Portraiture at West Dean College

I am exhausted, enthused and inspired in equal measures following a great course at West Dean college this weekend.  I was really impressed with how our tutor, Andrew Fitchett, managed to cope with a class of 12 people, all with different experiences and objectives, ensuring that each of us got the maximum amount of help and direction.   On Andrew’s suggestion I used charcoal for the first day experimenting with different ways of creating form through tone.  My favourite was this drawing which attempted to divide the subject into dark and light.

"charcoal portrait"

charcoal on paper

On the second day I was persuaded to move into colour and after a quick practice run before coffee break, this was my first proper attempt at a pastel drawing.  It took about 90mins and I think I am encouraged enough by the end result to use colour again!

"pastel portrait"

pastels on paper


5 thoughts on “Portraiture at West Dean College

  1. Fabulous drawings Nicky. You must be really pleased with these, – what left you feeling confused? The pastel is beautiful – the colour seems just right and I love the viewpoint. I did an observational drawing course with Andrew Fitchett, It was a large group but he worked so hard to give everyone individual attention and I felt I learned a lot from him.

  2. Thanks Viv! Not confused this time, totally the opposite: enthused! Andrew gave me a few ideas to work on to help sort my drawing out which have really helped. So pleased I took your recommendation and did a course with him 🙂

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