Bonds

Bonds - 2017.10.18 Abbie 0998blog

Bonds. A recent commission, graphite pencil on watercolour paper.

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Bluebell Walk III

I finally managed to get back to this, it has been sitting on the easel for absolutely ages. There is a fair bit to do but with a bit of luck I will have it done by the time the bluebells come out this spring ūüėČ

Not the best photograph, I will do a decent one once it is finished.

Bluebell Walk III - Pastels on 50 x 65 cm Pastel Paper

Bluebell Walk III – Pastels on 50 x 65 cm Pastel Paper

Spaniel

A recent commission. Pencil drawing on A3 paper.

Spaniel. A3 pencil drawing.

Spaniel. A3 pencil drawing.

Sunshine

It has been some time since I published a drawing, partly because I have been too busy with other things, and partly because of clients not wishing commissions uploaded to the internet. The latter I am not altogether happy about, but I have to respect their wishes, especially where children are concerned. Luckily it doesn’t happen often.

This one, which was taken from a photo showing a little girl on the seafront, was an enjoyable enterprise, as I was given pretty much a free hand as to which of the supplied photographs I used, and how I cropped it. The only stipulation was that it had to be a large work.

It turned out 50 x 58 cm in the end, that includes margins, and was executed with the usual selection of graphite pencils, paper stumps and a putty eraser. I have tried a new paper for it because the one I used previously does not come in the size I needed for this portrait. It is available from Jackson’s Art Supplies here, for those who are interested, and is another smooth watercolour paper.

2016.08.15 Leyla 1058Blog

Sunshine – Graphite Pencil on Watercolour Paper

5 Babies

Hi all, today I have a¬†portrait again, after a long while. This drawing of five children presented me with some challenges, starting with not having the paper that I would have liked to use. I have come to love working with the Aquafine smooth watercolour paper by Daler Rowney, but sadly, their largest size, A3, wouldn’t do for this commission. I have a pad of A2 acrylic paper, though, also by Daler Rowney, the front of which has an embossed linen like texture, but the back looks very smooth, so that is what I used. It wasn’t as easy to work on as I had hoped, in that I was unable to apply much graphite all at once, as it wouldn’t hold it, and had to apply layer after layer and work it in,¬†to achieve the depths I needed.

I was asked to use images which portrayed the children at roughly the same period in their lives, even though their ages differ widely in reality. The photographs mostly were small and / or lacking focus for such a task, although the poor client hunted high and low to find suitable images. Nowadays, in situations like this, I strictly stick to drawing what I see, rather than adding detail which the reference photograph does not yield. This inevitably means that paper stumps and putty rubbers see plenty action in order to defuse small detail and the drawing may look a little less refined than usual. But. That way it will look exactly as the photograph and I am not misinterpreting anything. Overall, the result is not bad, I think, as does the client.

I have spent ages online yesterday trying to get an idea what paper is best to use for photorealism/hyperrealism, but I am still somewhat undecided. It is a bit of a pain that everything is internet sourced these days, I much prefer to go into a shop and see/feel what I am buying. Living where I do, though, that is not going to happen in a hurry, so if any of you have any advice that you could share, please do.

5 Babies Drawing

5 Babies. Graphite pencil on the back of A2 acrylic paper.

Roly

Just to let you know I am still keeping my hand in…
This is Roly.

Roly 2015.10.27 6292reducedagain

Graphite pencil 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B and 6B on A3 watercolour paper

The World Is A Looking Glass

Calligraphy¬†¬† –¬†¬† Uncial Lettering

Calligraphy - Uncial lettering

Calligraphy – Uncial Lettering

Old Packhorse Bridge

Well, I missed yet another week, I seem to be way too busy with other things at the moment, and these distractions are not good for creating things. I have something today, though, a charcoal drawing … or are they called paintings, I don’t even know. I used a reference photo which I had taken on 26 September 2012. The idea was to force myself to work a bit rougher than I do with graphite pencils, and I believe this attempt didn’t turn out too bad, what do you think? I will definitely do a few more of those, it can only get better.

The subject is the old packhorse bridge in Carrbridge, a place we pass on our frequent trips back into civilisation, and it never fails to catch my eye.

The bridge, one of the oldest stone built bridges in the Scottish Highlands, was commissioned in 1717 by Clan Chief Brigadier-General Sir Alexander Grant of Grant and built by mason John Niccelsone from Ballindalloch. This single span hump back rubble bridge was constructed to take foot and horse traffic over the river Dulnain, and specifically to allow funerals to take place at the Church of Duthil, which, before then, were often delayed due to the river carrying too much water to permit a safe crossing. This would explain the other names it was known by locally, the Coffin Bridge or the Funeral Bridge.

At the time it cost £100 to build, which I imagine was a fair bit of money in those days, and was paid for from stipends of the local Parish of Duthil. Construction of the seven foot wide (between parapets) bridge took about six months. Major floods in the 18th and then again in the early 19th century washed away the side walls, parapets and the surface, leaving the structure as it stands today. It can be viewed from a viewing platform or the nearby B9153.

Apparently it used to provide a great venue for local youngsters to cool down on warmer days, as they jumped from the bridge into the river below. I am not sure if this is still going on today as, sadly, the B-listed structure is now considered unstable.

Packhorse Bridge, Carrbridge, Charcoal

The Old Packhorse Bridge, Carrbridge – Charcoal on A3 cartridge paper.

For those who are interested, these sites provide further reading:

http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/15453/details/carrbridge+old+bridge/

http://her.highland.gov.uk/SingleResult.aspx?uid=%27MHG4627%27

http://www.britainexpress.com/attractions.htm?attraction=3267

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrbridge

http://www.carrbridge.com/index.php/History/bridges.html

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