|Derwent Softcolour Pencils - Jez|
We had an appointment in Southport and had arrived in town with half an hour to spare. I suggested going into the Gallery to pass the time usefully and to get away from the viciously cold wind. We usually have our sketchbooks with us 'just in case', and in the gallery I looked for something quick and easy to draw.
This is where my coloured pencil drawing started, with a completely blind drawing of part of the main figure of Edward Wolfe's painting of 'Mohammed Ben Laitzi'. It takes a great deal of concentration and one of the gallery staff said she spoke to me to ask if I needed a chair, but realised that I hadn't even heard her because I was 'completely in the zone' as she put it! Nothing like the original painting, but that's not the intention, and I like the face that is hiding inside all the scribble.
At this point the gallery girl kindly brought me a chair anyway. This time I attempted Mohammed with a continuous line drawing. Once again there was only a vague resemblance to the original, but I was really captured by the face that had appeared and wanted to develop it a bit further to produce an image inspired by these two sketches.
I changed the face and head quite a bit from the continuous line sketch to produce the picture I wanted, and decided to stick to various shades of brown - unusual for me. Without the process of the two line sketches I would never have achieved this unusual face, and I'm really pleased with it.
On Wednesday at the hospital clinic yet again I made an I-Phone drawing to pass the time away. Not marvellous, but perhaps I can feel the sun coming up behind the grey clouds!
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