Scaling Up a Cone

Another drawing day at West Dean College today with Frances Hatch setting the task.  This was a follow up to Going Large a few weeks back, the aim being more scaling up, this time of natural debris picked up during one of Frances’ dog walks.  It’s amazing what a magnifying glass and considered drawing shows up in terms of structure of plants.  Hairy buttercups for a start!  I picked a cone as my study and spent a fascinating day drawing various views.

"scaled up pictures of a cone"

Cone structure and sketches

"charcoal drawing of a cone"

charcoal on paper


Going Large

I have just arrived back from a West Dean Foundation Diploma drawing day, set by tutor and super-talented artist, Frances Hatch.  The theme was scaling up, something I don’t find easy and wouldn’t do out of choice (being a big fan of A4 sketchbooks and scanners).   It took me all day to complete this graphite drawing and the concentration required quite wore me out.  Interestingly it was pointed out to me at the closing review how the end product resembles knitting!

"scaled up drawing of a chain"

graphite on paper drawing of a segment of a metal bracelet