|Drawing of jazz guitarist in A4 sketchbook, ink and watercolour|
Monday, December 09, 2013
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Friday, November 01, 2013
|Drawing of pianist Neil Cowley, ink and watercolour, A4 sketchbook|
|Drawing of Bassist Rex Horan, ink and watercolour, A4 sketchbook|
As part of a week of half term activities, the event linked up Symphony Hall's Jazzlines program with the The Campaign for Drawing's Big Draw and The Big Fun, a national family arts festival. 'Mr Big plays Jazz' was a live drawing and jazz event at Birmingham Town Hall bringing to life Ed Vere's children's book about a jazz loving gorilla. The listings invited the kids to bring a pencil and pad to join in; I needed no further encouragement and snapped up a third row seat. It's very hard to get to draw at ticketed gigs. Drawing at a Neil Cowley gig would have been top of my list, and an ambition ticked off.
Now, normally I do my best to be very discreet drawing at performances and keep very much to myself. I don't assume the subjects would be in any way interested, or that they'll like being drawn. Fundamentally I draw for myself; I have my own objectives and the last thing I want is to become more conspicuous than absolutely necessary. It can be a huge challenge to draw amongst an audience, and particularly to draw people who are moving around yet get a good likeness. For a moment I began to get a bit apprehensive; the trio were going to see my drawings, and I was going to be outed.
After showing three of the best drawings by the children, Ed showed my drawing of Neil, and then Rex on bass. I took a few quick photos as he slipped my book under the projector to show everyone. I like the photo of bassist Rex Horan looking at his drawing.
I have to say the drawings looked bloody good up on a twenty foot screen. To have a band being drawn on a big screen could be a great backdrop for a relevant act. It was a fantastic event, and great to see just how people of all ages loved watching Ed draw.
I'm regretting not using better paper for these, given it was something special. The sketchbook doesn't take washes that well. I also ran out of time to properly draw Evan, their magnificent drummer.
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Sunday, October 20, 2013
|Drawing of audience at jazz gig, A4 sketchbook, ink and watercolour|
|Drawing of guitarist in A4 sketchbook, ink and watercolour|
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Friday, October 11, 2013
|Drawing of jazz quartet in a4 sketchbook, ink and watercolour|
This scan isn't quite straight; you are advised to hold your head at an angle. This was a jazz group led by Sam Slater on guitar, playing Django-influenced swing. Percy Pursglove on trumpet/flugelhorn, Lluis Mather saxophone/clarinet, Chris Mapp on bass.
The paper is beginning to bug me; really I should be using heavier paper designed to take water, but then the drawings would become something different. I want these to be sketches rather than laboured paintings.
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Saturday, September 14, 2013
|Drawing of Jazz drummer A4 sketchbook, ink and watercolour|
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
|Jazz festival drawing in A4 sketchbook, ink and watercolour|
Photographer Drew Kirkland was also at the festival again, and caught me in action earlier in the week..
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Sunday, July 14, 2013
|A4 sketchbook drawing in ink and watercolour, jazz festival, 2013|
These were drawn live, and painted 'as live' later working from a short video I took. The drying time involved with watercolour would make painting during a performance unworkable. Knowing you'll be painting later sharpens up your perception as you make mental notes about colour relationships.
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Saturday, July 06, 2013
|Sketchbook drawing of acoustic jazz trio, ink and watercolour. Birmingham Jazz Festival 2013.|
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Saturday, June 01, 2013
|Jazz, saxophonist, sketchbook drawing, ink and watercolour|
|jazz guitarist sketchbook drawing, ink and watercolour|
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Saturday, May 25, 2013
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Saturday, April 06, 2013
|Bassist and Pianist, ink and pencil drawing, A4 sketchbook|
It goes without saying I'm the guy in the suit, not the lady who's also drawing. (Turns out she'd been to a conference during the day in the building and happened to sit next to me.)
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