Life drawing and landscapes

In my art class there are those who draw and those who paint, as you’ll know I am a painter. However, I’m constantly inspired by the pencil drawing element of the class as they really do produce some spectacular images.

As Storm Ciara batters the UK, I have no desire to leave the cosy warmth of my house. So, what else to do on a stay-at-home day but some relaxing art?

With my den still being out of action due to building work, it’s difficult to find an appropriate space to paint but pencil drawing in an A5 sketchbook requires very little in the way of space.

There’s almost nothing my snoozy cat likes more than sleeping on the sofa, giving a perfect immobile subject for my first life-drawing. Starting at the neck I sketched his outline, leaving the head for last.
Then he moved, erase the head and start it again.
He moves – erase – restart…
I now understand why people work from photographs.
Eventually he kept his head still enough for me to finish, and yes, he really is that long and yes, his belly fur really does make him look that round!

Musky at rest

Once I’d completed my Musky sketch, I returned to one I’d started a few days ago. This image is from the Trudy Friend book The Ultimate Drawing and Painting Technique Bible, which was recommended by my teacher.


Rural Cottage

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of blueskydays365.com which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

2 thoughts on “Life drawing and landscapes

  1. Our kittkats do make pretty good models as they lounge & don’t fidget too much! Love both of these pencil sketches. You’ve copied the rural scene incredibly well. Did you trace any outline to get the proportions/layout right or was it totally freehand? Either way, excellent, Karen!! xx

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