A forgotten watercolour

I found this watercolour sketch today, under a pile of old invoices and receipts. I painted it on A4 office paper, hence the wrinkles …

The completed “Lunch Sketch #7”

I finished this lunchtime sketch of Arnold Schwarzenegger eventually. It took me 5 lunches to complete, that’s about 30 minutes each time so I guess it took two and a half hours to finish.
I got bored with this early into the execution but I stuck with for practice reasons. Personally I want to be more expressionistic with my art and not so detailed. Still, I learned a lot, becoming good with watercolour is all about practice, practice and practice.

Tuesday’s life Drawing session

It is hard speed-sketching with watercolours – but it’s fun!

10 minute watercolour sketch by David Meldrum

5 minute artifical charcoal sketch by David Meldrum

Starting to sketch with watercolours.

I have started to use watercolour while life drawing. I am just learning to handle the medium so having to work at speed really helps, one doesn’t have time to worry, one just has to go for it! 
This model was getting chemotherapy and so her hair had fallen out and she looked very tired, especially her eyes, it was very haunting, still, I admired this 60 year old woman for not letting cancer stop her. These sketches are from 2012.03.17, Saint Patrick’s Day. 

15 minute watercolour sketch

5 minute sketch
2 minute sketch

Life Drawing Sketches 2012.03.13

 I got my old flatbed-scanner working again thanks to a program called VueScan. So much better than using my camera!

5 minute sketch by David Meldrum

2 minute sketch by David Meldrum
5 minute sketch by David Meldrum

2 minute sketch by David Meldrum
10 minute sketch by David Meldrum
5 minute sketch by David Meldrum

2 minute sketch by David Meldrum

Lunch Sketch #7

I am struggling with this, my colours are becoming muddy. Still, it’s a learning process, I am discovering and experimenting but most importantly, it makes me happy.

Lunch Sketch #7 ( second lunch break )

I am finding it hard to find time to illustrate and paint during my lunch periods right now. I do have time, I just need the office to be calm when I illustrate and it has not been of late. Such is life….

Arnold

Lunch Sketch #7

I thought it would be a good painting exercise to capture Arnold Schwarzenegger’s muscles with water colour. This will probably take a whole week of lunchtime sketching, this is day Nr. 1.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Lunch Sketch #6

I am getting more ambitious with my lunchtime sketching, this time I used real watercolour paper, taped onto board. The painting took three lunch breaks to complete also and not the usual one. I am trying to be more patient when I paint, I think three hours is a long time while professional portrait artists can spend one hundred hours easily on just one painting, I have room to improve my level of patience.

Neil Young