Monday, March 30, 2009

Back in the life room

It has been almost three years since I was last in a life drawing class. In France I tried to stay sharp drawing people on the street or at the beach but there's nothing quite like a good life drawing session. I've really missed a weekly work-out in the drawing gym but boy did I feel rusty!

I've found a great class in Bristol where there are 5 models all evening- alternating poses between 5 minutes to an hour. It's the biggest class I've ever been to- there must have been close to 50 artists!

The drawings shown here were all 5 minute poses. Struggling with the time limit, materials & finding a good vantage point I found myself falling back on 'comfort' drawing tricks. I've signed up for 10 weeks so I hope to break out of those old habits.

Will, who organizes the class, has a blog here.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Alas, Lacock is not another medieval French village and no it's not a Parisian gay club either-it's a picturesque English village east of Bath. My Story Supervisor had found it & told me it was full of stuff I'd like to sketch;half-timber houses & ancient architecture.

The lady poking her head out of the window in this sketch later found me & asked to see what I was drawing.

I saw this litttle church near the town of Box on the route back to Bath. I stopped the car, jumped over the wall & sat in the graveyard to quickly sketch it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Here are my first sketches from Bristol. I've moved to the city to storyboard on a feature for Aardman. There's tonnes of interesting stuff to draw around the harbour where the studio is located.