Step-by-Step

Larger than Life update

All done and off to the printers tomorrow! More photos to show the scale and detail.  I'm really enjoying this technique using a combination of resist, underpainting with conte pastels and baby oil, then layering coloured pencil into baby oil, lifting the excess and finally applying the detail. Baby oil is liquid paraffin wax not an oil and unless over applied will not stain the paper permanently but the colour...

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Larger than Life

I've been keeping a low profile on my blog lately whilst working on this large clematis drawing. This is the first of a series of much larger than life drawings which I have been burning to do for a long time. Three times life size, the drawing measures nearly a meter wide and I've still a bit to do before it goes to be scanned. I'll keep you posted on...

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Deconstructed Pine Cone drawing nearing completion

Started in Spain at the lovely Finca el Cerillo this drawing was inspired by the pieces of chewed up pine cone strewn around by their lovely dog Sybil.    Executed using a variety of graphite pencils, 2H to 9B plus clutch and propelling pencils. Still more to do so back to the drawing board....

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Great Graphite Workshop

Three days of intense graphite drawing.  Exercises for hand-eye co-ordination, observation, continuous tonal shading and underpainting for graphite. Exhaustive and exhausting but hopefully, very rewarding.This is a step-by-step demo of an almond using the underpainting techniques that I did this afternoon slightly hampered by a streaming cold.Stage 1 Outline in graphite and then a thin layer of colour using  a touch of Faber Castell Sanguine, Burnt Ochre,...

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Ann and Ollie in the greenhouse
Me and Ollie in the greenhouse

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