beach sketching

Some fascinations from the Bulgarian seaside during my last visit back home. I thought I might practice life drawing with things I found on the beach. I wanted to relate these sketches to my sea-inspired drawings from earlier in the summer – shells, feathers, seashells, etc. After drawing each one, I’d stick the object in question next to the drawing and write a little journal entry on the other side.

I’ve always been in love with the feeling of standing right at the edge of the beach, where the waves wash over your feet and then recede back with a woosh and a curvy trail of watery sand. That inspired the time-passing-type drawing underneath.

summer 001
‘wave after wave’
summer 002
summer 003
summer 004

life sketching

Carys and Ryan in teh new house
tv corner, Harry Potter’s on


rolling box
studious Derry
Derry’s winter coat (in summer)
walking up Mackintosh place, sketching while walking
the Spar corner at the roundabout, sketching while walking

And some awful sketches of Cali. I was horrified at how hard it seemed all of a sudden… to sketch a cat. I’m learning though.

life drawing 9/2/15

five 5-minute poses, charcoal on paper (A2)

five 5-minute poses, orange chalk on paper (A2)

three 20-minute poses, crimson and violet chalk on paper (A1)

Once again, I was so happy I went to life drawing. I am very happy with these and my slowly growing collection of sketches.

I started off with the charcoal as I feelĀ it works best with large quick sketches but then I found some leftover orange chalk on one of the empty easels. I was a bit uneasy at first as I wouldnt usually use this colour, but then it felt like that specific orange fit perfectly. It got too strenuous for my eyes though so at the start of the first 20-minute pose (at the front) I went to the box of scraps and found a beautiful whole crimson chalk and right next to it was this pale cold violet, same as the drapes, same as the time when I was sketching that skeleton… so I just took them instinctively and that was that.

For some reason I feel like the female body is much easier to draw than the male. I will be focusing on it more closely from now on, to get that line flowing.

Life Drawing, Death Drawing

reclining dead, sketch, charcoal on paper (A1)
reclining dead, darkness, acrylic on paper (A1)

One day in December Derry (Beck) and I went to the studio for a life drawing session but found it empty. Apparently the model was ill and couldn’t make it so the class was canceled. We were surprised and a bit disappointed but Derry instantly had a solution. He took a model of a skeleton from its hanger and put it in a life drawing model pose on the little stage with the drapes and all.

I am very pleased with the two pieces, as simple as they are.

life drawing 2/2/15

four 3-minute poses, charcoal on paper, A2


two 10-minute poses, charcoal on paper, A2


“reclining nude” ; 1 hour pose , charcoal on paper, A2


detail piece during hour-long pose, charcoal on paper, A2


Wow, I haven’t done this in ages… It felt so good to let loose and just concentrate on this one thing alone…
With stress levels rising again it has become really hard to really focus on something for a prolonged amount of time, so this session came as a gift – I was doing something without having to worry about the time (well, I did but in a different way) or what you have to do next. I was relaxed and completely at ease. It was like my own personal natural form of meditation.
Someone mentioned last week or so that the life drawing sessions were getting cancelled and that this session would be the deciding one. Whether or not that was the issue, there were quite a few people in the life drawing room which inspired me even more – I haven’t been in a room full of so many people doing art at the same time since… probably the beginning of this year.
Well, I just hope that we keep on having life drawing sessions.