I am happy with a lot of my sketches from this session. I focused on trying to keep a single line that is expressive and in no way hesitant. Completing a watercolour sketch in such a short time is challenging, the hardest part is to mix my colours and create the desired skin tones. I use: Naples Yellow, Cerulean Blue and Cadmium Red mostly.
Today, I hung out with the Stockholm Sketchers at the Modern Art Museum here in Stockholm. We meet up on the last Sunday of each month. It was a very enjoyable few hours drinking coffee, chatting and even finding time to draw.
Relaxing at the Modern Art Museum, Stockholm. 20130224, A4 Moleskin.
Texting at the Modern Art Museum, Stockholm. 20130224, A4 Moleskin.
This was meant to be Bob Dylan, I’m not too bothered that I didn’t get the likeness 100%. I’m just starting off with my portrait painting. I’m happy enough with my watercolour technique, the shadowing on the face could be better; not so stressed, I’m learning after all. I consider myself to be a student, I will study and practice for a few more years. Then I have no idea what will happen, I have no master plan. 🙂
Sketch, sketch, sketch, sketch, sketch and sketch. There is no short-cut to self-improvement. One has to put in the hours, it is fortunate that I am enjoying myself immensely trying to reach this illusive higher plane. (More sketches can be found under, “My Life Drawing 2013 (Kroki)”)
I’m happy with this portrait, I feel that I am starting to reap the benifits of all those life drawing sessions – my art is becoming more fluid. Thursday’s life drawing session was 2 hours long in total but in reality, with all the breaks, we had 90 minutes to complete our work.
Original size: 508 x 406 mm, watercolour paper 300g.
An urban sketcher I really admire is Ch’ng Kiah Kiean. He has an architectural background and was born in Penang, Malaysia. His homepage points to three different locations: his Sketch Diary, his Facebook page and Flickr.
The head of my tripod shattered from the severe cold when I was north of The Arctic Circle last weekend. It fell over and smashed into small glass-like pieces. This meant I was not able to watercolour last night at Tuesday’s life drawing session as I use the tripod as my easel. I did not mind, change is good and I enjoyed sketching with my pencils.
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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