Life without a pencil

This is a great Christmas present! It seems I do not need to outline anymore. This is the second watercolour I have created without any initial pencil marks. I am happy enough with the result and I look forward now to 2014 and developing this new found skill. 🙂

Nude with no outlines by David Meldrum
Nude with no outlines. Saunders Waterford HP paper – 31 x 23 cm

The Naked Truth

Do I need to use a pencil initially when painting a watercolour nude? I didn’t here and I like the result, I just started painting the nude directly onto paper. I will continue down this path and see what develops. Merry Christmas!

Pencil free nude by David Meldrum
Pencil free nude. Saunders Waterford HP  paper – 31 x 23 cm

Last life drawing for 2013

The final session at Basis, I look forward to next year already. Now I have to endure four weeks without any life drawing at all. Good job Christmas is coming to cheer me up. “Dear Santa, could I please have a beautiful studio with an endless supply of fantastic models for Christmas? Thank you!”.

2 minute nude.  A4 Fabriano paper, 21 x 29,7 cm.

2 minute nude.  A4 Fabriano paper, 21 x 29,7 cm.

2 minute nude.  A4 Fabriano paper, 21 x 29,7 cm.

Longer than 2 minute nude.  A3 Fabriano paper, 29.6 x 40.5cm 

Happy accident

Earlier in the year, on my way to work I did this sketch of a commuter waiting for a train at Södra Station here in Stockholm. I wasn’t impressed with my drawing so I left it in my sketch book that I carry in my rucksack. I rediscovered it today after it had spent months being rubbed and smudged. To my great surprise it looks so much more interesting now.

Sketch by David Meldrum
Waiting for a train. A5 Fabriano paper.

Keeping it simple

Venue: Konstnärshuset, Stockholm.

Yesterday evening all I had with me was an A4 block of paper and some pencils. It suits my current state of mind and to be honest, I think my drawings have improved because of it. “Keep it simple”, they say. I think this only comes about after hours of making ones art way too complicated.

Nude on A4 Fabriano paper, 21 x 29,7 cm.

Nude on A4 Fabriano paper, 21 x 29,7 cm.

Nude on A4 Fabriano paper, 21 x 29,7 cm.

Nude on A4 Fabriano paper, 21 x 29,7 cm.

Nude on A4 Fabriano paper, 21 x 29,7 cm.

Nude on A4 Fabriano paper, 21 x 29,7 cm.

Nude on A4 Fabriano paper, 21 x 29,7 cm.

Two minute nudes

Here are a few two minute nudes from life drawing at Basis today. I learned one thing, never sign your signature with a felt-tip marker before spraying fixative on the drawing.

Two minute nude by David Meldrum
Two minute nude. Fabriano A4 paper, 21×29.7 cm

Two minute nude by David Meldrum
Two minute nude. Fabriano A4 paper, 21×29.7 cm

Two minute nude by David Meldrum
Two minute nude. Fabriano A4 paper, 21×29.7 cm

Two minute nude by David Meldrum
Two minute nude. Fabriano A4 paper, 21×29.7 cm

Life Drawing

Life Drawing at Konstnärshuset (The House of Artists), Stockholm. 20131203
I did not produce a high yield of drawings from this session. I struggled, but don’t we all from time to time.

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude, Charcoal. 29.6 x 40.5cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
Ten minute nude, Charcoal. 29.6 x 40.5cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
Five minute nude, Charcoal. 29.6 x 40.5cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Saturday’s Life Drawing

I was very pleased with my life drawing sketches from Basis at the weekend. I used a chunky charcoal stick and a synthetic coal, Koh-I-Noor pencil. It’s so dramatic with the strong contrast of black and white, very pleasing. A lot of the drawings were completed in two minutes, I have a lot of fun working within that short time frame!

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
10 minute nude 30 x 42 cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
10 minute nude 30 x 42 cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude 30 x 42 cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude 30 x 42 cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude 30 x 42 cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude 30 x 42 cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude 30 x 42 cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude 30 x 42 cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude 30 x 42 cm / 11,5 x 16,5″

Charcoal nude by David Meldrum
2 minute nude 30 x 42 cm / 11,5 x 16,5″