Archive | November, 2006

Notes (from class, for reference)

8 Nov
  1. Every line has meaning.
  2. Nothing is truly abstract (think: clouds).
  3. What may be abstract to one person, has meaning for others.
  4. Techniques of Drawing by Fred Gettings

Graeme (note doorhandle in the corner)

7 Nov


I’m really pleased with this picture and really should write a post explaining the process that got me here (it involved garden stakes). Maybe I’ll do a double whammy after tomorrow’s class – right now I’m too tired.

I’m still displaying pics around the house – there’s more of Graeme on the upstairs bedroom door. My house is becoming a series of temporary art galleries 🙂


(I can’t believe the class is into its second half as of tomorrow – it’s going so fast! I’m almost certainly going to enrol again.)

Da Muse (Am I even qualified to talk about this yet??)

2 Nov

I saw this post from jaylake from a while ago and while it’s specifically about writers (who we all know are freaks and to be avoided), I still found myself identifying to some extent – mostly this bit:

Because I only get that calling-down-fire-from-the-gods feeling when I am writing, never when I’m waiting to write or thinking about writing or wishing I was writing. And I’ve written a lot of dreck along the way. But every time I sit down at my keyboard, I’m buying a ticket in the Muse lottery.

The Muse and hard work are not mutually exclusive. In fact, I submit, they can be one and the same. It’s certainly worth a shot, innit? Meanwhile, you’ve got more stories written while waiting for her to fly by the window.

I can have a million images in my head but they don’t actually exist until I try putting them on paper. Even more importantly, I don’t even know if they can exist – or their potential – until I do. So I definitely agree – the muse really only works when you’re doing.

So if we try to extend the common ‘write every day'[1] advice ,do you have to draw every day? Simply from a practical point of view, you do have to draw regularly to ‘keep your eye in’. Unlike writing, drawing needs physical practice as well as mental. Is physical practice more important than mental? I dunno yet. Possibly not, but you do need it.

Do I draw every day? Hell no! As I’ve said previously, I’m too fucking busy 😉

[1]Yeah – I know ‘write every day’ doesn’t work for everyone and writers need to find what works for them, blah, whatever. Like I said – who cares about writers??

Material Acquisitions

2 Nov


That’s not a pencil…


this is a pencil!


I’m sure this pencil, from Prague (they have a lot of wood for sale in Prague), was made for the novelty value but I’m seriously gonna draw with it. One of the things we do in the life drawing class is think about the mechanics of drawing (as well as the looking). So we’ve been drawing without looking at the paper, without taking the pencil off the page, using our ‘wrong’ hand (in my case my right!), and using ‘implements’ to distance us from the page (more on that later)[1]. In this respect, I think drawing with a giant pencil is quite appropriate. Not quite so giant are the coloured pencils I also got in Prague. If the giant graphite is reaching 50 cm (seriously!), these coloured pencils are 20-30 cm tall.


I was too shy to take them to art class yesterday, but I will gird myself for next week.

Not from Prague, but these inks are very pretty and I got them today. Ultramarine, Violet, Plum. I’d be lying if I said the packaging didn’t sway me a bit, but I did want ink (more on that later too).


[1]Not all at the same time, these are separate exercises 😉