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A Collection of Crappy Cat Creations

I’ve been flicking through my old sketchbooks, and guess what I found more sketches and drawings of cats! Quelle Surprise, I hear you cry!

These ones, like the previous cats studies, didn’t take very long, hence their crappy look! I’m not too proud of them in all honesty, but I’m enjoying adding my work to this sketch blog as each draw holds a memory. These make me think of being in the art studio trying to work out what the heck I’m going to do with all this cat lines! Haha…I need to track down the products of these studies…they involved line drawings of cats, lost in tartan. What a concept to behold!

Anyway…on with the studies…

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Cat StudiesMarc Godfrey Sketch Blog Cat Studies

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Posted by on January 12, 2014 in Cats, Studies

 

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New Year, New Sketches: Life Drawing

New Year, New Sketches: Life Drawing

Since moving up to Edinburgh I’ve been looking for a group where I can take part in some Life Drawing classes. After a bit of a google, I found all sorts of tutored courses, but I was really looking for something a bit more casual – then I found the fantastic group: All The Young Nudes! So, I went along to one of their sessions last Tuesday, and here is what I came up with…

At first I was little rusty – it’s been a while since I drew for life – here’s a selection of some of my quick sketches. Each pose was held for 5 and 10 minutes.

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I sketch a lot in biro – controversial, I know (I’ve had my fair share of bemused and concerned looks, as when everyone reaches for their willow charcoal and HBs… there’s me scrabbling around my pencil tin for my bics), but I really like the medium. I like the precision and the permanence of biros, and ink in general actually.

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The class was structured so that we started off with a selection of 5 to 10 minute poses, then after a break we had 2 poses lasting 20-25 minutes each. At this point, I thought I should use my trusty charcoal:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

It’s been a long time since I took part in a life drawing class, and I felt it! I think I got my media mixed up – I really should have done the quick studies with something easy to mark-make with, like charcoal. Then take time with the longer poses, maybe using inks and biros. Either way, I know to switch it up next time.

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

The music playing was perfect too – I didn’t realise how much I loved that feeling of being given time just to sit, look and draw. I got lost in a trance of charcoal and biros 🙂

Below are my very first attempts of the evening – the first one wasn’t too bad for a 5 minute sketch, but the 2nd sketch lasted longer than I really needed for the choice of anatomy…can you tell I got a bit bored of the biro…?

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More sketches to follow soon.

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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Life Drawing, Studies

 

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Further Feline Figures and Forms

Guess what? I found more cat studies from my sketchbooks! I know I have absolutely loads of cat sketches scattered throughout my artbooks.

My final project at the Cambridge School of Art was based around lines from the feline form – which is one of the reasons I have so many cat studies amongst my sketch books…the other reason is because I love cats!

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Cat StudiesMarc Godfrey Sketch Blog Cat Studies

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Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Cats

 

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Animal Studies

Something one of my tutors at art school always taught us, was to keep a sketch book on you at all times. You never know when the opportunity might come up to make a few sketches…but also, never deny yourself the opportunity to practice and refine your drawing! Always draw.

On a trip to the zoo a few years ago, in my bag, was of course, my sketch book. As with all animals, you can never know how long they are going to stay still for, so the need to capture their form quickly and efficiently is very important. Some of the sketches here took me a matter of seconds; trying to train my eye into a sort of camera to get the image down as quickly and accurately as I can.

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog MonkeysMarc Godfrey Sketch Blog Monkeys

If anything, the need to keep drawing isn’t only about becoming a better artist, it’s also about improving your observational skills. Spotting the little details and getting them into your image. Bringing as much life into your sketch, as there is in your subject.

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These studies were all done at Marwell Zoo, in Winchester…and clearly, that day, I was taken by the primates and giraffes. I love monkeys, they’re so full of character and charm, so are an obvious subject for me. I remember doing some experimental artwork with animal print, which is why I was drawing giraffes, but weirdly, none of my sketches show the pattern of their coat markings and colourings…looks like I was getting distracted  by their grace and balletic poise (I always get distracted, tsk tsk). Aren’t giraffes just so utterly, magnificently majestic?

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Giraffes

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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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More Cat Studies…

I like cats. Cats are cool. The way they elegantly move; light and slinky. I like the way they leap to high places effortlessly, and stretch into all manner of shapes as they sleep. For interesting shape making, and form creation, cats are the perfect subject. Perhaps twee, but who cares.

Here are some more of my cat studies I put quickly put together when trying to find the most interesting shapes to create a final piece.

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Some of these studies are done in a matter of seconds, other took a bit longer. The quicker I worked, the easier I was able to find the flow and dynamics of the movement. Plus, as any cat lover will tell you, they can move pretty fast, and only tend to stay still if they’re taking a snooze.

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog CatsMarc Godfrey Sketch Blog Cats

Ignore the little “APR 23” at the bottom of the pics, that’s just hypstamatic being annoying. I know this is, at present, a cat centric blog, but dog lovers, you’re welcome here too 😉

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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Cats, Studies

 

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Cat Studies

To kick off my sketch blog, I thought I’d share one of my favourite subjects to draw: Cats. For this particular project, I was drawing inspiration from my favourite artist, Franz Marc. He was a Fauve, and an all round colour fiend.

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog CatsMarc Godfrey Sketch Blog Cats

I’ll be adding more sketches to this blog every week. I’ll also post some images of the final pieces, that these studies helped to produce.

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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Cats, Studies

 

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