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Sketching

In order to improve my drawing skills I have been going to watercolour classes(!) and while everyone else has battled with colour I have focused on light and shade with pencil, charcoal, pen and ink.  Some of my efforts have reached my Following a Thread sketch book whilst others, although I have kept them, really should be binned.

The skill on which I have tried to focus, is to look at how the light falls on the object.  It seems fairly obvious really but I haven’t always found it easy to void areas and then work around them.  When I first began the City and Guilds course (quite a while ago) we did lots of mark making exercises using different media and I found it a lot easier when the marks didn’t have to resemble anything.  Now I am expected to recreate nature’s bounty in two dimensions.

As you can see from the pictures below, a rose and a shoe made it to the sketchbook as did a hollyhock and a dried poppy seed head.

                                                    

                                                                   
 
                                         This close-up of an acorn has yet to find a home.

                             

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