Not inspired

I managed one sketch that I was happy with from last Tuesday. Yes, I was not inspired that day. I’ve been painting watercolours during the week, better inspiration there!

Graphite drawing on A3 paper

Meldrum sketch
Meldrum sketch

First life drawing for while

2017.05.15

It feels like it was years ago since I last went to life drawing. There has been so much going on in my life that I haven’t had time – but now I do, this week at least. This is my relax week, I’m just painting and drawing what I want. No pressure, just fun.

I liked this model, she is new to the scene here in Stockholm, I think it was her second time modelling, not 100% sure about that, her name is Erika. A new model is always welcome, one gets too used to the regulars which is dangerous because there is a tendency to stop looking at the model and draw what we think we see. Does that make sense?

Sketched on Canson Croquis A3 paper, 90g. I used 9b, 6b, and 2b lead in mechanical pencils. Actually I will include a picture of my pencils.

 

Tuesday’s life drawing

2017.03.14

One of my favorite models, she is like a angelic fairy and quite creative in her posing. The more difficult ones I never publish, it’s very hard to capture a human knot, it doesn’t matter how beautiful it is. I wish I could remember her name, I’m so bad with names.

Monday’s life drawing

I had the same model (Roza) as I had on the Saturday, different venue and more time for each pose. My paper was A4 and the grain of it was different from what I am used too so it took a few bad drawings to get used to it. I don’t think A4 is big enough to express good lines and expression.

Life drawing again

My first life drawing since the spring and I decided to use my watercolours. I used cheap Canson watercolour paper, I hate it compared to Arches or Fabriano but it’s just too expensive to waste a block of quality paper during a life drawing session. I used Koo i noor woodless watercolour sticks for the first time, I really liked them so I’ll be using them a lot in future. Each of these watercolours took five minutes to complete, at that speed one cannot hesitate – a quick line sketch of the figure and then paint as much as you can in the remaining time before the pose ends. It’s stressful for sure but I find it exhilarating.

Sunday Nude

I spent the whole day yesterday drawing and painting. First I met up with fellow Stockholm – Urbansketchers. We gathered outside the library at Kulturhuset which is a large cultural centre in the middle of Stockholm. Later in the day some of us attended life drawing at Konstnärshuset,  this watercolour took 40 minutes. It was challenging because I had to paint wet on wet most of the time. I had to apply thick paint for the eyes, otherwise the damp paper would have blurred them out of recognition. If you would like to see my urban-sketches please visit here.
Sunday figure painting

Painting a live model

I wish there were more opportunities to paint longer model poses here in Stockholm. Maybe the art colleges have. If anyone out there knows of same position, one, two or three hours model posing please do inform me.
This watercolour took one hour in total to paint. I say in total because we had a 20 minute coffee break after forty minutes. See previous post for the last painting from the evening, it was a quick one that took 10 minutes.

One hour watercolour of live model, Arches Rough 300g

Back to smudging

Venue: Mäster Olofsgården, Old town, Stockholm 20151102

I have a friend visiting Stockholm at the moment. He goes to life drawing nearly everyday when he is in town. I’m going to more sessions because of this. It’s fun, I meet new people I wouldn’t otherwise meet.
I’m back to using charcoal dust and smudging with my fingers. It like this technique, it’s fast and expressive. The only negative is that it’s pretty messy but that’s a small sacrifice for the sake of art!

Ten minute sketch

Ten  minute sketch

Ten  minute sketch

Five  minute sketch

Fifteen  minute sketch

Five  minute sketch

Five  minute sketch

Five  minute sketch

Two  minute sketch


Different treatment

I held my pencil right at the end of the shaft. I kept my arm totally straight while my sketch pad was down on the floor while I sat. Interesting results I think, quite lively.
Basis, Stockholm 20150919

Two minute pose

Two minute pose

Two minute pose