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.

Life drawing update

Since last autumn I have been busy with increased working hours at NUA where I teach Architecture. The work and students are inspiring but have sucked away a lot of my creative energy from continuing to make art. However, I did attend another excellent course at the Royal Drawing School and found another evening life drawing class at Shine in Wood Green, London.

All life drawing classes have now closed. Teaching at NUA is now only online. It should mean there is more time to get back to making art, hence the post below on the postcards, which surprisingly have been keeping me occupied.

I will start to regularly post here. Please see our contribution to the neighbourly rainbows of South Tottenham, London!