I’m away from home,┬ádog sitting for my daughter in Scotland. also I want to prepare myself for doing some more painting this summer while the group is on summer break.

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so I came prepared with paper, pens and ink, charcoal, oil pastels …

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pen and ink was my first love in drawing, I was such a fan of Charles Keeping’s illustrations, discovered in Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novels for children published in the fifties and sixties by Oxford University Press

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his drawings are a lot more stylised than this, a good visual education for a young person and fitted into the books’ pages in innovative and surprising ways

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I was so stuck on pen and ink I used it as a medium for life-drawing in my first year at art school

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you have to go with the mistakes, redraw, and in fact it enriches the drawing

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today we went to tentsmuir and the photos I took will be perfect subjects for more minimal drawings

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the grey light made the background bleach out

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today’s drawing was a little different

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a very strong vanishing point pulls the subject together

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and miss T the little bedi-lurcher’s ears are so characterful

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when I had finished I wanted to go back to the very simple minimal beginning so I did another

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I’m learning a lot from these, which are the same size as my paintings, but don’t take as long and can vary the emphasis