Sunday, 1 September 2013

It's all in Black and White

Hi Everyone,

What a week it has been. There was family to catch up with, and lots to do around the house. While sorting out our studio, I found a little treasure that I would like to share with you.

It is a small sketchbook that I created ten years ago at the start of my teaching career. Back then, I took the train to work and I would spend that time drawing and sketching. It is interesting to look back and see the symbols I created and to now think of how they may have influenced my more modern sketches.

Looking at these I can see a fossil influence, especially in this section of the first sketch. 

The first image shows an Ammonite and the second has an Ortheceras influence 

All of these were done with Biro to give a good gradient with tones. It is amazing how the tones and colours can vary when using just a black Biro. It all depends on the manufacturer. I have a collection of about ten Biros from different companies and each one is different.

The above sketches then developed into these drawings.

Looking at some of my more modern sketches, I have noticed that the same symbols are starting to creep in. I have even observed that they have started to show up in my paintings too.

I am also busily painting and will share these with you soon. I am at the stage of adding layers of colour and applying the details.

I have loved having an Arty Summer and hope that it will continue now that the 'Man Cave' is completed.

Enjoy these last few days of summer.



Maria Ontiveros said...

What a find! I'm about to embark on a month long face drawing/painting project. Looking forward to it, but also itching to do some more basic sketching.

Missus Wookie said...

I like your patterns - especially the ammonites, they are such an amazing set of creatures.

alexa said...

I really like those black and white patterns and shapes - and how interesting for you to be ale to look back and trace yor path. Sorry to be late catching up - lots of family things here too.

Miriam said...

What a find and how interesting that the shapes you drew then are appearing in your art today.