Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Portrait Practice

I've not drawn many people before and since members of my family refuse to pose for me, I decided to use google for reference. Sat with sketchpad in front of monitor, each one took around an hour to complete. I found the experience very enjoyable and am pleased with the results. I think I'm going to try some faster character sketches next.

Monday, 14 December 2009


I've finished work now until the new year and for the next five days it's just me and the dog at home. Her name is Mollie and she is a four year old English Springer Spaniel...

Monday, 7 December 2009

Gillott 303

Several weeks have past since my last post and I've still not managed to get out to do any sketching; what with work commitments and all the rain we've had, lately. I've got more than three weeks off over Christmas, so if the weather holds out I intend to make up for lost time.

In my spare time I've been experimenting with a Gillott 303 dip pen using Speedball ink and it is definitley my new weapon of choice. The variety of line widths achievable by varying the pressure on the nib are outstanding. Here are a couple of examples I did in my lunch hour...