Lockdown self-portraits – 06

Coloured pencil on paper – 30 x 42cm

The trouble with attempts at self-portraits is that I am always concentrating hard on making the images rather than on my modelling. This tension I’m beginning to now unflatteringly capture in my images. If only I could learn to relax and smile as I pose!

Twins – RDS

Charcoal on paper – 60 x 94cm

One of our tutors at the Royal Drawing School, Constanza, brought two twin models to our class who were also her sisters. Below is some of the work from a productive day trying to capture sibling intimacy.

Charcoal on paper – 94 x 60cm
Pencil on paper – 94 x 60cm
Charcoal on paper – 94 x 60cm
Pencil on paper – 94 x 60cm
Charcoal on paper – 94 x 60cm
Pencil on paper – 94 x 60cm

Self portraits – RDS

Pencil on paper – 60 x 94cm

From the Royal Drawing School course last autumn I failed to upload much of my work. It was called ‘Transforming Observation: Dreaming, Memory and Imagination’ and was as always excellent. Above and below are some of the ‘self drawings’ that got caught in our investigations.

Charcoal, graphite and coloured pencil on paper – 64 x 135cm
Ink and wash on paper – 60 x 94cm
Pencil on paper – 60 x 94cm
Charcoal on paper – 60 x 94cm
Ink wash on paper – 94 x 2400cm
Ink wash on paper 60 x 94cm

Lockdown nude – 01

Ink wash, graphite and coloured pencil on paper – 56 x 80cm

A further experiment at woking with ink washes and coloured pencil. Obviously there is no model and this is based on a previous life drawing sketch from Tottenham Art Classes transposed surreally to our living room.

This way of working still has some way to go as I realise the inadequacies of the earlier sketches and working on our dining table as opposed to an upright easel. This makes problems with the lack of foreshortening of the figure – the legs and the sofa are too big and extended.

The drawing weirdly reminds me of naff populist poster art from the 1980’s which is not where I was trying to go with this image!