Friday, January 27, 2012

By hand and by digit

This was a bit of an exercise to be less precious about the book, inspired by some Honoré Daumier drawings I've been looking at recently. The guy moved position once I'd done the right arm, so I just went with it.. he kind of looks like he's playing the violin.



I also downloaded the brushes app to have a go at finger painting with my ipod.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Materials and results

A few guitarist drawings from my first open mic trips this year. New sketchbook (A5 hardback from Cornelisens), new approach; I thought I'd use Wolff carbon pencils, with the aim of adding washes on top. They're a distinctive and velvety line, more like charcoal than pencil, but somewhere between the two. I don't think they can be rubbed out, but I've never tried. Because the texture of the pencil tip doesn't glide like the fountain pen, I respond differently. The difference makes me feel the shapes more.

At this point I reverted to the fountain pen, as people were only performing two songs. I also have to sketch by tea-light at that particular club, which is bloody tough!


And some from the other pub..


I'm going to try and make a video of some future drawings. Watch this space.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Ronald Searle 1920-2011


As I've been using a fountain pen for the previous outings, I'd spent the last month looking at Searle's work and reading about him; a lot of his work was done with Montblancs. I'm off to the British Museum shortly as they've got some delicious originals in their archives. Sad news hearing of his death, so here's a caricature as a small tribute to the great man. Nobody else could express Rococo like Searle.

His Desert Island Disks is well worth a listen; http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/p00935gq (and has quite a few other cartoonists available as well)

The Searle tribute blog has plenty of brilliance, and this interview for the Cartoon Museum show a year or two ago is available to watch on youtube.