People in the train.
Study of a tomato plant in a pot. Blue quink ink and coloured pencils. This is a negative space drawing except that the lines cross over one another as they are drawn.
Woman in the train on the phone. I have used colour and I think this helps to draw the figure out of the background and text.
People in the library.
Drawing of objects on desk – blue quink ink. I think this is also a little difficult to distinguish from the text on the page.
Writing boy – also in pencil, also not a very good contrast to the text on the page. Zoomed in view below.
Writing boy – close up.
Girl with sunglasses – pencil drawing. The pencil lines have a conflict with the text on the page – I think it makes the drawing difficult to view. (Below is a closer view of the drawing, which is easier to see.)
Girl with sunglasses – close up.
Thoughtful lady. Pencil.
Man with Moustache.
Girl in blue coat.
Man with glasses.
A lady and a cat.
My favourite rock with stickers and a post it note.
Bodie sitting on the bed.
Drawing of a map in a book.
The drawing above is done in felt tip on a page in an old book, with some white paint. Below is a drawing using green felt tip opposite a drawing using ink and dip pen. I like dip pens because they are unpredictable. The black ink has a striking contrast against the white of the page, and there is no competition between it and the text. The green ink does not stand out very well; it has more of a subtle effect than the black.I like interacting with what is already on the page – drawing freely and letting things happen. I keep writing words which come into my head, or scribbling; sometimes I just leave spaces blank. On the page below I have left quite a lot of empty spaces, which I think is good for the drawings. I used an ink dip pen and it was not flowing very well – it kept catching when I turned it. So I used the tip of my finger to draw some of it – it is obvious which places are drawn with the tip of a finger. But this drawing turned out well any way.