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I have just discovered the works of Gemma Correll… and I think she is amazing!

Unbeknownst to me I actually had some of her sketches saved on my phone  (including the above cat one!) but only discovered today that she was the artist in question.

While in Topshop over the weekend I was completely in awe when I saw the cutest little illustrated booked called ‘A Pug’s Guide to Etiquette’ by Gemma… the illustrations are wonderful and I already want to copy some for practice.

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Check out Gemma’s website: www.gemmacorrell.com/

PS. Apols for lack of posting lately, I have just moved house and finally have internet again – whoop!

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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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I started an art class in the Chelsea College of Art & Design this month. I have wanted to start taking classes for ages but just didn’t know what to take up or where to even do a course. I looked at some courses at Central Saint Martins and Chelsea before deciding that, as much as I wanted to jump straight into animation or illustration, I really need to brush up on my skills.

I worried that if I picked a class like animation straight away that I would feel so behind everyone else and would lose confidence immediately. I decided to do Introduction to Drawing in Chelsea as the class seemed open to complete beginners and the times suited me too.

The class itself is 10am – 4pm so it forces me to draw for a much longer period of time than if I was sat at home sketching. It is also great to have a teacher in the class to help you and advise you on how to compose your drawings.

In my first lesson we focused on drawing still objects; first to get to grips with outlines and perspective and then moving on to shading.

These are my two sketches from my first class:

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They’re certainly not perfect by any means but I wanted to share them to show you what this class is like. For me it is great to learn more about shading and drawing objects like these as I tend to focus more on cartoon/people and animal sketches so I’m hoping this will improve my overall drawing ability.

After this course ends I really want to explore more classes and try some in Central Saint Martins! They don’t come cheap so I will have to save for a few months and continue to practice in my own time before embarking on anything else… but I really want to get cracking on more animation/illustration based classes.

Have you taken any art classes yourself? Would you recommend them? I’d love to know what experiences any of you have had!

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On my reading list at the moment are the above visual treats. Yes, I am a massive fan of Boo. Someday I will own my own Pom!

Habibi  is a graphic novel by Craig Thompson. Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. I really love how this novel looks and can’t wait to properly get into it. I am a massive fan of graphic novels! If only there was more time in the day so I could read and draw more. There is a great section to see the process of how Habibi came to life HERE.

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All images belong to http://www.habibibook.com

The third book I am reading is Beyond the Page which is the personal account of the work Quentin Blake, released to coincide with Quentin’s 80th birthday. Quentin is one of my favourite illustrators so this book will have a special place on my bookshelf! This book shows unpublished material on his recent projects and commissions, the fascinating story of his working processes, collaborators and travels, brought to life by over 300 full-colour reproductions of Quentin’s instantly recognisable illustrations.

Has anyone else read Habibi? Or do you have any graphic novels to recommend?

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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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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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I am a bit of a dinosaur geek.

Well, by ‘a bit’ I mean massive. Yes. I have several dino tees, mugs, jumpers… I really want to start drawing some fun cartoony dino sketches soon. In the meantime I think I need to buy this eraser that I say in Liberty London yesterday!

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As some of you may have noticed my ‘Sketch of the Week’ has been missing for the last two weeks. Normal sketching will resume shortly! Having a bit of a crazy time in the run up to Christmas. Hoping I will have lots of downtime to doodle when I am back in Ireland for two weeks.

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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?