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!

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:

Lockdown self-portraits 01

Pencil on paper – 30 x 42

A quick drawing early this morning. Still some way off with regard to a likeness. Yasmin thinks I’ve a thicker set jaw and neck. And the face is too long.

It felt great to be drawing again, emptying the mind to look carefully at what you see to draw and not what you might imagine.