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First try with charcoal…

It’s messy isn’t it?….But when you get past that, it is a lovely medium for drawing with. I spent an hour or so looking at some tutorials and then decided to give it a go myself so here are my first efforts with charcoal. 1. an eye and 2. My quick attempt at the Lincoln statue in Washington DC. It really can get very dark, which is great…..

I do like how dark charcoal can get.
I actually enjoy photographing this beautiful statue in DC.
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Down by the riverside.

Hey, so since I’ve been stuck in bed, I’ve been trying to up my pencil drawing game a bit and tried to imagine a scene that includes a riverside, trees and just looks very peaceful….so here’s my first try….

I’d like to think it’s somewhere in the New Forest.

But hey, if you wanna check out the place this is based on: https://www.thenewforest.co.uk/

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Argh Saints, you always let me down.

So I’ve just finished watching the Southampton vs. Derby game on TV and…as usual, I get let down as Saints lost…I try not to get too disappointed these days though as I’m kinda used to it and try not to invest too much emotion in it as it only gives me a headache.

I was a season ticket holder for about a decade though and, in my youth, when in hospital, was visited by Matt Le Tissier, Tim Flowers and Alan Shearer…well, I was virtually asleep at the time and they queried if they should bother waking me up…..of course they should and they did and I’ll treasure that memory but obviously as time goes on I’ve gotten other interests but always keep an eye out for saints.

Anyhow, I suppose that’s a good way to include a portrait drawing I did a while ago of one Matthew Le Tissier (or Le God as he was known in these parts)…so here you are, I hope I’ve done him justice:

Matthew Le Tissier

Okay, granted, he’s a fair bit younger in my drawing than he is now but hey? A portrait is just a snapshot of any given time.

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That sphinx, some reckon he’s a bit of a cat :D

So my last sketch before I went home last night was of the Sphinx in Giza, which is far smaller than you might think!….I touched it’s paw and I just couldn’t believe, considering it’s age, how great it looked….Sans the nose.

It’s absolutely dwarfed by the pyramids in the background but it looks amazing.


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Drawing in the park…

So, as promised, after spending most of the day in hospital waiting for and operation tomorrow, I’ve finally gotten around to uploading the drawing I did this morning in the park outside my apartment…..I hope you like it as I’ve used a little bit of artistic license on bits here and there…..Did I mention Alan Shearer was married in this church?

Really taken a fair few liberties with this one but please forgive me….I blame the nippy dog wanting me to throw the ball every 5 minutes.

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Traveling through Egypt

Hey, so last year I took a week long trip from Cairo down to Abu Simbel near the border of the Sudan. I took a train from Cairo to Aswan but before that saw the pyramids. I’ll show you a photo below but I’m thinking of drawing a portrait of either the pyramids or the Sphynx (which is a lot smaller than you might think) I went at quite a dangerous time as the incident near Sharm-el-Shiek happened but believe me, the Egyptians I met whilst visiting were amazing and sailing up the Nile in a Felucca, meeing and having dinner with a Nubian family and riding a hot air balloon over the valley of the kings and lots of other things were all utterly amazing and there’s just so much to see there….Anyhow, here’s a couple of photos.

I did this all with a company called G Adventures who were amazing.

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Shading complex colours

Hey, so it’s New Year’s day and I thought I’d start as I meant to go on with a bit of a practice at shading. For this I decided to start with some basic shapes and then try some more complex body forms like an arm. So here is my notes for this morning. They might be useful for someone looking at shaded areas, mid-tones and light. I drew this in pencil simply because I couldn’t find my pen but it’s all cool.

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Happy New Year!

So on my lunch break at work today I decided to pop down to Winchester Cathedral and do a pen and ink drawing of Anthony Gormley’s Sound II, now, I got a bit carried away with my pencil sketch but I will put it in pen and ink I promise (but I’ve got the new year to celebrate first!) But either way, here’s where I’m currently at:

As I say, it needs a fair bit of work as this took me about 10 minutes but it’s unusual to actually see the statue’s legs s they’re usually underwater.