Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Daily Drawing # 12 Prague Castle & Cathedral

Another daily drawing from Prague. This time a magnificient view of Prague Castle & Cathedral  from across the river. Something to while away the time while sitting at a table at the Cafe Manes with a refreshing Pilsner.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Daily Drawing # 11 The View from Where I'm Sitting

So another drawing here from Prague last week while taking a well earned rest in a bar with a beer after an overload of sight seeing.  There is nothing quite like people watching when relaxing over a drink and soaking in the hustle and bustle of city life in a foreign country. I like sketching people and observing the way they stand or sit. I am not that brilliant at drawing faces so chose to sketch this couple who had their back to me.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Daily Drawing # 10 Pencil Rubbing

Something a little different for this drawing.  This was a pencil rubbing done in St Vitus Cathedral in Prague.  Haven't a clue what it says but the lettering looked interesting and using the side of the pencil hardly took me any time at all.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Daily Drawing # 9 Beermoth

So the reason for a lack of daily drawings of late is because I have been in Prague but I didn't abandon my drawing.  In fact far from it. I had plenty of time to fit in some sketching, usually done sat in a bar and sipping a delicious glass of what the Czech Republic has become famous for which is their excellent beer or pilsner lager to be precise and when I say lager I mean the real unpasteurised stuff meaning it's unfiltered and served direct from oak barrels with no CO2 added to make it gassy and tasteless like the stuff that most pubs over here pass off as lager.  Yes, I am in fact a 'beermoth' in that I love beer, and as a fully paid up member of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) enjoy and champion real unadulterated beer so for me visiting Prague was a real treat.  Beer in Prague was originally brewed in various monasteries throughout the city hence why so many of the bars are vast beer halls with long tables and benches rather like the beer halls in Munich in Bavaria, Germany, another brewing capital of the world. 

I took my sketchbook and pencils with me of course and my plan was to sketch the various sights and landmarks throughout Prague but on the first day this glass of Pilsner Urquell (unfiltered of course) seemed a splendid enough sight for me to draw.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Daily Drawing # 8 A Damn Fine Latte

OK I know my daily drawings aren't always daily but I aim to practice when time allows and am aiming to make time when time allows if that makes sense.  Anyway after work yesterday evening had plenty of time to kill before meeting up with friends for an evening out so an ideal opportunity then to do my daily drawing.  Therefore whiled away a lovely tranquil hour reading and sketching in my favourite Caffe Nero in Brindleyplace, Birmingham.  In the words of artist Paul Klee who famously said "Drawing is taking a line for a walk" I did literally that and drew without taking my  pen off the paper which is more difficult than it sounds.  I just drew things that I saw from where I was sitting  with no particular regard for perspective or proportion.  Some might say its a bad drawing but I had a lot of fun doing it and makes for a more quirky style of drawing which I prefer to an accurate representation of the subject matter...and also Caffe Nero serve a damn fine Latte. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Daily Drawing # 7 The End of a Busy Day

Sunday was a really hectic and quite emotional day taking Darling Daughter up to the University of York and installing her in her halls of residence lock, stock and barrel. How all her things fitted into the car I shall never know.  Talk about trying to fit a quart into a pint pot!  Surprisingly too it all fitted into her room.  A quiet few moments then at the end of the day just before bedtime when I picked up my sketchbook to reflect on the day and unwind with my daily drawing and a cheeky glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The end of a busy day!

I used a favourite method - pen and wash.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Daily Drawing # 6 Eyes Wide Shut

On Saturday taking part in the Solihull Art Trail I took along my sketchbook thinking I would have plenty of opportunity to do some sketching in Kathryn's beautiful garden for my Daily Drawing. Fat chance!  We were so busy with visitors I did not have chance to get my sketchbook out at all. However, I was determined I was going to draw something before I left so with 5 minutes to spare before I had to leave I spied a lovely vintage water spray for plants.  Quite a challenge then to draw it in a hurry and to make it more interesting I decided to draw it with out looking at the paper.  This is another popular drawing exercise I practised on my Foundation Course helping to develop hand-eye communication. It forces you to only look at the subject matter and to use a continuous line without lifting the pencil off the paper.  

It's so very tempting to peek while drawing with this method and I didn't but I do admit to just adding a line on the right hand side, when I looked at the paper, to make the bowl part of the spray look more in perspective as I was way off course.  I then added some tonal value which I did looking at the paper.

And here is a photo of the real thing.