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At first I was afraid, I was petrified…Hmmm, ok, slight exaggeration, but our model this week has long hair! Arrgh! If you read my previous post, you’ll know how much this frustrated me, but the model did something remarkable. It was like she read my blog, she did these fantastic poses, where she held her hair out of the way! Thank you so much life model, lady, if you’re reading this too. The first picture, in the top left hand corner shows what I mean – or at least, I hope it does!

Here are some of my latest life drawings:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

I went back to my black paper, and using white conte…I think the results were better than the last time I tried:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

For one of the longer poses, I focused on the face. Ok, it looks nothing like the model, but it was fun to focus on one area, and the how the light hit certain facial features – which up until this point, I haven’t had the time luxury to perfect:

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And, quite frankly, I don’t know what happened with this next one. The pose was great, but my proportions are all over the place!…

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Thanks for looking and reading 🙂

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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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Life Drawing…with Long Hair!

Here are some of my latest Life Drawing sketches.

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I was really frustrated with the model. I mean, she was lovely and everything, but her hair irritated the beejeesas out of me! It was so long and curly, which left strange shadows in unusual places, which made the drawing really tricky. I had to look really hard to work out what was going on. I much, much, muuuuch prefer it when models have either short hair, or their hair tied up. Grrrr!

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

I’m finding it easier to quick sketch again. When you fall out of the habit, it can be quite difficult to retrain your eye and hand co-ordination to get down on paper what you see, quickly and efficiently. For me, to do this, it has to be soft charcoal…every time!

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I’ve got a terrible habit of drawing the core trunk of the human figure, too shortly. I’ve noticed on a few of my sketches now, that the torso seems to be fine, but as soon as I get to the abdomen, I’m straight away drawing the top of the thighs! The stomach area is too short! At my next classes, I need to be really careful about that. Look harder, Marc!

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

See what I mean?

I tried a new technique this week. I drew with white, on black. I’ve drawn on pre-charcoaled paper before, and added dark tones, and took away charcoal to create highlights. But, this time, the only drawing I did was in white. It was strange, like working in reverse. My first attempt was a bit shoddy:

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It’s too focused on the outline, that isn’t white at all. My instinct was to draw the dark bits first, so I had to really concentrate and work out where the highlight was, and map that out first, then with lighter stokes, make the midtones, still using white. The outcome is interesting, I think:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

To practice this some more, I drew a pose in pencil on white paper, then did the same one again, but on black paper, using white conte:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

What do you think…?

Thanks for looking and reading 🙂

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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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Lovely Life Drawing

Here are some of my sketches from last Tuesday’s Life Drawing class. I really enjoyed this week, I felt more prepared. Last week, I winged it a bit. This week, I knew I wanted to do a charcoal sketch on pre-charcoaled paper (which I did at home, in advance) and I knew I wanted to do some studies in marker pen!

After last week’s class, I went online and ordered some more Willow Charcoal (shamefully, my supplies were running very low). So, I was set, and this is what I created:

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For the quick sketches, I used my trusty willow charcoal – which was much better to get back in the swing of mark making! The above sketches range from 2 to 5 minute sketches.

The below sketch is the one I did on my pre-charcoaled paper. I used to do this quite a bit at Art School, and I love the overall look it creates.

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The below charcoal sketch was done in 20 minutes. I think we were really lucky with our model. He had some really interesting poses, and most importantly – kept still!

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

It wasn’t until I got home that I realised I’ve drawn the next study, as a hobbit! Big head alert, everyone:

Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog: Life Drawing

I was keen to do some sketching in marker pen. I like its permanence. Each mark you make, can’t be erased. I like it. I used black for the shadow, and green for the midtones…I left the highlights floating around the white of my page 🙂

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The below inkies were 2 and 5 minute studies:

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That’s it for now. It feels so good life drawing again!

Before you go, let me know what you think…

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Posted by on January 18, 2014 in Life Drawing

 

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Sculpting a Sculpture

In my first year at uni, I spent a lot of time sculpting things out of Plaster of Paris. It was a pretty cool medium to be working with – although it did get pretty dusty, pretty quickly. Masks were essential.

Whilst looking through my sketch books I found some of my studies and preliminary drawings that were part of my project. At first I just flicked on through to some other studies, but then thought better and decided to add them here…

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Sculpture Studies

I remember at school having to make Plaster of Paris and it was really difficult to make it right. It needs to be the texture of single cream, with no lumps. At uni, I became a demon at it! I was seriously good…the envy of the class. I thanked my trusty notes when watching my tutor explain how to do it…

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I think my last note is particularly enlightening.

What else can you do with plaster…?

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Posted by on June 30, 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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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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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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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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Thanks. Marc 🙂
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Posted by on April 24, 2013 in Cats, Studies

 

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