Lovely bones

I love bones, they have great texture, very interesting shapes and are a total dream to study. A recent walk along the beach and I found some interesting bones, a funky stone and shells, I used these as a starting point for some still life.


I always start with playing around with photography, I try different layouts, a different perspective and focal point.  There are lots of different textures to explore, the smooth stones and pitted surface of the bones, lots going on.

I started with some blind contour drawing, looking at the outlines of the bones.  While not looking at the paper I drew the shapes of the bones, I use this technique to make me really look at the objects.  I don't expect the drawings to be perfect, it's a warm-up exercise.  After doing several blind sketches I moved on to collage, using pencil, graphite paper and torn pieces of masking tape I looked a little closer at shape and texture.

This was an A3 study, it doesn't all work for me but there are some nice textural areas I pleased with.

This was an A3 study, it doesn't all work for me but there are some nice textural areas I pleased with.

When I returned to my art practice I had to get back into the habit of just playing around.  Sometimes these little experiments result in interesting discoveries and move my art forward and expand my techniques.  I now have folders of sketches and little sketchbooks filled with drawings and doodles, some are good, most are terrible.  I have gotton over the fear of making everything perfect but it didnt come easilly. A lot of the quick studies turn out far more interesting and exciting than my final pieces.



Drawing primarily using line, not much tone.

Drawing just using line, is really quite difficult but it helps to make you appreciate the forms you are drawing.  For this study piece, I couldn't help myself but add some charcoal tone, just a smidge.  Always room for improvement and one day I might actually master just a simple line drawing without any added extras.

This is a great book I use to give me some ideas on ways to practice my drawing, it covers contour drawing, using grids, different materials and loads of other really great tutorials for expanding your art practice.  This was one of the suggested books for my fine art degree and although I didn't find it visually amazing or inspiring to look at inside, what it lacks in that department it makes up for with the tutorials. They are a gold mine for improving your art, you just have to read them.  I totally recommend finding a copy, visit your local library or you can find it on Amazon, its where I get the majority of my books.  I usually opt for second hand as they are a fraction of the cost.  For some reason art books can be astronomical in cost!