Archives for category: SOTW


Feeling inspired after Stylist Live yesterday where I stumbled across the work of Ros Shier, I decided to practice sketching dogs today.

Having not drawn properly in ages there was a point where I wondered if I could actually draw life like animals. I tend to mainly draw cartoon creatures and the last time I drew anything at all was at a life drawing class over summer.

The first below picture is the point at which I got over my moment of panic. Before that, the drawing was merely lines and started to take on a ‘cartoon-like’ shape. I stared at the page for a while doubting if I could even finish it.

I began to draw more freely and stoped trying to be so sharp with features (especially eyes). After a few minutes of sketching fur things looked a lot better. 



I decided to put the little drawing in a frame and hopefully it will encourage me to sketch more.


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kittencat

Oh what have we got here? Yet another cat sketch. I guess I like cats…

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dogsad

So… It has been a few weeks (!) since my last blogpost. I am a bad blogger. I actually haven’t been drawing as much as I’d like lately… hence the lack of posting.

I have a new summer resolution to get back into blogging – what used to be a twice weekly thing for me has gotten neglected due to work and general life!

Today was a dull, cloudy day in London (unlike back home in Ireland where a mini heatwave seems to be happening!) so I decided to draw a sad cartoon dog.

Here is a three stage breakdown:

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Inspiration from the sketch came from Cartoon Cool by Christopher Hart.

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Cat

So I have been a little MIA for the last while… but I am back! Here is my SOTW for this week. Just fancied drawing a cute cartoon-y cat!

Meow – have a cat-tastic weekend.

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inkclass3

Last week I finished my Introduction to Drawing art class at the Chelsea College of Art & Design. Despite the snow… and me generally just wanted to sleep on a Saturday morning I made it to every class!

It was definitely good to have a solid few hours drawing per week (10am to 4pm), as it made it easier to improve as opposed to me spending an hour or two a week sketching. Aside from using pencil, I also used charcoal, chalk and ink to create pieces. Surprisingly I really loved the ink drawing/painting. It left no room for mistake as I drew straight onto the page in ink with no pencil as guidance. I also really liked the effects of painting with ink and water.

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For the second half of our last class I did a quick pencil sketch. The only thing I will say is I will be glad not to draw another bottle for a while!!!

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I really want to do a life drawing class next… but it’s just a case of finding the time and money now!

Do you have any art classes you’d recommend?

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I mentioned last week that I am doing a drawing course at The Chelsea College of Art & Design. In spite of the snow I trekked across London (and didn’t fall flat on my face again!).

In last week’s class we used charcoal and chalk. The above image was a practice sketch to understand shadows and how to make objects seem three dimensional. I really look how chalk and charcoal work together!

Here are some  other pieces I drew in my second class:

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The final sketch was an exercise to use the objects from the top drawing and create anything we wanted. I made a little puppet type man! Although I didn’t get to finish it in class…

 

Do you like using charcoal to draw? Or do you prefer pencil?

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dino1

This week’s SOTW is a not-so-festive dinosaur. Maybe I should have given him a Christmas hat!

I am back home in Ireland for two weeks so rummaged around for some old art books and found Draw 50: Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals by Lee J. Ames. I love dinosaurs so this book has some great sketch ideas and shows you step-by-step how to draw each dino.

dinobookAll my art pencils are in London so my little Brontosaurus (aka Apatosaurus) is drawn with just an F pencil. I normally use 4B, 6B and 9B for pencil drawings – although this all depends on how heavy or light I want the drawing to be.

Here is a three stage breakdown of my sketch:

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Hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Did anyone get any good art books? I was lucky enough to get some art classes in Chelsea College of Art & Design as a present!

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sotwretro

For this week’s SOTW I have attempted a retro style cartoon character! I recently bought a great book called Cartoon Cool.

This book shows you how to dray ultra-cartoon-y, retro, and highly stylised drawings. This is the new face of cartooning as seen in TV shows as Sponge-Bob Squarepants, Dexter’s Lab, Kim Possible, and The Fairly Odd Parents. Christopher Hart shows you how to get that almost-1950s look in your drawings. I really like his step-by-step drawings and find them very clear to understand.

Here is a three stage breakdown of my sketch:

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I really enjoy this style of drawing! Do you have any tips for drawing retro style characters?

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This week’s SOTW are some more little animal sketches. I have been so busy the last week that I have barely had any time to draw. I have two massive new drawing books that I haven’t even got a chance to look at yet! Every evening/night when I get home I just fall into bed…

Here is a cat and rabbit I drew:

These practice drawings come from ‘Illustration School: Let’s Draw Cute Animals’ by Sachiko Umoto. I really love the style of illustrations in this book, as the name suggests they are very cute and I love the childlike designs!

Hopefully next week I will have more time to draw (although it is shaping up to be a manic week!). At least Christmas is around the corner so I will have plenty of time home in Ireland where I can draw to my heart’s content!

For my sketch of the week I decided to experiment with some new coloured pens. I tend to only ever sketch with pencil (oh yes I am boring!) so I honestly have no idea how best to use coloured ink/pencils etc.

This was quite a quick little attempt. Here is a three stage breakdown:

I actually preferred this sketch before any colour was added. Oh well. More practice needed!

Do you have any tips for adding colour to your sketches?