I like tracing paper, and light boxes, but especially tracing paper. I find it much easier to draw on, and erase from, than normal paper. And yes, going over the back, and then tracing onto the final surface can be a tad tedious. But, I find working like this seems to give a less mechanical finish than going straight in from a light box. Also, I feel there is a little bit of me, that gets transferred through the translucency of an old school Silvine tracing pad. For the Feb/March '17 South Woodford Village Gazette.
Sunday, 19 February 2017
Sunday, 12 February 2017
One of many. There are some old ones on Chelsea Embankment and newer looking versions on King's Road. The old ones have a base like this, the newer ones are a bit deeper. This took me a while to complete, and I remembered again, the artist's adage, 'look twice, or draw twice'. If not that; spend a shed load of time on Photoshop. I'm not saying what I did.
Saturday, 11 February 2017
This is the last time I'm going to faff about with the title. Art on the Left has a history, which I am not going to deny. And it sounds snappier than Drawn to the Left. So apart from the more accurate sub title, this is how it's going to be. There are a couple of new different drawings on my site blog evelynrowland.co.uk/blog and on urbansketchers-london.blogspot.com/ I am going to have drawings on
here again, just not today.
here again, just not today.
Thursday, 9 February 2017
I miss Art on the Left, but it doesn't fit anymore. But the 'Left' is still applicable, as all my drawings tend to lean over in that direction, generally by 1º. When I initially noticed, I put it down to being unthinking, so I tried very hard to concentrate, and get my verticals straight up. My eyes, however, saw differently. I tried rotating 1º to the right in photoshop, but they looked 'wrong', all stiff and starchy. So that is when I realised that our little quirks that make us, 'us', need to be embraced.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Yesterday I posted my last post on here, or so I thought. Funny how one gets attached to the virtual, isn't it. I started a blog up on my site (which I will be keeping) and decided to leave this one. But I missed having all the little things in the side bar, and a title and picture as a permanent feature. The page tracking thing is annoying, but that only affects me. I may make a few changes, but I'm not going anywhere haha.
Friday, 2 December 2016
Sunday, 23 October 2016
A couple of years ago, you may remember, I had a thing about fashion illustration. This was a commission for a wedding present, after the event. As the pose was already on the elegant side, I didn't have to be too inventive. Anyway, painting white on white was rather fun, Chinese White watercolour for the translucent veil, and then Zinc White gouache to pick out the folds and embroidery. Skin tone was made up of Naples Yellow, Chinese White and a spot or two of Cadmium Red Pale. Well, I think that was it, but it doesn't take too long to figure it out. With watercolour, go in thin, re-glaze as necessary, and preferably with a little gum arabic.