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The art of drawing is somewhat diminished by the use of CAD. or if you like, computor aided design. And less and less people alas are using sketch pads as a result, preferring to let the computor do their artwork – which isn’t really feasible! The nuances of the weight of application of the drawing implement, is so personal and can reveal to the viewer the relationship of the artist to the work, a task as yet not possible otherwise.
However, you the reader or as an artist, will realise that some drawings, even very good work, may need a tiny splash of colour to bring the drawing to life. Using sepia or carré sanguine, is one way of uplifting even the simplest of artworks, as the warm hues of these colourants, in themselves, add life to an illustration. The other way, is as shown here, to just put in a minute morsel of colour, in this case in the kitten’s eyes – to give the work a vibrancy it would otherwise not have.
If you have an illustration or a sketch that you think could do with an “uplift” why not try adding that vital touch of colour and sit back and admire the result.
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Having been trained in the old-fashioned way – I know that building an artwork from scratch, although a slow process, can have very satisfactory results – for the artist and the viewer/buyer.
This particular Motoring Artwork depicts the late, amazing, Scottish Rally Driver, Colin McRae, MBE. World Rally Champion, with his Subaru Impreza WRC. To complete the artwork, I have added in two further details, one, the Family Crest overwritten with a short written script and the other, the Flag of Scotland.
It took two months plus to complete this artwork and I hope you enjoy it.
When you paint a subject you understand, it tends to look good. And I like the results of this watercolour, featuring the wonderful Bugatti 35B, shown here, cornering hard at La Sarthe corner at Le Mans.
Bugatti 35B in full flight
Believe it or not, I have actually been informed thus, by students – students who didn’t know that such a statement is anethema to me.
So why not try a simple exercise to show just what you can do, with simple items, for example a scarf wound about a water jug (now use your imagination…) starting with a pencil illustration, then a crayon artwork, next a gouache painting and finish by painting your subjects as a watercolour artwork. Limit the size to A4 and e-mail me your favourite with a brief description, and I shall feature the best five on a future blog.
Still life in black and white
A problem seen particularly with still-life studies, is that of overcrowding.
In this instance, I have used two closely related items to make my point. This illustration is that of a pair of boots (the type worn by racing, rallying and karting drivers), one on it’s side and displaying the rather intricate “grippy” pattern of its lightweight sole and the other boot is shown in the upright position
These boots are made for racing.
This work has been drawn in ink on 180 gm paper and the title of this artwork is ” These boots are made for racing”.
Adding touches of yellow, or soft orange hues, or letting the colour of the paper
Through the archway.
or under surface come through, makes for a light filled artwork.
Drawing was illustrated using a 0.1 (waterproof and lightfast) Staedler black pigment liner on Canson lightly grained drawing paper.
Certain types of illustrations, whether drawings or paintings, may need a little “extra” to add impact and/or movement to the subject matter.
In this instance I have used simple radiating lines and small circular shapes to indicate the speed and the action of this motorcyclist, the late and very great Northern Irish road-racer, Joey Dunlop. The lifted front wheel is one indicator that the rider is moving at great speed, but the addition of the dust and stones being thrown up by the rear wheel, adds to that sense of speed and indeed danger of this particular sport.
Do not be tempted though,
to overdo these indicators of speed, etc., as it may even obscure the movement of the actual subject or subjects.