Sketchbook

Most drawings in my sketchbooks relate to coursework. In this section are unrelated sketches alongside the results of a local art class and those sketches from a drop-in life drawing group that weren’t completed in Part Four. Also two short workshops taken just before the start of Drawing One.


August 2017

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Gulls across the rooftops in Cornwall. Fascinated by the geometry of the rooftops punctuated by these extraordinary birds – all heavy white muscular chest giving way to dark grey and black wing tips. Tips which look insignificant when they are perched on a rooftop but then you see the entire wing unfold and take to the skies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interesting the way the white crayon works with the charcoal of the wing tips – the charcoal can’t sit well on it but this creates not a blur but almost the feeling of a flash – against light or in movement. Thinking about possible crops.

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Bill Brandt, ‘Early Morning on the River, London Bridge’, about 1935, 2. © Bill Brandt Archive Ltd via V&A vam.ac.uk

Thinking about gulls reminds me of a favourite photograph by Bill Brandt – the result of two negatives in one print and the addition of the sunrise later. There’s a real sense of the muscular force of the gull, its effortless glide against the blur of industry.

 

2 thoughts on “Sketchbook

  1. Kimbolina Post author

    Thank you! that’s really kind – would absolutely love to get back to those gulls but now back in France where, hang on, let me just check out the window – yes, pigeons, lots and lots of pigeons!

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