|Greek Goddess sketch by Gillian Cooper in Conte Crayon|
A few months ago I told you I was trying to do a daily drawing and shared some of the early pictures. This felt like a bit of a luxury, taking time out from making the things I needed to do, but at the same time, I know it is important for my artistic practice. So I’ve carried on with my (almost) daily luxury and each day I start with the treat of a large mug of tea and a blank piece of paper. Almost all my drawings are related to my continuing Ancient Greek Goddess obsession, although occasionally it may be another ancient object such as a pattern from a vase or a little horse sculpture instead. I started out in 4B pencil, moved into 8B as I love the smudge effect.
|Inspired by a Greek Octopus pattern on a vase by Gillian Cooper. Sketch in pastels|
Currently, I’m playing around with the media more and more. Yesterday was soft pastels, which I love, today was NeoColor, which I love a lot less! Inktense and Conté crayons and fine tipped pens have also been hits.
|Detail of Greek figure in pen by Gillian Cooper|
Now my biggest problem is stopping and getting on with other work as I get very absorbed in the drawing and don’t want to stop, so I am devoting more and more time to it. However, it is very good thinking time and hopefully I will be able to develop some of these ideas further.
|Same detail as above but in Inktense by Gillian Cooper|
Do you have a favourite medium to draw in?
|My daughter getting in on the act - with more pastel on her than the paper!|
|Terracotta figure in pen by Gillian Cooper|
|Side view of Greek figure in Conte Crayon by Gillian Cooper|