Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Daily Drawing # 13 Colouring In with Koh-i-noor pencils

So it has been a while since I posted a daily drawing. Like to think it's because I have been busy doing lots more drawings.  Truth be told I have been busy with the minutiae of everyday life, chores, work etc. However, I took the time last evening to try out my brand new pencils. (On a completely different tangent but still on the subject of pencils I once worked with someone who knew someone called Adrian Pencil - we all thought it an odd name - not Adrian but Pencil, or maybe the two combined. I digress!)  Anyhow while in Prague I came across the Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth shop, home to my favourite brand of pencils. 

There now follows a brief history of pencils. Koh-i-noor is one of the world's largest producers and distributors of pencils, pens, and art supplies. The company was formed in Austria in 1790 by Joseph Hardtmuth and named after the famous Indian Koh-i-noor diamond. In 1802 they patented the first lead pencil made from clay and graphite and then in 1848 Joseph's sons Karl and Ludwig took over the family business, and the production was relocated to the Bohemian town of Budwis which is now part of the Czech Republic. I had no idea about this so imagine my surprise while walking round  Prague to stumble across this veritable pencil and art supply heaven.  I love their palette of watercolours which are highly pigmented giving really bold colours normally not associated with watercolour.  Needless to say when in Prague.... and I treated myself to a stash of graphite pencils and sticks,  watercolours, woodless water soluble pencils, automatic pencils - you name it and they were a fraction of the price I would have paid in the UK.  Enough to keep me going for a few weeks at any rate.

Something new I did discover in the shop was this automatic pencil with multicoloured leads which were really soft and give a lovely effect when colouring.   At the moment, as its Autumn there is an array of wonderful colours in the garden to replicate. I took this photo of a lonely leaf waiting to drop while walking down my road and thought it would be an ideal thing to draw.

I just really used the shape of the leaf, drawing in the veins and then colouring in with my new Koh-i-noor pencil, trying to get as much variagation with the colours as possible.  It was just nice to do a bit of colouring and reminded me of the colouring books I had as a child when I tried my best not to go over the lines. 

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.