|Final drawing of the year, based on a Barbara Hepworth sculpture|
Happy New Year everyone!
One of the things that has really been occupying my time recently is the development and delivery of the Creative Sketchbook City & Guilds course.
Like many other textile artists, I struggle at times with the idea of working in sketchbooks. I've been more of a back of an envelope and large drawing girl. So I was really keen to develop my own use of sketchbooks to improve my work as well as to make the course better for the students. I set myself a daily drawing challenge at the start of 2016 and to begin with, I had my doubts as to whether I would be good enough to teach a sketchbook course. But the mantra 'practice makes perfect' is certainly true and the improvement in my work of the year is astounding.
|Abstracted drawing of tree trunk and leaves|
|Chesnut leaves found on holiday|
. More words have crept in as I find it useful to write about what I am doing as a way of processing it. The books are definitely less pristine, but also they have become more exciting. I've been drawing whatever has caught my eye when I sit down to draw, but there are definitely some recurring themes: rocks and stones, whether on a beach, a rockface or a sculpture being the main one, with leaves and Italy, as a result of our holiday, close seconds.
|Three stones drawn without taking the pen off the paper|
|Thermofax print coloured with inktense of a maple leaf from the garden|
|And for comparison, a drawing from last Jaunary (one of the better ones!)|
|Playing with print blocks and collage|
|Charcoal drawing of rocks|