Originally these were two minute sketches from Tuesday night’s life drawing session. They were just line drawings, and looked very unfinished so I had a little fun last night and splashed some colour onto them. It was rewarding because I didn’t care if I ruined them or not, they were just quick little sketches. It’s all in the mind…
Painting watercolour on ordinary paper should be avoided if possible. 😉
This was a tough session. The weather was awful and I got soaked in the cold November rain, I was not in the right frame of mind from the onset. I thought all my sketches were disasters but looking at them now, the next day I see that it wasn’t a wasted evening at all. My watercolour technique is slowly improving, I’m getting a better feel for the medium, all it takes is – practice, practice, practice. I don’t mind, it’s what I want to do. It’s a great hobby.
I went sketching at Ikea today together with super-talented Nina Johansson. We are part of a small group here in Stockholm that meet once a month to sketch. At this time of the year it is too cold to be outside so we choose an indoor location. Ikea was a fun place to be, lots of interesting perspectives, colours and details. I bought a few things for my kitchen after we had finished sketching. 🙂
The entrance to Ikea
Sketching sofas at Ikea is a comfortable experience.
The strange white figure looks at the weird bed perspective…
I am much happier with my sketches this time around. I felt confident while using pen and wash to capture the male-model’s different poses. I want to emulate Charles Reid but I seem to be mixing in a little Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud in there too! No harm in that, but I want to be more subtle in my execution. I still have problems mixing Cerulean Blue (red shade), Cadmium Yellow Pale and Cadmium Red together to create skin tones in the short time I have for each sketch. It’s fun trying to get better though.
My name is David Meldrum, I love painting watercolours. Another passion I have is life drawing, I run a class called Meldrum Kroki. I was born in Ireland but since 1990 I have lived in Stockholm, Sweden.
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