Dear Cleo 18 09 18

Dearest Cleo

Happy Quarter Day !! You are getting to be quite a big girl now. I had a great time at the park on Saturday and I am looking forward to celebrating Auburns Birthday next weekend. Today I am putting together a GDrive for my course and I have almost finished it, I am just adding the finishing touches with a selection of 25 of the best works from my sketchbooks. It is only at a time like this that you realise how many sketchbooks you have filled during the period of the course there are lots really but these are what I think are the best 25 in no particular order.

Sketch 01

Sketch 02

Sketch 03

Sketch 04

Sketch 05

Sketch 06

Sketch 07

Sketch 08

Sketch 09

Sketch 10

 

Sketch 11

 

Sketch 12

Sketch 13

Sketch 14

 

Sketch 15

Sketch 16

Sketch 17

Sketch 18

Sketch 19

Sketch 20

Sketch 21

Sketch 22

Sketch 23

Sketch 24

Sketch 25

Well I quite enjoyed that, all of them bring back pleasant memories of the last 18 months and some of them will grow up into paintings I think. Look forward to seeing you on Thursday after school.

My love as always

Mickos xx

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Cleo 18 03 22

Dear Cleo

Hope you are having a good week and it is not far to Easter and another holiday, life drawing class is already on end of term break and this is the work I did at the last session.

Figure 1 charcoal on A2 grey sugar paper

Figure 2 charcoal on A2 grey sugar paper

Figure 3 charcoal on A2 grey sugar paper

I am very pleased with this one because it has a definate sense of movement and looks as if he could move at any time

Figure 4 charcoal on A2 grey sugar paper

Again he looks alive, maybe I have finally cracked the life drawing business.

Since then I have had a very busy week. the online gallery is not completed, but it is sufficiently complete for you to go over and have a peek at https://mickos.co.uk/ I have also been struggling with the bag of shells that you brought me but that is a whole other story I will start to tell you tomorrow.

My love as always

Mickos xx

Dear Cleo 18 03 16

Dearest Cleo

Happy Quarter Day!

I have been quite busy watching Mario creating my new web site, it is live but it is not finished yet, so I don’t want to give it too much publicity until all the walls are populated, the floors are swept and it looks like a proper gallery. When that is done I will give you a link here.

In the meantime with all the business, I have not been posting here so often so here are the life drawings that I have worked on in my brief absence, whatever happens the show must go on.

Figure 1 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 2 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 3 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 4 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

This one I like and I think there is a pattern emerging, once I have drawn somebody two or three times I am begining to capture a bit of their individuallity and they look look more fluid on the page because of it.

Figure 5 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Technically this is not a life drawing, it was done from Croquis Cafe 214 from a paused television screen. I used the same working process that I use in the life room but it took around forty minutes as opposed to the usual twenty minutes for the rest of the drawings here. I think I need to make an effort to find a life class with a single pose as I could probably calture much more of the essence of the person without the rush.

Figure 6 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 7 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 8 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 9 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

The same individuallity is creeping in here again and if you look closely you can see the remnants of my construction lines. I think with some tracing paper this could be developed, a la Degas, into a fully rounded individual.

Figure 10 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Really looking forward to catching up with you tomorrow see you then

My love as always

Mickos xx

 

Dear Cleo 18 02 25

Hi Cleo

I hope you are having a good day at the theatre with your Daddy, me I want to Sunday morning life class as usual and here are the drawings.

Figure 1 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 2 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 3 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 4 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

I think I have developed a process for life drawing that is begining to work, it involes charcoal and A2 sugar paper and a bit of dancing at the easel. Maybe it is time to mix it up a bit and try a different process, or maybe this process could be transfer to mt other drawings?

Love as always

Mickos xx

 

Dear Cleo 18 02 10

Dearest Cleo

I am looking forward to catching up at the weekend, in the meantime here are the other weeks life drawings.

Figure 1 Sharpie on A2 grey sugar paper

Figure 2 Charcoal on A2 grey sugar paper

Figure 3 Charcoal on A2 grey sugar paper

Figure 4 Charcoal on A2 grey sugar paper

I have only just noticed that the figures are all called figures

See you soon

My love as always

Mickos xx

Dear Cleo 18 01 22

Dearest Cleo

Here are yesterday’s life drawings, I had a look back through and i think they are improving but I did make allowance for the fact that i havent been life drawing for six weeks. I watch developments a bit more closly this term.

Figure 1 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 2 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 3 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

Figure 4 Charcoal on A2 sugar paper

I hope you had a good monday at school and with luck I will meet up with you tomorrow before I go to watch the Cezanne film thing

My love as always

Mickos xx

 

Dear Cleo 18 01 01 02

Dearest Cleo

I was just tidying up the computer when I realised that I had forgotten to post the last life class drawings from 2017 so here they are in all their glory.

Figure 1 (18 01 01 01) Charcoal on A2 Sugar paper

Figure 2 (18 01 01 02) Charcoal on A2 Sugar paper

Figure 3 (18 01 01 03) Charcoal on A2 Sugar paper

Figure 4 (18 01 01 04) Charcoal on A2 Sugar paper

I hope you like the drawings and I will see you in the week.

my love as always

Mickos xx

 

Dear Cleo 17 11 26

Dearest Cleo

Here are this weeks life drawings. I have had a busy week, as you know .the house next door burnt out on Wednesday night. I think my life is turning into films, Mickos I Attacked by Damiens Dog three weeks ago and now Mickos II, Flaming Hell.

To be fair the EFD did an excellent job saving me and my house from the inferno, all that got burned was a bit of the back garden fence  and the kitchen windows cracked in the heat.

Now that the fire has gone out the back of the house next door is not so scary in fact in a sureal way it is kind of pretty. I took two photographs.

Figure 1 (17 11 26 01) Fire exit, digital photograph

Figure 2 (17 11 26 02) Gutted, digital photograph

It happened in the middle of the night and it was very emotional, but nobody died and life goes on.

I digress here are the life drawings;

Figure 3 (17 11 26 03) ink on A2 grey sugar paper

Figure 4 (17 11 26 04) charcoal on A2 grey sugar paper

Figure 5 (17 11 26 05) charcoal on A2 grey sugar paper

I hope you like my drawings, catch up with you next week, dont forget your letter for Santa so I can give it to him when I see him in the pub.

My love as always

Mickos xx

Dear Cleo 17 11 21

Dearest  Cleo

Great day on Saturday, Nana Bet was pleased to see you, and I love the pizza at La Porqueta.These are the drawings I did at Life Class this week

Figure 1 (17 11 21 01) graphite on A2 grey sugar paper

Figure 2 (17 11 21 02) graphite on A2 grey sugar paper

Figure 3 (17 11 21 04) charcoal and pastel on A2 grey sugar paper

I must rush because I’m late for work put I posted you a real letter yesterday, you should get it tomorrow.

Love as always

Mickos xx