Friday, March 30, 2012

Charles Reid paints with primary colours

I tried this technique last night at my life drawing class, after two hours I created a colourful but scary result. Charles has been doing it a while, I guess I can't expect to emulate his style on the first attempt!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

More sketches to see on Picasa

I have uploaded more life drawing sketches to my Picasa page. Click the photos below or this link here.

Sketch by David Meldrum

Sketch by David Meldrum

Lunch Sketch #8

I guess I have been influenced by the current Kony-2012 campaign, I chose to draw this child soldier from the Congo, it was a little difficult, I'm trying to run before I've learned to walk, why didn't I chose some flowers in a vase instead. Still, I have learned a lot from this little exercise - mainly that I need to be looser in my painting style, use less colour and to scrub less.

Congolese Child Soldier by David Meldrum

Sunday, March 25, 2012

A forgotten watercolour

I found this watercolour sketch today, under a pile of old invoices and receipts. I painted it on A4 office paper, hence the wrinkles ...


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Simon Schama's Picasso

I did not feel like doing a lunch time sketch today so I watched my favourite art series by Simon Schama. This week it's Picasso's turn.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The completed "Lunch Sketch #7"

I finished this lunchtime sketch of Arnold Schwarzenegger eventually. It took me 5 lunches to complete, that's about 30 minutes each time so I guess it took two and a half hours to finish.
I got bored with this early into the execution but I stuck with for practice reasons. Personally I want to be more expressionistic with my art and not so detailed. Still, I learned a lot, becoming good with watercolour is all about practice, practice and practice.

Tuesday's life Drawing session

It is hard speed-sketching with watercolours - but it's fun!

10 minute watercolour sketch by David Meldrum


5 minute artifical charcoal sketch by David Meldrum

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Att teckna kroki i Stockholm

Kolla mina länkar till höger under rubriken, Kroki i Stockholm, om ni undra var man kan teckna kroki här i Stockholm.

[English]
If you are wondering where to go Life Drawing here in Stockholm, check out my list of links to the right of this article under the Heading: Kroki I Stockholm (Life Drawing in Stockholm).

Kroki i Stockholm
Kroki i Stockholm - 5 minuters teckning av David Meldrum


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Starting to sketch with watercolours.

I have started to use watercolour while life drawing. I am just learning to handle the medium so having to work at speed really helps, one doesn't have time to worry, one just has to go for it! 
This model was getting chemotherapy and so her hair had fallen out and she looked very tired, especially her eyes, it was very haunting, still, I admired this 60 year old woman for not letting cancer stop her. These sketches are from 2012.03.17, Saint Patrick's Day. 

15 minute watercolour sketch

5 minute sketch
2 minute sketch

Life Drawing Sketches 2012.03.13

 I got my old flatbed-scanner working again thanks to a program called VueScan. So much better than using my camera!

5 minute sketch by David Meldrum

2 minute sketch by David Meldrum
5 minute sketch by David Meldrum

2 minute sketch by David Meldrum


10 minute sketch by David Meldrum
5 minute sketch by David Meldrum

2 minute sketch by David Meldrum

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lunch Sketch #7

I am struggling with this, my colours are becoming muddy. Still, it's a learning process, I am discovering and experimenting but most importantly, it makes me happy.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sean Cheetham: Portrait painter



I found this artist, Sean Cheetham while I was surfing on my lunch break, his portrait painting skills are good and the music track to the video is enjoyable too! His blog: http://seancheetham.blogspot.com

Monday, March 05, 2012

Water color by Direk Kingnok


Shop on the street by Direk Kingnok. His style is similar to Alvaro Castagnet I think. I had no time myself to do any water colouring this week, I am busy at work so it might be a while before I have some free time on my hands.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Duffy Sheridan's painting course



I am half way through this course and finding it very useful in my quest to learn how to paint portraits. Duffy Sheridan teaches at a slow informal pace that can sometimes be tedious but I personally like his laid back style, one gets to know him after a while, this is nice because he seems to be a decent  relaxed - American type of dude. He is also extremely talented which is an important ingredient to me enjoying his portrait painting course.

Friday, March 02, 2012

Lunch Sketch #7 ( 3rd day )

A half hour per day; lunch time sketching is a slow process. I take a photo each day just in case I mess the whole thing up and have to trash it!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Lunch Sketch #7 ( second lunch break )

I am finding it hard to find time to illustrate and paint during my lunch periods right now. I do have time, I just need the office to be calm when I illustrate and it has not been of late. Such is life....

Arnold