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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Conté ‘carp on black’ sketch series 3 of 3

I was on a roll with the third sketch and it shows with the looser, more fluid feel. The Conté is blurred by the finger to intimate movement, which seems to work well. Well-composed, it's very much like my earlier post, ‘The Yin and Yang of fly fishing’.

Conté ‘carp on black’ sketch series 2 of 3

This is more like it, not ethe more even black and the soft edges where the Conté pencile embeds nicely in the tooth of the black paper. He looks a little miserable for a symbol of happiness, but I blame the down-turned whiskers.

Conté ‘carp on black’ sketch series 1 of 3

I bought a square format, black paper Daler-Rowney sketchbook yesterday and before sullying its pristine surface with a poor drawing, I did this sketch first on a seperate sheet of paper. In fact this first fish was drawn in white Conté over a black-marker area, which proved not nearly as nice and solid a black (of course) as the black paper which was used for the next two drawings. But still, a worthy trial. When drawing what is effectively ‘in reverse’, i.e with white as the highlight, it’s tempting to draw outlines as you would with a black-on-white example, but that would kill the subtlety, so restraint is the order of the day.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reading on the train 090915

Was scratching around for ideas for more surreal fishy drawings, but as we fisherman say, I 'blanked'. So I drew this fellow-commuter instead on the homeward train. Black Biro on Cachet recycled sketchbook.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Lucky 7-in-One 090908

Drew this on the homeward train last night. A new take on the well-known big-fish-eats-little-fish scenario. I remember seeing film footage of Australian angler Rex Hunt reeling in a fish only to have it eaten at the boat's side at the last second by a much larger fish, so this really happens. (Okay, not quite as neatly as in my pic). Black Biro and Chinagraph white pencil on recycled sketchbook.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Fishermen’s Thoughts 090908

Inspired by a recent fishing trip to Skye in the Scottish inner Hebrides last week, where salmon fishing was the order of the day. And also the work of MC Escher, who mastered the illusion of negative and positive spaces and interlocking images. Black Biro on recycled sketchpad.

Nude, Fiona 900903

Having loosened up with the previous study, I drew the model with a charcoal pencil and then applied a loose watercolour wash, keeping distracting background detail to a minimum.

Fiona study 090903

A quick charcoal pencil and watercolour wash warm-up sketch, prior to my main painting of Fiona on a recent fishing trip to the isle of Skye, Scotland.