Every now and again I do a drawing practice blitz to familiarise myself with how other artists use line and hatching to create figures and portraits. I usually go from one image to the next and render as quick as I can, learning along the way.

Over the years I feel this process has paid off as I get better results without excessive handling. This helps ease the tension when when it comes around to actually making finished pieces.The fluidity hopefully is retrained. Given that its a spontaneous exercise I end up using a ballpoint pen on A4 printer paper. That way I get through lots quickly and it doesn’t allow for any cover ups!
I have more form this exercise period on my flickr site https://www.flickr.com/photos/126259180@N04/sets/72157645764222971/

Hermitage Blitz Watercolour Practice session Series 2.
- All done sequentially in quick brushwork, inspired by paintings in Russian Hermitage Museum.

Hermitage Blitz Watercolour Practice session Series1.
- All done sequentially in quick brushwork, inspired by paintings in Russian Hermitage Museum

Here are some quick sketches in watercolour to get me going. I did them on crappy A4 paper so they are crinkly. Not too bothered though, as there just a few samples form a large pile of throwaway sketches I’m doing to reconnect with this medium.

In this bunch, there is a few quick sketches I did off the cuff inspired by a friends photos on Facebook. I often feel drawing has lost its power to all that can be done with digital photo manipulation. But in a few minutes sketch, I realised it can still trigger an emotional response. Hmmm better explore this further ;-)

I spend a lot of my time doing digital artwork. This year I hoping to ‘rediscover’ the power of paint and traditional media all over again. Its been far too long !

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More sketches with the same rapid pen strokes. I’m just using a black biro so I m not interested in finished studies .

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Quick practice sketches I did in around October 2013. I often draw from paintings in art books as its very informative. My sketches are done sequentially, usually just a few minutes for each as otherwise I get bored. There is no other aim than to get familiar with the artist work I’m looking at, and just to practice drawing.

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Tools of the trade -> Biro’s, yes basic pens I’ve got used to for making sketches of my digital work. It helps me think about whats going in the image and how it all works together.

I go through a lot of pens. Usually their lost before the inks runs out but I seem to be gathering a collection of empty ones. The current one has a broken top and its cool because it reminds me of school and having an irreverent attitude when sketching with them.

I called this ‘White Cow’ and its part of a series I did that had a folk stylistic influence.

I called this ‘White Cow’ and its part of a series I did that had a folk stylistic influence.

A barefooted Farmer blends into the surrounding landscape.

A barefooted Farmer blends into the surrounding landscape.

Being up this tree is like a mandala inscape of mysterious spaces. Never got to finish off this image. I must  

Being up this tree is like a mandala inscape of mysterious spaces. Never got to finish off this image. I must  

A print I made years ago about old wounds, departure and such things… 

A print I made years ago about old wounds, departure and such things… 

some Graphic design work I did before

This guy is feeling claustrophobic or maybe agoraphobic…

This guy is feeling claustrophobic or maybe agoraphobic…

This is a very simple (rough)graphic layout mocked up in Adobe Illustrator. I am excited how it can be transformed  into a rather cool textured water coloured effect. I did this experiment with an App called Aquarella. Its Mac only I think. I am going to spent some time with this process so I can work it into my workflow. I’ll keep it in mind to accomplish more resolved work.