Watercolour Croquis & The Water Brush

Watercolour croquis    

Watercolour croquis

 

As much as I've been enjoying figure and life drawing with charcoal, it's fun to switch it up and work with different media. So I dug out my watercolour pencils and gave them a go.

At first, I found it rather impractical to work with colour as well shapes and shadows during the 3 or 5 minute life drawing poses. The time it takes to switch colours and dip the brush in water, and the act of holding a bunch of tools in your hand, all add to your attention given the short time. Then I discovered the water brush, and it's revolutionised painting on the go for me!

Pentel Aquash Water Brush

Pentel Aquash Water Brush

A water brush has a soft plastic reservoir that can be filled with water. When you squeeze the barrel, water flows into the bristles, which removes the need for a separate water container. It also makes it quick and easy to clean the brush when switching colours or when you've finished painting. The barrel is flattened which prevents the brush from rolling off your work surface.

The water brush is fantastic for watercolour sketching and painting on location, life and figure drawing and journaling. Perfect for blending watercolour pencils or applying watercolour, gouache or ink. Highly recommended!

I used a Pentel Aquash Waterbrush for this watercolour life drawing of a 3 minute pose. I predict the water brush will come in handy for portable summer painting!

Drawing Dancers

Flamenco    

Flamenco

 

It's been such a pleasure to go to the figure drawing events at Dansmuseet, the museum of dance, as part of my life and figure drawing project this spring. The dancers, the music, bodies in motion, the body as an expression. And it's a humbling reminder of the daily practice that's involved in the life of a dancer.

The dancer dances to music of their own choice and then stops for two or three minute poses, then goes back to dancing. This spring there was a ballet dancer, a flamenco dancer and three modern dancers.

It's incredibly challenging, and this spring I've focused on the still poses, just relaxing and enjoying during the dancing. This autumn though, I'm going to try to capture the motion, the actual dancing.

The good news is, there'll be ten figure drawing events at the museum of dance this autumn! Highly recommended if you're in the Stockholm area!

Ballet

Ballet

A Page from my Sketchbook

iPhone photography: life drawing    

iPhone photography: life drawing

 

A page from my sketchbook. Charchoal feels soft and forgiving to work with. Almost like sculpting, adding, removing, adjusting...

This spring I've been going to two-three different life drawing sessions each week. There's the traditional life drawing orgainised by the Organisation for Swedish Artists, there's a life drawing event with dancers in motion arranged by the museum of Dance, and a funky club that organises burlesque figure drawing events inspired by Parisian cabarets, American circuses and Russian pubs.

I'm reaching the last pages of my third sketchbook.