Saturday 13 August 2016

Safe as houses...

Well, OK, this en plein air sketch of some of the lovely cottages at Sandsend near Whitby is probably a bit safe. 

Lets face it though, there is nothing wrong with a bit of 'proper' drawing one in a fact, its good for the soul and good in many other ways too showing my students from Cober Hill near Scarborough solid techniques in draftsmanship, perspective, tone and more on which to base further abstract work in the studio.

This mixed drawing has been created on Canson Moulin du Roy 300gsm (140lb) not watercolour paper - a paper with a very unique surface quality unlike any other. With just the right amount of surface texture (not too heavily grained or textured nor too smooth not to adhere pastel or 'soft' drawing media to the surface) the paper once again proves how versatile it is for detailed work too.

Marker pens have been used during the creative process too. See if you can spot where they have been used.

You can try these techniques for yourself at Cober Hill with me. I have a great art holiday planned for October this year (just 6 places left now) and another two choices for 2017 if you cannot make the October '16 holiday.

I look forward to exploring the East Yorkshire Coast with you...and teaching you lots of painting and drawing techniques too at great locations and in the Cober Hill studio too.

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Featured drawing
'Cottages at Sandsend, near Whitby'
Mixed media black and white on Canson Moulin du Roy 300gsm (140lb) 'not' watercolour paper
20 x 20 inches (51 x 51cm)

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