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

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!

Lockdown self-portraits 04

This took a useful while to draw and suggests other ways of working from home from old sketch books and life drawings. The architect in me spent too much time worrying about planes of wall and floor shadows and not enough time on the seated figure which is loosely based on me.

Obviously I could not ‘pose’ the picture or draw it from life. Instead it is composed from other sketches which are grouped below: