Entries in drawing (10)


Just a Girl and her Bunny - Sktchy30 Day 2 

The challenge for this artwork was as follows: 'According to the American Holistic Health Association, it's vital for you to take at least 20 minutes per day to engage in the leisure activities that you love. These brain breaks put a pep in your step and help you enjoy time with your family, make you more productive at work, help you ace that test you've been worried about and more. The benefits of giving yourself leisure time can trickle down to every other aspect of your life, so make sketching a priority!'

To learn more about the importance of leisure time, take a look at these resources:

How to work, love and play when no one has time | Brigid Schulte | TEDxMidAtlanticSalonwords 

 You’ve Been Taking Breaks All Wrong. Here’s How To Do It Right.

The following arwork was made in response to the above inspiration:  

My statement that accompanied this piece: 
It is obvious that RJ Nuclear has a lot of fun playing around with imagery. (The inspirational image was posted by RJ Nuclear.) I have been fascinated by this image for some time now & have been too terrified to engage with it. Often a great photograph is the most difficult thing to turn into a successful artwork. In the spirit of today's theme I decided to squash my fears & 'play' with this image. #Sktchy30 (#day2)

Sktchy 30 Day challenge April 2017 

This April I took part in a challenge run by the Sktchy app. Each day starting on the first of April a topic with inspirational readings/youtube videos arrived in my inbox. The only rules was to respond to the given topic and upload the resulting artwork to the app each day.  I managed to make 30 artworks, some days making an absolute mess but managing to tidy up my really bad scribblings by using my iPad.  

Above: Some of the artworks I made. 


Classroom on caffeine 

'...a ritual is not only a gesture of hospitality and reassurance, but a celebration of a break in routine, a moment when the human drive for survival lets up and people can simply be together. This last aspect is to me the fundamental meaning of the coffee break... These are secular rituals that, in unobtrusive but essential ways, help maintain humanness in ourselves and with one another.' - http://www.coffeereview.com/coffee-reference/coffee-culture/the-coffee-ritual/

I aim to start this year teaching by sharing a cup of tea or coffee with my art classes in their first art lesson & hopefully start the relationship with my students on a feeling of conviviality. My Grade 10 & 11 classes will be treated to coffee & tea themed lessons throughout the first term. Our first lesson will be spent discussing the symbolism of tea and coffee and splashing and spilling the liquid onto various surfaces that will later be turned into artworks. In preparation for this term I created a few coffee based artworks myself. The image below of Benjamin was started by dipping the bottom of a mug into coffee & staining the paper. The support is Emtini liner/dressmakers card which has been primed with a white PVA. The drawing was done with the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens.  

The coffee spill below was developed into a profile drawing of Stefan (the following pic)   


 I controlled the stain below by using masking fluid & developed it into the drawing of Ida Sales (Asterisk)   

 I produced a further two drawings in each case started with a spill of coffee. A portrait of France below: 

Portrait of Daniella below. All reference pics were sourced on the Sktchy app. 


Definitive proof that there is magic happening in my classroom this year. 

I started my Grade 10 and 11 students on a series of traditional drawing exercises this year culminating in bigger chalkboard drawings. They were allowed to choose what ever image they wanted to draw on to the boards. I am not too strict on content this early on in their development as artists because I want them to focus on technique rather than ideas at this stage. The girls worked on these drawings partly at school in our first term & then finished them off over the easter holidays at home. It was with great delight that I received these beautiful pieces. The following pieces are by Emma D, Emma C, Chia Chi, Georgina, Jessica, Khevna and Rebecca. 


Key first steps to successful charcoal drawing 

This term with my Grade 10 students started with us focussing on charcoal during class time & drawing in graphite pencil for homework.I normally get my students to draw almost straight away on Emtini Liner – a tobacco coloured card & they then tackle quite a big drawing (about A2 in size). This year I tried to give the students a more comprehensive introduction to charcoal. First doing a series of contour and gesture drawing using willow charcoal & observing human faces (each other) & animal skulls.

We then did copies of David Hockney’s landscape studies in charcoal to learn about mark making in charcoal.  

They were then introduced to planar analysis by observing the planes and surfaces on a face selected out of a magazine & then practicing this using the mannequin & skeleton for reference.  

They were also shown the following images dealing with planar analysis from the blog of Adriana Burgos:

My Grade 10 students showed an interest in the blackboard drawing that I did on my office door this year, so I decided to order mounted boards covered in blackboard paint, that they could use as a surface for their own charcoal/chalk drawings.


One of my students, Anne, found the lesson on planar analysis really useful & applied what she had learnt to a drawing of an ocelot. The following images document her progress: