Municipal Sculpture

I reckon that Burton-on-Trent must have some of the dodgiest sculputre in the country. It’s not the older pieces, the war memorial has quite a nice angel on for instances, it’s the new pieces that have appered over the last decade that seriously make me ince and wonder what on Earth the council is thinking off. Take this little beauty for instance…

…a giant marmite jar. It’s about 4ft high. It just suddenly appered in January of this year with no warning at all. It has invitingly flat surface just crying out for humerous graffiti, I think a best before date would be good ๐Ÿ™‚

But even stranger is this…

…a giant shovel in the middle of town. It’s about 15ft tall so it really dominates its surrondings. The really sad thing about though is it’s meant to be a hops shovel but the artist who designed made it the wrong shape.

Looking at this I can clearly see that there is a silver lining to the cloud of the ressecion in that the council now don’t have the funds to spend on things like random sculpture. Burton can now breath a sigh of relief.

Life Drawing – Week 3

This week we concentrated on drawing with ink, various applications including pens and brushes. We even got a tutorial on how to make our own bamboo pens, the one that I managed to produce works a treat ๐Ÿ™‚

These were some quick ones just to start off, like a warm-up. It really works too, I always find that the first few drawings that I produce are always a bit rubbish.

 

This one I used the Bamboo pen that I made and then put the shadows in with a brush. I think the pen has given tha line a really interesting texture, it was really nice t use as well, smooth and not at all scratchy.

 

and this is the pen in question…

This drawing was with quickly done with just a brush…

 

and these are a series of quick 1min drawings we did just to finish off…

Life Drawing – Week 2

I took loads of coloured paper with me this time as well as a box of grey chalks.

Lots of fast poses this time some of them only 5 minutes. These ones, we weren’t allowed to look at the paper while we did the initial figure…

This one was a longer pose so I was able to spend more time on the details…

 

And this pose was just so arkward with the foreshortening, I managed not to swear though…

Trying to Draw With The Mouse

I’ve been trying to grip the digital art bull by the horns and really go for it with some very mixed results mainly because I lack the control I need with the mouse to achieve the fine details that I’m after.

I started off with a quick drawing of a volcanic landscape which I scanned in and then used as the basis for this. I started with roughly laying down the colours I wanted on separate layers for the background, foregound and middle-ground.

 

And this is where I got to…

 

It’s got lots of things wrong with it. I’m resonably happy with the composition, it’s just the execution that’s painful. I may very well start again especially now I’ve got a Wacom Bamboo ๐Ÿ™‚

The Dentist’s Can Be Fun

I’ve recently had a dental check-up which included x-rays being taken ( to check my roots are healthy) I love x-rays especially when they’re my own ๐Ÿ™‚ and I even managed to give the hygenist a laugh as well. I think she’s used to peole whipping out their phones and taking pictures of their own x-rays.

Life-drawing Classes!

Finally the uni has managed to get somebody in to do life-drawing with us ๐Ÿ™‚ Today was absolutely brilliant, in the space of about 5 hours I managed to do 11 drawings. The female model is nicely proportioned as well which makes a very nice change from my experiences on my Art-foundation course. We had a male model with abnormaly wide (for a man) hips and a prince alfred which he quite capable of removing in front of the class while the female model had an unusually small head. However you drew them they never looked right. Well this time it’s much better and here’s the proof…

I used mainly compressed charcoal. It’s really fast and makes nice dense, black marks…

I also used some graphite sticks that I’ve got lying around, It’s possible to get much more detail with these but I prefer the quickness of the charcoal…

To finish offย  the session we got to do really fast five minute sketches of the same pose from different angles. I used marker pen for this…

Sort of worked nicely ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to work on my foreshortening and hands and feet though.