A very fast sketch.
Here’s some bloke with a toothy smile.
This is pencil on cartridge paper. I wonder what his name is?
I’ve been focusing on people recently because I want some interesting characters to use with my young writers group this Saturday. We’re going to look at advice columns/blogs. I’ll ask them to choose a character and to come up with a problem they need advice on. When they’ve written the problem, I’ll get them to swap with other members of the group and they can then write replies. I think it should be a good exercise for developing characters and stories.
Remember that? The writing thing? Well, I’ve some good news with regards to published work and public performances.
First up, Mantle Lane Press have taken my short story, Electricity, to be included in a wonderful anthology that focuses on outsiders. The collection is entitled Songs for the Elephant Man. They’re also going to publish a long short story of mine called, Submerged. More news on this soon.
On the performance front, I’ll be reading a short story as part of a Room 204 sharing session at the Birmingham Literature Festival, and reading at Country Voices at a cosy pub in Ironbridge.
I’ll add full details soon.
Tonight’s speed sketch is once again in pencil on paper. This is a real quickie as I’m short on time. This is a drawing of a 3D bath toy that a friend brought back from the States in the 90’s.
Hopefully, I’ll have more time tomorrow.
Also, tomorrow I’ll post some writing news regarding publications and readings – after all this is a writing blog.
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Well, this is awkward. Staring at me for just under an hour was a bit weird, but very rewarding. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not floating on a narcissistic high. No. I’m pleased, very pleased because this looks a bit like me.
There’s not a lot of shadow in this because I sat in the conservatory to do it and it was reasonably bright. This is pencil on paper. I used my ‘trusty’ H pencil again. I need to go through the art stuff that we have here and see what else we have. If I can get into town this weekend, I may treat myself to some charcoal!
I thought I’d show you some work in progress shots too this time.
Let me know what you think.
A bit of a rushed effort this evening – too much other stuff to get done. It’s a shame I couldn’t spend more time on this because it’s a great image. This, as you probably can’t tell, is an old abandoned petrol pump! Although it does look somewhat alien/robotic.
Time for me to put my money where my mouth is and to post my first sketch for Sketchtember.
Here you can see our family cat, Brian, in all his glory. This was quite a quick sketch, about 15-20 minutes using an H pencil which was the first pencil I could find as my daughter has most of the art stuff squirrelled away in her room.
When I was younger, I used to draw all the time; I was very much like my daughter in that I would draw for hours every day for the sheer joy of it. These days I rarely draw anything, so I’m hoping that Sketchtember will reignite my love of drawing.
I hope you enjoy this.
You don’t need to be confident about your drawing, or even feel that you can draw – everyone can draw, to enjoy sketching. Get those pencils out and recapture the freedom and joy of mark making. Sketchtember is a great idea.
Janey’s airstream by Kevan Manwaring (Medium: water-soluble pencil) 2017
The artist Paul Klee once wrote that “Drawing is taking a line for a walk”. Well, how about talking a line for a month-long walk, by rising to the challenge of Sketchtember (AKA ‘Septpencil’) and attempting a pencil sketch every day throughout the month of September? Sketches can literally five minute doodles or two hour masterpieces, in graphic or coloured, on any subject you fancy – the main thing is to have fun!
The idea came to me while undertaking Jake Parker’s great initiative ‘Inktober’ last year. I enjoyed the challenge of doing an ink sketch a day for a month immensely, and really noticed how my drawings improved over four weeks. I thought a natural predecessor would be a month of pencil sketching (I love the sensitivity of pencil and I’m huge fan of masters like Burne Jones and Alan…
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