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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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I went to the Stylist Live event in Islington yesterday and bought this beautiful greyhound print by Ros Shiers.

Her stand had an amazing collection of dog prints (amongst other things!) and I probably stood there for about 15 minutes trying to decide which one to get. 

I chose this print because I have a real soft spot for greyhounds and whippets. Ever since I saw a beautiful greyhound cross called Mollie at Battersea I have wanted to adopt one of these delicate creatures. They just have the saddest eyes and I want to wrap them up in blankets to stop them shivering!

As I can’t have a dog right now, I have decided to fill my room with as many dog related pieces as possible.

This new print is placed right above my bed 💛

 

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The creator of Spot the Dog, Eric Hill (pictured right), died this week aged 86. Growing up I remember loving his books and Spot’s adventures. I would relish the chance to see what this little puppy got up to. I was a huge fan of pop-up books, books with texture… pretty much anything that had something I could engage with aside from text/pictures! Even now, I sometimes wish their were more (any?) pop-up books for grown-ups…

“Eric’s ingenious lift-the-flap device turned the reading of a Spot book into a glorious game of hide and seek, enjoyed by children and adults alike,” said his publisher Puffin Books.

While working in London as a freelance graphic designer, one of Eric’s jobs involved an advertising ‘flyer’ design, which had a flap covering part of a funny picture. He showed the design to his two year old son Christopher who loved seeing the flap lift up to disclose the funny picture underneath. He fulfilled his nightly task of bedtime reading by making up stories to amuse him which spurred him on to do a book, this of course turned out to be ‘Where’s Spot?’. Spot was an instant hit and the series of books has now been translated into more than 60 languages and made into films and a TV show.

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Eric’s publisher, Puffin, described him as “a master of simple design. He created one of the world’s most loveable children’s book characters – Spot, the charming, naughty, playful puppy, loved and appreciated across the world”.

You can read an interview with Eric HERE.

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I came across this pic of amazing Meg and Mog nail art recently and it brought back memories of reading the books as a child!

The books written by Helen Nicoll and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski. They were first published back in the 1970s and are about Meg, a witch whose spells always seem to go wrong, her striped cat Mog, and their friend Owl.

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I loved Mog!

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

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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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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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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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