These are all my 2015 loose sketches (or most of them…I know there’s a few that got recycled early) collected together and spread over the living room floor….229 pages!
Size A4 Quill brand 125gsm cover paper (about $25 for 250 sheets) this paper is a little thicker than “standard” cartridge paper and can take watercolour without buckling too much (I don’t usually work really wet). I draw on both sides of the page so pictured above is only half my scribbles…. I should have turned over each sheet and taken a photo of the other side….but it all seemed a bit much!
When out and about I draw in various sketchbooks of which I’ve filled about 6 this year….it’s harder to quantify my sketchbooks as they’re all different sizes and shapes. Most of my sketchbook drawings remain unseen… only the “best” ones or the ones I feel most interesting make it onto this blog….I have plenty of drawings that didn’t work….I keep them all and review them from time to time….reminds me how far I’ve come and what to try next.
The loose sketches are mostly done in the evening…. a stack of paper attached to a clipboard which I scribble on whilst watching TV. Looking back at these pictures I do notice the majority are faces, followed by hands, feet and then remaining body parts…..I guess figurative drawing is most enjoyable and challenging. Some drawings are copies of other peoples work (all the great artists always copied from the masters when they were learning). Other drawings are family, everyday objects around the house, faces on TV and pictures from magazines or newspapers.
There’s pencil, pen, ballpoint, watercolour and gouache experiments going on in these pictures, most of them are not drawings I would normally show people, they’re just doodles….many unfinished scribbles.
Now I’ve cleared last years pile into a box…. maybe I could use them as wall paper for the spare room one day!
Already started a new collection for 2016…..