Sunday, January 29, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Thursday, January 19, 2006
At last, after a gap of over 2 years the London chapter of the Animation Blogging Community have found a new, regular life drawing class to attend! Monday & Tuesday nights at the CANDID Arts Centre, Islington - behind Angel tube station. Here's what I did in the first session.
A little late maybe but here's what Santa brought me for Xmas! An original drawing by Uli Meyer that appeared on his (now sadly deceased) blog (RIP). The other original drawing is master caricaturist Ric Machin's rough drawing for a painting he made of DeNiro as Travis Bickle in TAXI DRIVER. Interesting article on Ric & his art here:
Saturday, January 07, 2006
As a Ronald Searle/Ralph Steadman fan I often trawl the second-hand bookshops of Charing X Road looking for old or out of print editions. I recently found 'Ronald Searle's Secret Sketchbook'. It's a small volume of very rough & loose pen drawings that Searle made in the red light district of Hamburg. An American magazine sent him there on assignment to document the colourful 'night-life' & the results are rapidly executed sketches of strippers, prostitutes, johns & punters. The book's jacket says 'this sketchbookis an observer's notebook, not a participator's, and was never intended originally to be seen in print'.
Friday, January 06, 2006
Over the holiday break I managed to get to a couple of the big art shows in London. CHINA: The 3 Emperors at The Royal Academy is packed with exquisitely crafted objects & hand painted scrolls.
RUBENS: A Master In The Making at the National Gallery shows all his major early works. 8 years studying the Renaissance Masters in Italy transformed from from a struggling artist's pupil in Antwerp into the most successful painter of his day.
Incredibly dynamic work on display, the highlight is his version of St.George vanquishing the Dragon.
The 'ecorche' figures on show are miniature wax works (by Willem van tetrode 1562) of flayed human bodies in dynamic action which Rubens had copied endlessly from every angle while studying anatomy. The figures are displayed next to Rubens drawings of them.