… from the past few weeks.
Even though I hadn’t done much in the way of cartooning in the ten years or so that followed on from the minor success of the stare-out getting on the telly and then getting it published 'properly' by Bloomsbury, I did make quite a bit of effort trying to learn to draw, especially the human figure. I found Betty Edward’s “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” an excellent instruction book and worked my way through all the various exercises and I did manage to improve slowly, if somewhat haphazardly. I would really recommend this book to anyone interested in trying to learn to draw. In 2009 I decided to buzz off to South America and I spent 8 months in Peru paying people to take their close off whilst I tried to submerged myself in 2-4 hours of figure and portrait drawing a day. The plan was to try to improve my human anatomy knowledge and then give cartooning another go. Despite drawing a great deal, my cartooning is still as crude and basic as ever. I’m never gonna be Brian Bolland...
Anyway, I still go to as many weekly figure-drawing classes as I can and presented here in the front window of The House of Hatch are a few recent efforts. The classes I go to are not taught so I plod along in the dark a bit. If I had the dosh and if I could duck out of needing a job, I would pay the local models for 2-4 hours a day, five days a week and study and practise and really learn anatomy and and… oh well, one day maybe.
These efforts were realised in pencil and charcoal. The charcoal pics are rather laboured and uptight as I struggle to get to grips with the medium. The paper I currently use is rather unforgiving too (but it's cheap). The pencil drawings are a bit better. Normally the poses last from between 10 to 20 minutes or slightly longer at 30-40 minutes. I often find myself craving more time so that I can put in a background or something, in order to give the model more of a context rather than just having them floating in space as they often are.
Anyway, give me another 250 years practise or so and I’ll produce a half-decent picture.
Update! More examples of can be seen here