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Quick Sketching

Whilst studying at the Cambridge School of Art, I learnt a wonderful habit of sitting in the windows of coffee shops and drawing what I saw.

My tutor, a brilliant man, called Douglas Jeal, used to say to us constantly that we had to learn to get our drawings down on paper at different speed. Some of us would spend such a long time creating studies, but few of us were able to jot down an image at a fast pace. So, to practice, we would sit somewhere where we could watch and observe life, then draw what we saw! Of course, what we were looking at would move quickly (invariably people out and about shopping and traveling somewhere), or stay still for short amounts of time, so we had to capture the essence of the subject fast!

Wherever I was, as long as I had my sketchbook on me, I would starting drawing whatever it was that I saw. I came across these studies, that I made on a train journey one time. Needless to say, the subject matter might not be very interesting (a seat, a tree, a pylon) but the overall binge like spatter of images across the pages are quite extraordinary:

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Spot the one that turned into more of a doodle…I’m pretty sure this just came out of my head after seeing so many countryside trees whizz past my train seat window:

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Studies

 

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Some Simple Sculptural Studies

Flicking through my sketchbooks, I came across these. Some quick simple sketches on some figurative sculptures that took my eye. I didn’t know where my sculpture was going, but by virtue of making studies, my ideas were able to develop and give me a greater idea of where my sculptural ideas were heading:

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I’m embarrassed to share this next image, because I know it’s a study of one of the figures from Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. Whilst, it looks NOTHING like the figure I was studying (it’s so frustrating when you make a study that doesn’t resemble the subject), something I do like about it, is I feel I’ve captured the emotion and expression. The facial expression is of torment, exasperation and fatigue…would you agree?

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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Studies

 

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Studies for a Sculpture Project

In my first year at the Cambridge School of Art, I predominantly study sculpture. I would spend days and days in the studio, covered in plaster (my chosen medium – typically, the I chose the messiest media to work in). We spent most of the early days, carving designs out of a block of plaster. These sketches below, are some of my initial ideas of what I was going to sculpt, based on organic imagery from nature books.

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Plaster is actually a great material to carve into. You have to be really careful, because it is so fragile, but you can get some great results, from the diverse textures you can create.

I don’t know if was because we were studying the work of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth in my Art History classes, that my work seem to channel an inspiration from them.

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Sculpture StudiesMarc Godfrey Sketch Blog Sculpture Studies

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Sculpture Studies

Usually looking to create more mess, I studied a couple of images that I liked, using my fingers as my brush (or mark-maker, as we sometimes referred to it in class – I liked the idea of Marc-making, the best). Never wanting to waste any paint (or a perfectly paint-laden finger), I would often make crappy pictures in the back of my art books. This one particularly made me smile…as judging from the picture on the left hand page, it might be easy to work out what film I had watched the previous evening!!

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A couple weeks ago, I saw the play “The Pitmen Painters” – it was so fantastic (can’t recommend it highly enough), and what I loved most, was it took right back to my Art Studio days. The play is about art, and the nature of what it is, asking; What makes art, Art? Whilst they mused and discussed the work of Moore and Hepworth, amongst others. As artists themselves, they would sit in their studio and critique each other’s work, again, taking me back to the countless art crits that we had to do.

We had a few seminars on “What is Art?”, and we came to a similar conclusion as the play did…But what about you? What do you think makes art, Art? Let’s debate…leave your comments below.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Studies

 

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A Cordial Collection of Commissions

I thought I’d share with a couple of sketches and idea exploring I did for a couple of projects I was asked to work on. First up, I was invited to work with some children at a local school for their Arts week. Their theme was Lord of the Rings (we never did anything like that when I was at school!). At the end of their Arts week, they had to put on a play for the parents, so we had to make set pieces for that…maybe you can out what we did from some of the drawings.

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Commissions

I was asked to create a cyclorama for a production of A Christmas Carol. The set was pretty much made up of sheets, giving an aged, dusty feeling to the piece – this worked nicely with my initial sketches. You’ll see at the end, that there is a sculpture that I created for the tomb stone in the graveyard scene. I made it from cardboard, newspaper, kitchen roll and a ton of PVA glue. The BEST sculpture materials I think there are!

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Let me know what you think. Marc 🙂

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Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Commissions

 

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Commissioned Cartoons

I thought I would post something a little bit different for this sketch book, sketch blog entry. A couple of years ago, I was asked to design some illustrations for a children’s poetry book. The concept of the poetry was about seeing things from different perspectives – for example, how it felt to be a bone, without a dog – rather a dog, without his bone.  Unfortunately, the book didn’t go anywhere, but I was pleased with my initial sketches. So, here are some of them for your visual consumption.

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Let me know what you think. Thanks as always, Marc 🙂

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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Commissions, Illustrations

 

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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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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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Thanks. Marc 🙂

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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Recycled Art

Occasionally, I have so much random art left over from a project, that all I feel like doing is throwing it away. Quite often, it would be colour or media experimentations, so my feeling is that is really isn’t good enough for anyone’s visual consumption. Then one day, I had an epiphany. I started to cut it all up and create new art from it. Recycling my artwork.

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I went through a phase of creating recycled art, and to be honest, it became quite addictive. I also started to photocopy my work, then add more colour on top. I once also went so far as to laminate what I created, then added more art on top, in layers, and then relaminating again. It was fun, and as you might expect, sometimes would lead to the creation of a pile of rubbish – my little nephew (who at the time was about 2) was creating better art!

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Recycled Art

As always, I love to hear what you think, so please leave me your comments below…look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks. Marc 🙂

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Posted by on April 30, 2013 in Studies

 

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