Thursday, December 30, 2010

Drawing of a polar explorer

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I've been too so busy with other stuff this month ( well its Christmas !!)
 I've hardly had any time for drawing. 
This is a quicky I did today with some minen lead.
Its my impression of an early polar explorer braving the ice and snow.
Hopefully in the new year I'll have more time to work
Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pencil study of details from " The taking of Christ"

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This study was completed using Derwent pencils. This study is detail taken from the work "The taking of Christ" by Caravaggio. I'm going to get through as many of these as I can as the difficulty in transferring them to graphite allows me to learn more each time I attempt one. Like the others in the Caravaggio series this one was my fifth attempt before I felt I had arrived at an acceptable level.
All attempts bar the previous post have been consigned to the fire.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pencil study of the face of Christ from Caravaggio's "Taking of Christ"

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Study of the face of Christ from Caravaggio's "Taking of Christ"
for a larger work that I intend to start soon.
This was done with Derwent pencils and minen leads.
I also used one of my rough bristle oil brushes to
push the lead into the paper, this helps me get closer to the chiaroscuro
of the original Caravaggio.The jpeg in the blog here should 
appear at about the size this piece is in reality.

Study of a mourner

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A scribble using the soft Derwent graphite pencils and finished off with Minen leads.
I have recently began to use minen lead alongside the derwents.
The minen leads are the mechanical pencil refill type and allow me to
quickly work out the main drawing lightly in a 2H before beginning.
The rest of the drawing then involves gradually increasing the weight of the
values until they arrive at their desired strength.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pencil study from a work by Bernardelli


This is a study from a work by Henrique Bernardelli called Messalina of the woman of the same name who to this day still enjoys an infamous reputation. For this work I used Derwent pencils and Faber Castel Pitt Graphite pencils.
It measures 10inches x 8 inches.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pencil Study of Caravaggio's "St Matthew and the angel"

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Today I have drawn some details taken from Caravaggio's "St Matthew and the angel". I have changed my medium  to pitt graphite . This allows me to put several layers of shade over the original sketch done with Derwent Pencils where I need it to be darker. Pitt graphite pencils have a slightly grainy quality but help achieve those darks which I think reflect the chiaroscuro Caravaggio achieved more effectively. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pencil Study of Caravaggio's "Taking of Christ"


Here is a sketch I have done of detail from Caravaggio's "the taking of Christ".
I have found the darks values of the original quite difficult to achieve with pencil.
I think I may have to look for anothe medium to compliment the Derwent pencils
to achieve this.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Pencil study of Caravaggio's "Death of the Virgin"


My latest  Caravaggio study is taken from," The Death of The Virgin".
Right now I'm thinking the art of drawing is mostly about making a series of mistakes that are adjusted to eventually form a complete picture. You lay your marks on the page and leave them for a while until you need to adjust them, then you correct them with new marks and continue again until you need to adjust them again, on and on, mark adjust, mark adjust, until eventually the picture begins to emerge... It seems that no matter how bad it is in the beginning its still possible to drive the work towards where you want it to go by being willing to accept each mistake and rectify it..
This is good I think, because even a pencil mangler like me can hope to improve if all my drawings can be the result of corrected mistakes.



Monday, July 26, 2010

Study of Caravaggio's "Madonna of the rosary"



A pencil study of Caravaggio's, "Madonna of the rosary".
Derwent pencils 2h through to 9B were used on 150gm cartridge.

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Study of Caravaggio's "Entombment of Christ"

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This is my latest Caravaggio graphite study, it's detail taken from
"The Entombment of Christ" This was completed using Derwent pencils.
I picked them up recently while wandering around my local art store and find
them great to work with. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Plein air at Achill sound

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..another quick plein air, this time, the entrance to Achill Sound.
The channel here is quite narrow and so the racing tide whips
along with considerable fury. It is quite a dramatic spot

Monday, July 19, 2010

Plein air painting on a sunny day at the beach..

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A plein air of a sunny day at Dugort, Achill
What a difference a day makes, the day before when I painted here
it was really showery and a little cold, but today its a nice warm
clear day. :)

Plein air painting at the beach

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Quick plein air of the village at Dugort, Achill just before the rain..

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Study of Caravaggio's "Denial of St Peter"

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This graphite study is a study of details from 
Caravaggio's "Denial of St Peter,"
For this work I used mostly Derwent H, HB and 5B
and worked on 150 gm cartridge paper.


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Graphite study of Caravaggio's " Raising of Lazarus"

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This is the second Caravaggio graphite study
this is detail taken from "The Raising of Lazarus" 
The work was completed using Derwent Pencils
on 150 gm cartridge.


Monday, June 14, 2010

Study of Caravaggio's "Supper at Emmaus"


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This is a graphite sketch of detail from Caravaggio's "Supper at Emmaus"
The work was completed using Derwent pencils on 150gm cartridge.

Starting today I'm beginning a series of sketches of the works of Caravaggio.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tools in the garden.








Oil on canvas, 45cm x 30cm.
So I guess this is like a still life plein air?
I'm still not sure how to categorize this one..

Friday, June 4, 2010

Study of a work by Helene Schjerfbeck





This is a study of a work by Helene Schjerfbeck called Portrait of a man. The medium is Sennelier oil pastel on oil canson paper. Schjerfbeck was a Finnish painter who died in 1946 known mostly for portraits and less for landscape. I really liked this painting when I saw it so I had to reproduce it as an exercise. 

Sketch of the water gardens at Doneraile


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... a quick charcoal sketch
of the pond at Doneraile Court 
outside Mallow Co.Cork....
www.goughpaint.blogspot.comThis is a graphite sketch I did of a Mucha that caught my eye...

Portrait of Paul Newman




This is my drawing of Paul Newman as "Cool Hand Luke".
The medium is derwent pencils and it is 
done on 150gm acid free cartridge paper.

The bridge at Puente Nuevo..





This is a drawing I did of the bridge at Puente Nuevo with a disposable pen.
This incredible bridge is just begging to be drawn.
Its surprising the tone and textures you can create with
cheap plastic disposable pens.
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