This is my dog, Elsa. Elsa from Frozen, yes, but we didn’t name her! In reality she is more like Anna – feisty, determined and a bit nuts.
Elsa02 Elsa03 Elsa04 At first she was asleep, but then she realised I was drawing her. This is her eye upside-down – she was lying like she is in the drawing above.Elsa05 The next stage was play!Elsa07Elsa06 Eventually she moved around too much and my drawings became very quick gestures …Elsa08

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At All The Young Nudes this week two musicians modelled. Though there were the usual long and short poses, they also played a few songs. This was great not only to listen to but to draw! It was difficult, but I’d like to do more drawing like it.

The two drawings below are using conte crayons. They were new and felt scratchier than my old ones, so I switched to pencil. 11 12

I used pencil for all the very quick drawings.15 16 17 18 Brush ink pen.19 20 Back to pencil for the last few poses.14 13

This is a walk cycle WIP from a short scene I’m animating. It’s the first time I’ve animated with the Mery rig (available from meryproject.com) and it’s been a lot of fun to use.

Here are some 30-second animal sketches! I’m drawing a lot more very short poses and it’s fun. Plus it helps with the longer poses.Menagerie Here are some slightly longer 2-minute poses.Bird Cat Wolf

I made it along to the All the Young Nudes life drawing session again this week. For the last two weeks I haven’t been able to go, but I have been sketching from life and pictures more than usual. This time I really noticed a difference in my drawing; I was looser and didn’t panic as much. I must, I must, I must draw more!02 06 08 09 07 05 01 03 04

Yesterday I went on a Timberbush Tour of the Scottish Highlands, seeing places like Glencoe and Loch Ness. I’ve been to Loch Ness before, and through Glencoe lots of times, but this is the first time I’ve done a tour of my own country – and certainly the first time I’ve been up through the Highlands and back home in one day! I also enjoyed the stories and legends told by the guide, some of which were new to me.

I think that if you’re visiting Edinburgh and have only one day spare this is a fantastic way to see more of Scotland. But, if you’ve more time, it’s worth hiring a car and taking the journey a little more slowly. Glencoe is beautiful, and a wonderful place for a walk (even a short one) and a picnic. I didn’t like piling out of the coach and being herded back on again five minutes later. However I did manage to dash off two quick sketches! The first is below.Glencoe_01At Loch Ness, there was an option to go on a boat tour. I stayed behind to sketch, but again only managed two …
LochNess_01 By this point the scenery was descending into cloud and there was little left for me to draw. A few seconds later it started to rain, and then the thunder and lightning began. My second plan of having a walk in the forest thus destroyed as well, I went into the hotel cafe for a hot chocolate.LochNess_02 This is the second Glencoe sketch – I was back on the coach at this stage, and managed to jot this down before it pulled away.Glencoe_02

I’ve been unable to go to the life drawing sessions for the last couple of weeks, so I did some drawing from poses online. They’re not ideal (although the model does stay perfectly still) but I do like being able to do the very short poses.

The hands below were done in 30 seconds each; I used to be quicker but I’m out of practice! I still find hands and feet difficult. Here I was really working to break the hand down as simply as I could – I’ve still some way to go.

Hands The pose shown below took longer – 2 minutes.Back

This pose took somewhere around 7 minutes to draw. I’m pleased with it as often my longer poses lose clarity and spontaneity, and I feel this one’s kept that. I would like to do some drawing of dancers in real life.Ballerina

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