Saturday, April 12, 2014

Sketchbook drawing, jazz vibraphone

Sketchbook drawing, ink and watercolour, jazz vibraphone, A4 sketchbook
Really great time drawing a vibraphonist. Amazing instrument; its pedal lifting the bars like a breathing ribcage, the little rotating dics atop the tubes like tiny gills. Not to mention the sound. From an artistic point of view it's a fabulous subject as it's so physical to play. A figure study with a nice perspective challenge. Much more difficult than it looks!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sketchbook reportage, Jazz Trumpet

Drawing of Jazz trumpet player, ink and watercolour, a4 sketchbook
This drawing was rescued by the watercolour. I'd hoped to draw the female saxophonist leading the group (women in jazz seem to be a minority) but I arrived before the band and they set up the front line the other way around.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Jazz musicians drawing

Jazz musicians, drawing in ink and watercolour, A4 sketchbook 2014
Again faced with a complex scene that wasn't naturally placed across the gutter, I lost a bit of time wondering how to draw. I liked just the figures painted so chose not to add surroundings. It would have been just watercolour of the lighting and shadows on the floor; the pink and orange stage lights at the venue throw really interesting angles to include in compositions. The turquoise shadows are a favourite thing I like to add.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Drummer drawing, sketchbook

Drummer, ink and watercolour drawing in A4 sketchbook

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Jazz group sketchbook drawing

Jazz group, Ink and watercolour drawing in A4 sketchbook, 2014
I've not been too happy with my drawings post-Cowley, though this feels better despite running out of time to finish. The last gig I went to I chose not to draw at all because of a deeply uninspiring view and stifling volume. I really like drawing this horn player but it was hard to place them on the page in a way that didn't put him in the gutter. I wasted a bit too much time puzzling over that before going for it. I quite like the spatial thing that's happening with him unpainted and breaking into the next page. A kind of jazz ghost..