Sunday, 21 December 2008
I did this pencil drawing way back in the heady days of August 1992, a month before I started my degree at Camberwell College of Arts. When I was a boy, Elisabeth Sladen would make my heart go goosey whenever she was on the telly in Doctor Who and I did this portrait for her when I met her in London at a signing session. She was so lovely and complimentary about the drawing when she accepted it, my heart pumped up to Goose Factor 9.
Sometimes I wish I did but I don't often do drawings like this anymore because they're so time consuming and although I still have the patience, I'm always too busy illustrating books and stuff.
Other Dr Who drawings can be found on my website.
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
This is a Leonard Cohen drawing I did today that was required as a quick commission. Anyone who ever knew me, I don't know anyone anymore, knows that I spend a lot of my time messing things up. And this drawing is a top example of that as I had his face all wrong after making the marks around the eyes, mouth and nose far too heavy. To be fair though, I'm a bit poorly today and I can't concentrate very well with a headache. And my nose was running and kept dripping on my work.
Frankly my friends, Lenny deserves better than that.
I'm quite resourceful in a tight spot so I took my drawing and popped it onto my computer where I gently over-layed bits and bobs of the original photo I used as reference. I haven't done this before but I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out. The main problem was to try and make sure the parts I corrected still looked as though I was clever enough to have drawn them. But I'm not clever, not today. Today I'm a fraud.
Sunday, 14 December 2008
This is an A3 pencil portrait of Elvis Presley as a boy. Elvis grew up poor and there's a distict sadness in his eyes here. The drawing itself is quite loose and sketchy and although I don't know how long it took to do (I did it about 4 or 5 years ago), I don't suppose it took longer than an evening.
There are other drawings of Elvis which can be found in the portfolio section of my website.
Friday, 12 December 2008
Monday, 8 December 2008
I did this tight little drawing with and edding pen I think, although that might not be true as I don't much like edding pens. Mmmm, it was some sort of pen anyway. The areas of darkness were built up with a laborious cross-hatched mark and I decided quite soon afterwards that I didn't really get on with this type of drawing because I'm not all that suited to it since I prefer a quicker, looser line.
But that sounds like a challenge and I reckon I've just goaded myself into having another go at another drawing of this type. In a couple of years or so.
Other Dr Who drawings can be found in the portfolio section of my website.