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Market Day

Sunday 13th January 2019

Based on my Saturday morning routine of walking to the outdoor market in Birmingham to pick up vegetables for the week. Based on, because the sky wasn’t blue, there isn’t a window there on the right, the Wah Kee Bakery has gone or at least changed name and it’s usually quite busy!

It took me a couple of hours to get the sketch how I wanted it to be in pencil, and then about three more hours to paint it using Windsor and Newton beginner watercolours and Derwent skintones pencils. The background was quite tricky as I’ve not tried backgrounds before, and I’m not quite happy with the colour or finish of the path, but it’s not bad for a first attempt at a full painting.

From my Sketchbook | December 2018

Sunday 9th December 2018

I tried to scan these, but my scanner is old and only good for scanning documents so I’ve photographed my sketchbook instead. I’m trying to learn how to draw people, sort of anime style, and have been following some tutorials I found online here.

The runners are supposed to be me and Ed. Ed thinks I’ve drawn myself too fat, and wonders where his shoulders have got to, but I’m pretty pleased with these as it’s early days still!

Learning to Draw

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Recently I’ve been trying to teach myself how to draw and paint. I’ve always thought that it’s something I can’t do, but I’m trying to break down some of my long-held beliefs and prove myself wrong. I have so many ideas in my head that I wish I could put to paper, and I finally got fed up with not knowing how.

My problem in the past has always been that I’ve tried to draw by eye, and my proportions always come out wrong. I remember an art class when I was about nine or ten, and being tasked with copying a photo of a blue tit perched on a beer can. I was so frustrated, because I didn’t know where to start or how to do it.

Rather than approach drawing as I’ve always approached drawing, I’ve started following the circles and lines method of drawing animals, and it seems to be helping. Here are a couple of my early sketches.

A badger
A beluga whale

The paint set I have is made by Winsor and Newton in their Cotman range. It’s their pocketbox, and all the paint colours are vegan. The Cotman range of watercolour paints (with the exception of three colours which aren’t in the pocket box set) doesn’t include ingredients or pigments derived from animals. The brush I’m using is from the Pro Arte prolene range. It’s synthetic, and a size 6, which seems to be a good all rounder for me as a beginner. Together with the tiny retractable brush that came with my paint set, I think I should be good to go for quite some time.