Painting watercolours at the Maritime Museum again.

Sjöhistoriska 2019.02.06

I am totally enjoying going to the Maritime Museum (Sjöhistoriska) here in Stockholm. I was there two weeks ago but I just had to come back. So yesterday I spent the whole day there together with a fellow sketching friend.
These watercolours are sketched on Saunders Waterford paper. It’s so good to just paint all day, I learn so much by playing around and experimenting. I think it is so important to test new techniques and try things that are a little scary. No one likes to fail but one should accept that one learns through mistakes. I make lots of mistakes!

Silva 1939 - Meldrum Art
Silva 1939 – Meldrum Art
Galeas Baltic ketch 1786 - Meldrum Art
Galeas Baltic ketch 1786 – Meldrum Art
Winter Sea 1980 - Meldrum Art
Winter Sea 1980 – Meldrum Art

Watercolour sketches from the archipelago

All sketches on Saunders Waterford fine grain sketchbook 300g 28 x 19 cm

Tueday’s life drawing

The venue was Konstnärshuset 20160315
I bought a new camera yesterday so I hope to take better photos of my work in future. I’ve had dirt on the sensor of my old camera for ages, very annoying. If you look to the top right of the first two images you will see what I mean.
Happy Easter!

Wednesday’s life drawing

Venue: Mäster Olofsgården, Old town, Stockholm 20151111

I’m a few days late with publishing these sketches. I’ve been unwell but feeling better now. This life drawing session was difficult. The model was very uninspiring, she had no energy in her poses what so ever. I knew I had to get professional about it and try and find something positive. In the end I did find a way to do better sketches of her – I lied, I exaggerated the poses and added curves that didn’t exist. It’s cheating in some ways but I know the great artists do it all the time.

Ten minute pose

Two minute pose

Ten minute pose

My current urbansketching kit

This is what I used today while sketching at the National Museum here in Stockholm.
14 x 9 cm Hans.book,  one clamp,  Koh – i – noor putty rubber,  Creatacolor 9b, 3mm 6b mechanical pencil and 0.9mm 2b mechanical pencil. I also had an Arm -Adillo pen holder.

Life drawing

Tuesday’s figure drawing at Konstnärshuset, Stockholm.

Five minute nude

Two minute nude

Two minute nude

Two minute nude

Two minute nude

Two minute nude

Five minute nude

Five minute nude

Five minute nude

Sketches from my sailing holiday in Greece.

Greece, a beautiful place with lovely people. Shame about the trouble it is in. I hope it gets better for them real soon. I spent a week sailing between Corfu and mainland Greece. I had a wonderful time.

Smudging my lines

I bought two sticks of Derwent XL Charcoal ( Ochre 01 and Sanguine 02 ). They are small and chubby so I don’t know why they call them, XL! But, this is not important – what is important is that I am having lots of fun smudging grated charcoal powder all over my pencil sketches. I used some grated red pastel and black charcoal also in the mix of things. All drawings are on Fabriano A4.

7 minute nude

5 minute nude

5 minute nude

10 minute nude

5 minute nude

5 minute nude

2 minute nude

2 minute nude

First life drawing after the summer break

It felt real good to be back life drawing again. I chose not to watercolour, instead I used pencil, pastel and charcoal. I was able to cover a lot of paper in a very short space of time with these materials. Very satisfying and lots fun, I smudged a lot with my fingers. All drawings are on Fabriano A4 sketch paper.

Life drawing by David Meldrum
10 minute nude. (Please click image to open slide presentation)

Life drawing by David Meldrum
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Life drawing by David Meldrum
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Life drawing by David Meldrum
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Life drawing by David Meldrum
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Life drawing by David Meldrum
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Life drawing by David Meldrum
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Life drawing by David Meldrum
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Life drawing by David Meldrum
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Life drawing by David Meldrum
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Life drawing by David Meldrum
2 minutes

Life drawing by David Meldrum
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Life drawing by David Meldrum
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