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Life has an annoying habit of getting in the way. So it is quite a while since my last post. Lots of things have been happening since then but today I am just going to post some drawings that I have done this past week.

The first is a long way from finished sketch of Jenny, one of our models. I refer you to some sketches I did of Jenny about a year ago. I like this new picture because I think it shows some progress.

Nude study of Jenny charcoal sketch 29 October 2007

Nude study of Jenny charcoal sketch 29 October 2007

What follows are some studies I did after visiting the Collingwood Children’s Farm. The sheep were really good value because they just stood and held a pose for quite long periods – as long as no-one come around with food.

Study of a common pigeon

Study of a common pigeon


Study of a sheep

Study of a sheep


Study of a duck.

Study of a duck.


Another study of a sheep.

Another study of a sheep.


This is the final one for today it’s another study of a sheep. All drawings in charcoal.

My life is so full of firsts that I marvel at it all, my first ever drawing of a duck, a sheep, a pigeon. I’ve also had a go at some cows, pigs, goats and chooks – chooks are very difficult mainly because they never stay still and sheep are probably the easiest because they do, actually cows are good that way too.

I have much to write about and pictures to share – so it won’t be as long until the next post – promise.
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Yesterday the visual literacy class mucked about with bits of paper and glue to make a picture of our current life model Naomi.

I had some plain newsprint which I had covered in an uneven layer of grey paint left over from a previous class. I wanted to use this paper in my composition.

Sounds a little pretentious to call it a composition given that there was not a lot of planning in either case.

Abstract collage of Naomi sleeping

Abstract collage of Naomi sleeping

This piece came together over two 20 minutes sessions.

Second abstract collage of Naomi sleeping in semi fetal position

Second abstract collage of Naomi sleeping in semi fetal position

This second piece was completed to this stage in around 30 minutes.

This last piece is also a type of collage but it is only partly drawn and then assembled in photoshop. This is the final composition which has undergone more revisions than I can count. I used a couple of brushes found on the Internet as well as elements from my own stash.

Fictional coffee table book cover done as part of a project for graphic design class. Pop culture then and now by Josh Smythe

Fictional coffee table book cover done as part of a project for graphic design class. Pop culture then and now by Josh Smythe

Wouldn’t you know it, I’ve had some really tempting ideas for this project while writing this post, but it’s already mounted for the presentation tomorrow.

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Resuming year one studies has been a challenge with all the previous year’s class having moved on to second year.

Today we did some more charcoal life drawing though and here is the 7 minute sketch that is the most appealing to me of my work today. I don’t think I’ve progressed much since last year.

My friend Danielle, whose work is much admired by student and staff alike, assures me that in time I too will be able to see the shadows and capture them properly.

Naomi seated with her back to me.

Naomi seated with her back to me.

I really enjoy drawing, but it is a skill that needs to be regularly exercised. I’m not as driven as I need to be.

When I got home from class this afternoon I drew the following still life as the final piece to fulfil requirements for the visual literacy project.

It never ceases to amaze me when I draw something that actually looks like something. That something may not be what is in front of me, but it is recognisable.

Still life with crockery

Still life with crockery

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We finally had a male model. There are differences even though his shape lacked a lot of muscle definition. The shape of the hip, the large volume of the thigh, the roundness of the buttocks give this away as male, at least to me it does.

This was a 20 minute pose – male model from the rear

I didn’t take any photos of the drawings I did with the model either side or front on because I don’t think any of them worked very well. Neither did this one really, but it’s the best and the last of the batch.

I’ve become quite fond of pastels, the chalky kind. In this picture, again I ran out of time, I’ve used charcoal and pastels.

If I get to do any more drawing next year or in following years I will try watercolour. My cousin Sandra paints with those but she has never showed me any of her pictures. I’m very curious.

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10 minute pose.

10 minute pose.

As the the heading says, I quite like this one. I’ve altered it a little from the original (oh wouldn’t it be really useful if life had an undo button?). There was a hand on the thigh but I’ve removed it because the scale was wrong. The model was very slenderand there were some interesting angles to work with here. Drawing a model with lots of flesh is so much harder because you have to use contour to define it much more.

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