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

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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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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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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?

As it is Halloween today I said I would do a little festive sketch.

It started off as a very quick little drawing. Just a 2B pencil so nothing very exciting. I wanted to practice some people drawing and then last minute decided to accessorise and make it suit the date that’s in it. Here is the breakdown of how the drawing came to life:

For some reason I always seem to want to dress up as a cat for any fancy dress occasion. Although this year I actually dressed up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz… I even bought a little Toto. Although the dog was so tiny it looked like a guinea pig! Tonight I am off to a pumpkin carving party with work, so will attempt to carve a cat or scary face (I don’t have high hopes for my skills!).

What did you do for Halloween?

 

This is my second SOTW. Another manga inspired drawing.

I originally wanted the girl in the image to be clapping, but alas I have not yet mastered the art of hands! That will require a weekend of practice sessions.

Here are the three main stages of the drawing:

I decided to frame this instead of having all my sketches hidden away in books! I bought a clear glass frame (I love these!) and also some coloured card to jazz it up a bit. I drew the head slightly too big so the card in the frame hides this flaw!

Would love to buy a few more similar frames to display more of my sketches in my bedroom, just to add a bit more character to the room. Hoping that eventually I will have more complete works to mount and frame, as opposed to just pencil sketches – but alas you have to start somewhere I guess!

How do you display your sketches? Do you frame them or have any other tips on how to showcase them instead of having them stored in sketchbooks?

Every Friday I will post my ‘Sketch of the week’.

Be it a quick practice sketch or something more detailed. I figure it will a) ensure that I draw at least once a week and b) help me see how I progress from week to week.

So here is my first SOTW in three stages:

 

So there you have it! My first SOTW. I got my inspiration for this from one of my How to: Manga books.