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Life drawing

Artworking a life drawing

I recently posted one of my latest life drawings. It occurred to me some time ago (as I use Adobe Illustrator at work,) to add colour form and shape into the drawings and see what happened. Well, this is what happened:

Life drawing

I use a Wacom intuos tablet at work – they’re great tools, essentially they’re a mouse but also work like a pen, pencil or paintbrush.  As well as tracking across the screen  responding to pen pressure that can be used in many ways (like making the line you draw thicker the harder you press).   at home I have an old one – a graphire 4. It no longer works with my operating system osX El Capitan. so I have done this one using the track pad on my laptop – which has taken much, much longer.

Life drawing V2
Using Adobe illustrator also makes it easy (and quick) to adjust colours

Wacom products are great, but they’re expensive. Looking into it I have seen this on Amazon: Huion H610 Pro Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet, there are MUCH cheaper and have great reviews. If anyone of you guys out there has any experience of using one I’d love to hear from you. 

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Detail: I left the sketchmarks in the 10 minute drawing in the background as it added a nice texture. 

Life drawing V

The last from my life drawing archive. These can all be clicked on to enlarge, well I hope so – that’s what I wanted!

Life Drawing IV

I think this is from 2006 – I really like it. I was drawn in a place called ‘The Art House’ in Lewisham.

The standard at the Art House is quite high, I think a lot of people are artists or ex-Goldsmiths Students because it’s near the college.
If you’re thinking of going there to draw do note its a ‘come and draw as you please’ place, you’ll get advice if you want it.
There are other places where they set a task each week.
This could be; “draw with your left hand”,
“Charcoal only this week”
“Don’t look at the page – just the figure”
“Your pencil must stay in contact with the page”
And many more… such as collage only, pull the image from black paper using white chalk,

My favourite is when they made lighting for ‘chiaroscuro’*. But I only had that at extra curricular classes in art college. So if anyone knows of a place that does use lighting in London let me know!


chiaroscuro |kēˌärəˈsk(y)o͝orō, kēˌarə-|


the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.

• an effect of contrasted light and shadow created by light falling unevenly or from a particular direction on something: the chiaroscuro of cobbled streets.

ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Italian, from chiaro ‘clear, bright’ (from Latin clarus) + oscuro ‘dark, obscure’ (from Latin obscurus).

Life Drawing III


I’m moving home soon, I went through some old things having that clear up. You know THAT horrible clear up, where you find things you haven’t opened since moving in. Most of which is essentially junk. This time I’m cutting right back, I mean it – its the most boring job ever.

On the plus side I found some old prokect work from university – the first time round, 1997/2001 and some life drawings from 2005. There was also a drawing about my mum from 1993!

I’ll show some of these over the next few weeks. This one is a life drawing probably drawn about 2005.

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