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Artists Drawing and Inspiration Issue 28

Drawing and the techniques to enhance your skills

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Australia
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English
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Sunray Publications Pty Ltd
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big cats

I live with my partner Mark and children Jessie and Joe in Moss Vale, in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved animals, flowers, butterflies and birds – and I have very clear memories of sunny summer days in England (yes, there were some) exploring various gardens and studying ladybirds in the grass when I was supposed to be fielding in cricket at school. I am constantly blown away by Mother Nature’s creations which surround us everywhere but are so easily overlooked as we race around in our busy lives. How often have you picked a tiny flower and really studied it? It’s absolutely incredible. Or wondered at the intricate patterns in the fur of your family cat? I studied Art,…

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‘jama’ – king cheetah

MATERIALS • 3B Pencil. • Eraser. • Winsor & Newton Smooth Surface Cartridge Paper 220gsm. • Pigma Micron 005 Pen (Black). • Large dining room table. • Relaxing CDs (especially Medwyn Goodall and anything Celtic). • Nag Champa Incense. I was commissioned to do this drawing by a couple who had the pleasure of meeting ‘Jama’ the King Cheetah at Canberra Zoo early last year. King Cheetah are a very rare genetic variation of Cheetah where the spots join to form ‘stripes’. There are under 100 King Cheetah in the world, most of which are in zoos and wildlife parks. Sadly, Jama passed away in August 2008 – and I feel honoured to have done this drawing in his memory. STEP ONE The initial pencil sketch is purely to place important features. I really draw with the pen. If I…

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master hints and tips

• Take it slowly! This is all about a gradual build-up of light and shade. With this drawing technique, mistakes are almost impossible to correct and can really only be blended in and ‘hidden’. When I have a problem area, I concentrate on the surrounding areas to detract from it (a black dot on a grey background stands out less than on a white background). The biggest danger is overworking as the drawing simply gets darker and darker. • Practice different drawing techniques to produce different surface textures. Play around, ‘doodle’, see what effects you can create. I find the only way to portray a smooth surface is using pointillism – its very time-consuming and hand-cramping but can produce incredible results, especially for the ‘glassy’ look of eyes. I rarely use…

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drawing the australian landscape

Throughout my life, I’ve been impressed by the Australian landscape. As a child holidaying on the coast; at my homes at Lightning Ridge and Narrabri. The landscape has always evoked a deep emotional response. At times the immediate response to the landscape can be best caught with the spontaneity of the humble pencil. When I was young, it was rare for me not to be drawing – preferring to have pencil in hand moreso than anything else. As I matured, both physically and artistically, I felt it necessary to take a logical step and paint. Painting was seemingly an acceptable medium to produce ‘finished’ works. It wasn’t until I met the magician of landscape painting, Les Graham, that I discovered that drawing could be an end product in itself … not just a…

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drawing animals

During my 38 years as a professional artist, I have become well known for painting animals – more by accident than design; in particular horses, cattle and dogs. Strangely enough, one of my best known works is the bronze sculpture of Matthew Flinders’ cat ‘Trim’, who resides on the window ledge of the New South Wales State Library in Macquarie Street, Sydney. When I was a student at the National Art School, a very enlightened teacher was sufficiently interested in my efforts to point out the similarities in the anatomy of very many animals – which all evolved from basically the same structure. Every such animal has a head, a neck, rib cage, shoulder blades, forearm, elbow, lower arm and a great variety of forms of structure representing the human wrist and hands.…

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tools for learning

SKETCH AND WRITE NOTEBOOKS FROM JASART Jasart has released an exciting new range of Sketch and Write Notebooks. The series is attractively packaged and very affordable – the perfect companion for students needing convenient notebooks. They’re great for jotting down notes on the run; or for sketching and drawing applications. The unique lined and blank page configuration of the notebooks provides the flexible option of taking down notes on lined pages and freestyle use of the blank pages to suit anyone’s needs in the home, in the classroom, or out in the field. Jasart Sketch and Write Notebooks feature stylish fine grain covers, expandable inner pockets, elasticised closures and handy ribbon bookmarks. Each notebook has 160 pages of 110gsm acid-free paper. Winsor & Newton Visual Diaries are also essential tools for students wishing to…

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