Saturday, 30 April 2011

Jurassic Park!

Actually, sorry, it's just Crystal Palace Park in beautiful South London. This is one of the fantastic dinosaur sculptures (Iguanodon, to be precise) from 1854 which are dotted around a few islands in a small lake. It's actually quite difficult to draw a creature you don't have any reference images of in your mind already. Fortunately, nor do other people so it doesn't really matter if it's not that accurate!

Giant seagulls, footwear

After cream tea, we headed down to the beach where I DID get my swim... It was 6 o'clock, not exactly boiling and still APRIL remember - but there were a few odd people paddling and I was determined to go in! And it was FREEZING! Anyway, back on the pebbles (no sand round here!) the sun was setting over the rocks making for nice silhouettes of the children playing in the background. There were some seagulls milling about which I wanted to include in my sketch. One of two things happened here. a) My placing and perspective were all wrong and the seagull subsequently looks e-nor-mous. b) My drawing abilities are 100% perfect, and this was in fact the GIANT SEAGULL mentioned in the previous post.

Plus BONUS footwear sketch to add to the summer air of the post and point out again the novelty of SEA-SWIMMING and FLIP-FLOPS in April in the UK!

Afternoon Tea

Down on the south Coast on Easter Sunday, this was the delightful scene as I sipped tea and ate scones (clotted cream or jam - which do you apply first??) in the garden of a little tea room in Rottingdean - what you can't see in the other direction are the scruffy lines of washing and a giant seagull ready to swoop and make off with your food if you weren't careful!

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Southwark's cultural delights

This little angel with an arm missing (intentional) and one black eye (unintentional) was in Nunhead Cemetery over in SE15, probably one of the most peaceful places in the borough. I am tempted to add some watercolour to it... will post if I do!

London's cultural delights

I popped into the V&A museum after work one day for some inspiration and came across these guys, obviously at some kind of naked tea party, fighting over the last custard cream. Despite the overeaction to a fairly trivial situation, they made for good subjects.

Home sweet home

My bedroom on Landells Road. I was going to use a bit of artistic licence and leave out the unsightly drying rack, but thought no! What has drying rack done to be excluded? It deserves a chance as much as the more, er, sightly things, like the tv and my hifi from 1994... anyway, it turned out to be my favourite bit of the drawing!

Getting started

I was inspired to start doing more drawing and posting online after a trip to Sweden last month to visit my brother and his wife - she is an artist and has her own lovely blog, and she also introduced me to Danny Gregory's The Creative Licence - so how's this for motivation, I got started on the plane ride home, with this profound, mind-boggling drawing (myself drawing myself drawing myself!!) of reflection in window.


Wow, back on blogger for the first time since 2008. Very exciting!! I will be posting drawings, of this and that, everyday life etc, maybe with a bit of text depending on whether the artwork needs it or just speaks for itself, man, or if I just feel like rambling, I will also be trying to limit my use of commas, ... and exclamation marks!!! (Just getting some out of my system!)