My Adventures In Art

Urban Sketching Workshop – With Lynne Chapman – Review

Student's attempts at urban sketching

This is a review of two workshops run by Lynne Chapman: “Urban Sketching For Beginners” & “Rhythm And Blues”. One of the reasons I decided I wanted to learn to draw and paint was that my previous hobbies involving sport were beginning to take their toll on my body’s joints and tendons, I needed a […]

Weekly Art Challenge: Crosshatching 3

Crosshatching practice

The object of the exercise: In the second crosshatching challenge  I followed a YouTube tutorial video that showed how to crosshatch an arm. I was quite pleased with  the results but it involved following very closely the lines drawn by the tutor. The next stage was to try working out, on my own, where the cross […]

Weekly Art Challenge: Crosshatching 2

Crosshatching on an arm

The object of the exercise: After completing the first crosshatching challenge  I realised that cross-hatching is harder than it looks! I watched Alphonso Dunn’s tutorial on cross hatching and copied his method stroke for stroke. I was pleased with the results at that stage. But then I tried drawing a nose from scratch with less pleasing […]

Weekly Art Challenge: Crosshatching 1

A cross-hatched nose

The object of the exercise: Crosshatching is a skill I have tried but made little progress with. I wanted to make a concerted effort to rectify that. It seems to mostly be done with pen and ink. I like the idea of using pen and ink because it should stop me worrying about making mistakes. […]

Review of my adventures in art so far, the first few months

My first watercolour

I’m pleased with my progress. For my first 36 days I drew every day which got me from this: To this: So I think there was some improvement there. Then I decided I would benefit from a course. I did a 10 week course that was a basic introduction to drawing. I learned about the […]

Day 36: Different ways of making marks

Pointillism broccoli

Another classroom lesson. A drawing is made up of marks on paper. There are different ways of making marks. The following exercise was to draw the same shapes but using different types of marks. In the example below (clockwise from top left) I’ve used shading, crosshatching, dashes and points. All self explanatory. The shading example […]