Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Art playing cards

A couple of months ago I contributed to a Kickstarter campaign - artist Carne Griffiths was aiming to produce a set of playing cards, with each card showing a different piece of his art.  I admire his work and was pleased to receive my pack of cards earlier this month - a lovely miniature gallery of over 50 works of art!


His website is worth a visit



Monday, 11 June 2018

Sketches on tan paper

Having finished my Grey Book, I wanted to try out another toned paper.  I chose an A5 Paperchase tan sketchbook and I am still experimenting with the best materials to use in it.  Ordinary graphite pencil doesn't show up at all well - a much bolder approach is needed.  The paper wouldn't be suitable for very wet applications of paint, it does wrinkle slightly with light washes but that is something I can live with.


Inktense pencils, Neocolour II white and white gel pen


Brown watercolour pencil, white Luminance pencil

Pen, gouache and Neopastels

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

June sketch meeting


Our Urban Sketchers Swindon met at Lydiard Park on Saturday.  It was an overcast start to the day, but the sun soon came out and, after drinks at The Stables cafe, we were all seeking shady spots in which to sketch.

The Park is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) but it is not documented exactly how long there has been a house on the estate, but it is known that it was home to the St. John family for a period of 500 years, before it came into the possession of the local council in the 1943.  The estate, which is open to the public, now comprises the Palladian house, a walled garden, an ice house, two lakes,  the12th century church and areas of woodland and open farm land.

I chose to sit in the shade of the lime trees on the main drive to do my drawing of the church.


Pen, Anilinky watercolours and Neopastels

A few of the group sketches

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Recent sketches



The top small scribbles were attempted while watching
a television programme - the lower face from a static image

Pentel Brush Pen, Inktense pencils, white gel pen -
This started off as a pencil drawing, but was lost on the tan paper.
I need to experiment with a different set of tools in this sketchbook.

Pitt Artist pen - plein air sketch


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook

One of our Urban Sketchers group (Stephen McGrath) produced a short video of the sketchbook we completed for this project.

Click here Urban Sketchers Swindon
for a link to the video.


Sunday, 20 May 2018

A simple pop-up book

Having seen an  image of a simple pop-up booklet by Paul Johnson,  made from one sheet of A4 paper, I decided to try my hand at making something similar.

I carefully did a trial run to ensure I knew which bits to fold and which to cut and in which order. Needless to say, the first cut I made on the original artwork was wrong!! - it should have been a fold. Luckily, I was able to tape it up without it looking too obvious.



The cover and closure band were made from a scrap of hand-printed and painted paper - finished size approx 3" x 5"




Inside -
Fine-liner ink drawings with Inktense and watercolour pencils