Yasmin – lockdown 05

Ink wash, coloured and graphite pencil on paper – 56 x 84cm

This is my first attempt at a finished portrait. Others have just been quick sketches from life drawing classes or with family.

I have no painting materials here with the lockdown. The oils, acrylics and brushes are all in Suffolk, so I’m reduced to what I have – ink with coloured pencils and a large roll of Wickes wallpapering paper.

Somehow these restrictions take the preciousness out of making art. The ‘make do’ nature of materials and production are liberating as it is okay not to be perfect.

Working for a long time on one drawing is revelatory. As you make progress you keep discovering things that are wrong with it and not properly resolved. In the time between waking and sleeping the whole perception of the image can change. It is like the well worn phrase about learning – the more you learn the more you realise how little you know – and it’s the same with drawing.

Below is a gallery snap-shot of the images prepared earlier and more recently to help make the finished drawing.

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