Wednesday, 28 September 2016

SEPT-DEC 2016. WEEK 1

Thank you for a good turn out on the first week of class. I was very impressed with everyone's work.
As  I mentioned in class, working with decent tools will always enable pleasing results with a piece of work but it is not as important as the act of drawing it's self. The mark you leave on the paper.

Anyone can draw. Pick up a pen, pencil or crayone, and drag it along a piece of paper and you will have drawn a line or a swirl, or a mark of some kind. Drawing is all about the line you leave on paper. What the brain sees and how it is transfered to paper, or any surface. It is a form of communication. When you first learn to write, your hand writing may look scruffy, possibly wabbly, maybe some of the characters are the wrong way around. As you practice, you learn how to communicated better through writing and your writing will look more confident, with strighter lines and possibly bold sweeps, or it may look elegant and pretty. Learning to communicate through drawing  is very similar. Your first drawings may display a  lack of confidence, which is natural for most beginners, and may also look child like.It's ok, these are your first steps into a journey of discovery. For you, this is uncharted territory. But don't be afraid. Step boldly forward.

One of the main things I witness holding an individual back in their development is fear. The fear of making a mistake. The fear of producing a bad drawing. Well, NEWS FLASH! We all produce bad drawings. I still do for sure. Many professionals produce bad drawings during there daily output of work. They just don't post them online, they probably go in the bin. There is nothing wrong with producing a bad drawing. Learn from it if you can.  I suggest that you keep your bad drawings while you are learning to draw. You can look back on them and  be able to chart your progress. Being able to see your development is important. It will give you confidence to see the improvements you make and help you push forward and create even better work.

Practice, practice, practice. This is what every pro will tell you if you ask them how to be a better artist. And basically, that's all it comes down to. Well, that and a love of drawing. If you are not enjoying drawing , it may hinder your progress and development. Maybe drawing isn't for you. It doesn't meant you can't draw, it may be that it simply doesn't float you boat. If you are enjoying the process of creating a drawing and getting something from it, whatever that may be, then the chances are you will make good progress.
The important thing with creating a piece of art is to have fun doing so. If you enjoy doing something, you are more likely to repeat the process.
Of course , there will be times when you feel frustrated  at not progreesing as fast as you hoped, or that you feel stuck in a rut, but that's ok too. everyone goes through this. Even professionals. Just work through it . You will come out the otherside a better artist.



Wednesday, 31 August 2016

FANTASY ART-NEW TERM-27TH SEPTEMBER!

I will be teaching a new term of Fantasy Art, beginning , Tuesday 27th September.
Swarthmore are now taking enrolments.
Swathmore Adult Education Centre
2 - 7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD Leeds, United Kingdom
0113 2432210

Sunday, 31 July 2016

SCRAPERBOARD

This is for Ann-Marie and anyone else interested in scaperboard.
As you may recall, I  offered to bring some examples in on the last week of term. Unfortunately, what with moving house etc, I had not unpacked the examples in time for the last class. In fact, I have only just found them. For anyone interested, here are some scraperboard examples form the late 80's and early 90's. Not very proficient but they they were approved and I got paid.










Friday, 29 July 2016

DRINK 'N' DRAW!!!

The Monday night event you've all been waiting for is back!!!
The fun drawing (with optional alcohol drinking) social event is back on, this coming Monday, 1st August, at  The White Swan , Leeds, next to the City Varieties, from 6.30pm onwards.




Here are some photos from previous events.








Wednesday, 13 July 2016

April - May 2016 - part 3

Continuing from, April - May 2016 - part 2,
 here are some works by the artists  that were discussed  during class.
I will list  a collection here and  more  in the next post so that it is not too overwhelming to  go through.
Rather than attempt to enlighten you with my own limited knowledge, I will post links  to other more knowledgeable and fun  sources.

KELLEY JONES






Kelley Jones is my dear friend and I am lucky to  have this one hanging on my studio wall.

BECKY CLOONAN


  I am very fortunate to have  these limited edition screen prints on my wall.







April - May 2016 - part 2

Here are some works by the artists  that were discussed  during class.
I will list  a collection here and  more  in the next post so that it is not too overwhelming to  go through.
Rather than attempt to enlighten you with my own limited knowledge, I will post links  to other more knowledgeable sources.

Jeffrey Catherine Jones
World-renowned illustration artist Frank Frazetta called Jones "the greatest living painter".




links

Virgil Finlay






H R GIGER