Drawing with the whole body knowledge

Drawing with the whole body knowledge

Earlier today I needed to illustrate something to someone who I was teaching.

It required me to pick up a white Conte pencil to make a small mark on a piece of black paper.

It was easier to pick up the pencil and do it, than say out loud what was required. drawing size indicator 1

The mark was effortless.

But lead to me quickly covering the paper with small marks, since it was easier still to illustrate the main points in the female figure that was being drawn.

Then it was the pupils turn.

And as I stood behind her, I could see how she was struggling, how the lines weren’t quite right. How they were straight where they should have been slightly curved, or wiggled a bit where they should have flowed, where they were too pronounced when they should have been subtle.

It is my job to teach her, to help, to advise, to explain.

But, for me, it was a good illustration of how I draw compared to a novice.

It isn’t just using a pencil in the way you write with a pen.

The pencil becomes part of me.

Its how I hold my hand, how tight I hold my pencil, the angle I hold it, whether the marks are soft or hard, and the pencil isn’t held rigid in my hand, its held firmly but can arc in all directions because I am not drawing with my fingers, but with my fingers, and wrist, and elbow, and shoulder, and back, and whole body. That’s how an artist draws.


And at the moment I have a hankering, to do some of the white on black drawings I love so much, of trees………………………….

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.