Dear Cleo 18 07 28

Dear Cleo

I hope the weather in France is better for you than it is here in London, for the past two weeks I never thought I would say that ever again after all the beautiful weather we have been having, but true to English form we have descended into rain and thunderstorms again. Do you think if Brexit goes ahead we won’t get European weather again and we will be left to wallow in our rains and winters?

Parallel Project Collaboration

Girls at the bar has come along a bit, it has haunted me throughout the course and Bryan suggested I added it to my Parallel Project.

This version started with a quick sketch of girls at the bar done in my A6 sketchbook

Figure 1 Girls at the bar ink in A6 sketchbook

I developed the sketch using a lay figure into this.

Figure 2 Girls at the bar charcoal in A2 sugar paper

I then zoomed in a little to get a closer crop.

Figure 3 Girls at the bar charcoal in A2 sugar paper

I switched then to tracing paper to do a more careful drawing.

Figure 4 Girls at the bar charcoal in A2 tracing paper

I then turned the tracing paper the other way around, conscious of the right hand edge I had learned from Elizabeth Blackadder

Figure 5 Girls at the bar charcoal and ink on A2 tracing paper

I then further cropped the composition so that the viewer was closer to the action and allowed the composition to fill the frame. I worked quickly with a Sharpie standing well back from the easel to bring a sense of looseness and vigour back into the drawing now that the proportions had been resolved.

Figure 6 Girls at the bar ink on A2 tracing paper

The final Drawing has a good sense of volume within the shallow picture space.I am pleased with the final result because it brings the image, although developed, back to the sketchbook albeit reversed. It has retained the immediacy of the sketch despite being a developed piece.

I hope you are having fun in France.

My love as always

Mickos xx