I’m still playing around with these coloured pencils. I sketched from a photograph I found on the internet, I like the pose, it’s hard to find erotic material on the net that is not too pornographic if you know what I mean. Where is the line between eroticism and pornography anyway? I guess that’s up to each and everyone of us to decide for ourselves.

Nude sketch by David Meldrum
Naked on the internet, a study.

Portrait of Leonard Cohen

I took my time with this portrait, working on it several times during the last week.

Leonard Cohen portrait by David Meldrum
Leonard Cohen portrait on A3 paper, coloured pencils.

Thursday’s male nude portrait

Venue: The Swedish Academy of Realist Art 

I wish I could spend more time watercolouring, I mean, lots of time, even full-time. The month of April and May are the busiest time of the year for me at work, I have a number of fun web projects that I’m working on, but it keeps me from my art, life is hard.

Watercolour by David Meldrum 20130425
Male Nude, Watercolour, 2 hours, A3, 300g paper, 2013.04.25

Saturday’s Life drawing

Venue:  konstskolan BASIS 2013.04-20

I’m experimenting with coloured pencils on light-brown paper since last week. I like the technique, it is a quick way to create a more three-dimensional form.

Nude by David Meldrum 2013.04.20
Nude 2013.04.20

Nude by David Meldrum 2013.04.20
Nude 2013.04.20

Thursday’s life drawing

Venue: The Swedish Academy of Realist Art  20130418

I actually turned up at the wrong life drawing session, I wondered why no one had arrived and then I slowly realised that I was at the wrong place on the wrong day! Luckily, I was half an hour early and so made it to the right address just on time. I’m stressed at work, I can blame it on that or maybe it’s my age.

Nude by David Meldrum
Pencils on coloured paper. Nude 2013.04.18


Useful compositional tips by Mark Mehaffey

Paola Troilo

Paola uses Photoshop and finger painting to create his works. His official website is,

troilo_handpainting from paolo troilo on Vimeo.

Raitune5 – Scuba ♪ Paolo Troilo ♦ 10.06.2012 from MigUel on Vimeo.

Thursday’s figure painting

After one hour this painting was going real well. The pencil drawing was fine and the first watercolour wash felt good.

Then, for the last hour of the session I painted layer upon layer of bad decisions. By the end of the session I was totally frustrated at my limited technique. So I scrubbed a lot of the pigment from the model’s face, dropped it into my carrying case and went home grumpier than a newly-woken bear.

When I got home, I took a large black pencil to the painting and what you see below is the result. I’m actually happy with it, but I still wish I could paint better, then I wouldn’t have to use a pencil to rescue the portrait.

Watercolour Male Nude by David Meldrum
Male Nude 20130411

Life drawing hunger

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm.

I was not able to do any life drawing for a whole week! … So I was very eager to sketch last night. 😉

Life drawing sketch by David Meldrum 20130409
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Life drawing sketch by David Meldrum 20130409
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Life drawing sketch by David Meldrum 20130409
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Life drawing sketch by David Meldrum 20130409
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Life drawing sketch by David Meldrum 20130409
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