Friday, October 31, 2008

People's Choice results

The People's Choice results were announced for the UKCPS Annual Juried Exhibition for which 'Paul' was entered and it was voted 5th! This is especially encouraging for me because that is why I draw - simply to create something that others enjoy. I don't pretend or aspire to educate, shock, provoke, or anything like that - people have enough intelligence to think for themselves - for me creating art is about providing pleasure and so knowing 10 people liked my drawing enough to vote for it, especially amongst the other fabulous drawings, really is something special. Thank you!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

TV sketches

Above, contestants on the TV quiz 'Mastermind'

Faces on Sky News - clockwise from top left, Tim Marshall of Sky, Michael White of The Guardian and Andrew Wilson of Sky

Guest, Jonathan Breeze of Jet Republic, top, and the Finnish PM below, in a report about a school shooting in Finland.

A Sky News reporter in an oversized coat and Sir Philip Green.

Adam Boulton of Sky News and Tom Rivers of ABC.

Alvin Hall, financial guru and from Sky's entertainment section Nicole Kidman and Madonna.

It's ironic that I don't usually post sketches on the blog I've named Sketches by Fiz! These have all been blogged about on my other blog (click on 'TV sketches' in the labels section) where I prefer to write the wordy posts but I've included them here as they represent another small step along the way, a slightly different way of working for me. Even though I've been drawing portraits for years, I never get tired of looking at the human face and I'm always amazed to learn something new that I didn't know before - there is so much complexity in the human face and head, just when I think I 'know it all', I realise I know nothing! It was while trying to place an ear on a face during a life drawing session that I realised my knowledge of facial anatomy is very poor so I wanted to speed up the learning process by doing lots of different faces quickly (that is 'quickly' by my normal snail's pace standards!) and getting the feel for how the features are placed. Drawing a face slowly, especially from a photo, with no time pressure is quite a different kettle of fish to having to get the placements down quickly. I used to think that using my eyes was good enough but now I feel that a little knowledge of anatomy would make things a bit easier for me.