Thursday, 31 July 2014

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Day 42

Sat in my aunt's back garden in London and drew a very detailed bit of the edge of a brick path with all the little plants growing between the gaps.  I did it in an H pencil, started shading but then decided to go over it in pen.  

I think it worked putting my toes in the picture.  It gives it a sense of scale and touch.

As I was drawing a wood pigeon was wandering around pecking bits of grass and dandelion leaves so I got a sketch of it too.

The last sketch is a quick on from this evening of a candle and mug on the table outside.

I've really got to start actually finishing my drawings.  Once an hour is up it's easy to abandon it and start something new the next day.  I'd like to do a full picture soon, not just sketches.  Maybe something to put on the wall.

Time: 1hr 30ish

Monday, 28 July 2014

Day 41

A drawing from Christ Church Spitalfields in London's church yard

A Jack the Ripper tour came through towards the end.  I learned that the church yard used to be called 'Itchy Park' in the old days because of all the fleas from the homeless people who would sleep there.  Nice.

Time: 1hr 10m

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Nev's Tractor

An old tractor drawn by my uncle Nev.

Day 40

Today I was at my cousin's house for a family get together.  I did some sketches of some family members playing with a remote control helicopter and of my cousin's cottage.

Then I drew Susie the cat sitting in the garden in the dark with a black biro.

Time: 1hr 10

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Day 39

Today's drawings were sketches on the train and then a pencil portrait of my dear father this evening (as I've come home for the weekend)

Time: about an hour 15

Friday, 25 July 2014

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Day 36

For me this series is starting to get more and more interesting.  It's like developing x-Ray vision!

I drew the structure of my skull from a mirror and cross referenced with an anatomy book.  I then layed tracing paper over the top and drew my external face.  I feel this kind of anatomical observation has given my drawing a depth that I was missing before.

The skull:

Skull with the tracing overlay (my favourite)

My external face

My eyes look massive but that's something that will get better with practice.  I would love to get my hands on a proper anatomical model to play with.

Time: 1hr

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Day 35

This evening I've been doing self portraits for the first time. Except I've been trying to draw my skull underneath to understand the structure better.

Here I drew the skulls underneath and then the outer surface in pencil over the top. (I look a bit scary!)

Light and form doodling experiments with Ikem:

I'd like to try drawing myself with more light contrast so the forms show more clearly.

Time: 1hr 20

Monday, 21 July 2014

Day 34

A portrait of my friend Kate with water soluble pencil

Time: 1hr

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Day 33

Some terrible fashion advice drawn from the two worst outfits in the magazine I bought to entertain me on the way to Leeds.

Time 1hr 15ish

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Day 32

Saturday with Amy in Leeds.

I started the flower in the morning before we went out.  When we got back Amy's flatmate apologised for accidentally getting a bit of water on it.  The effect was actually really interesting as it made the ink run a bit... So i added more! Thanks Rosie!! :)

Dinner later!

Time: about 1hr 30

Friday, 18 July 2014

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Day 30!

I'm 1/6 of the way through! 5 months to go!

Today I copied a few more landscape drawings but from the book 'Draw Landscapes' by Norman Battershill (see link in resources list) to get a feel of how to create different textures.

I then drew a landscape from this photo (found on

I mainly used a 3B and 5B pencil, my fingers for smudging and an eraser for adding highlights.

It's worth pushing a drawing further even when you think it's finished, and not being scared to try different things. Eg. I originally wasn't going to smudge the sky but it actually really works.

Time: 1hr 10 approx

Day 29b

Some drawings I did late last night loosely based on photos of my friend Alex. I like the top left one best (which was the first). She has great hair for drawing! The top right ended up pretty distasteous. I was seeing what would happen if I added more lines in the face: not good!

I could be worth adding some colour to these in Adobe Illustrator

Useful advice from 'Draw Landscapes' by Norman Battershill

"Constant practice and effort are essential.  My own learning comes from drawing out of doors in different media as consistently as I possible can" p4

"The less you think about how you are drawing and the more you think about what you are drawing, the better your drawing will be." p5

"Be as bold as you dare. it's your piece of paper and you can do what you like with it.  Experiment with the biggest piece of paper and the boldest, softest piece of chalk or crayon you can find, filling the paper with lines - scribbles, funny faces, lettering, anything - to get a feeling of freedom.  Even if you think you have a gift for tiny delicate line drawings with a fine pen or pencil, this is worth trying.  It will act as a 'loosening up' exercise.  The results may surprise you." p5

"Try drawing in colour... [to add] detail, emphasis or contrast to a black and white drawing" p6

You will learnt the most from drawing by direct observation - p6

Advice for a useful tool for getting angles right on p37:

See link to the book in the 'Resources' side list

1981,A&C Black Publishers Ltd. London

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Day 29

Landscapes drawn from the book'The Landscape Artist's Drawing Bible' by Hazel Harrison.  Very similar to the book I used yesterday actually, it has a lot of the same drawings in it.

I've found it's better to frame the individual sketches so I can practice composition at the same time.

Time: 1hr

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Some Quotes & Exercises



All from 'Drawing the Landscape' by Chip Sullivan (see link in the resources list in the right side bar)

Day 28b

The sofas in the library chat zone where I sat and drank my tea.  It was only a quick one but I need to work on my shading...

Time: nearly 15 mins

Day 28a

A woodland path scene copied from 'Draw and Sketch Landscapes' by Janet Whittle. Original drawing by Janet Whittle.

It's helpful to copy landscape drawings to learn how the textures of the foliage are created and the amount of detail that's necessary to make the impression you want.

Whittle's drawing is based on a photo (see below, from p12 of the book) but she didn't follow the photo exactly.  However it still gives the feel of the woodland path without unnecessary detail... Except perhaps the path in the photo is a little more enclosed than in her drawing.  It would be interesting to try again but draw directly from the photo to give my own impression.

Whittle's drawing, p17 from the book:

Time: 1hr