Brush pen on paper
16″ x 23″
“I am a British artist living in Dubai. My daily practice is observational drawing. I have a ‘warts and all’ appreciation of the city, landscape, flora and fauna around me. I draw mostly from life, mostly graphite pencil, but also pen and ink, watercolour, and linocut. I visit a local camel farm to sketch and take reference photos.
This was a quick (40 minute) study from reference photos, to explore the potential of the brush pen, which I thought could capture the texture of the juvenile camel’s fur.”
“I’m so in love with these camels, even though you’ve been working from photos you’ve made them look very life like. The awkwardness of their positioning and the way that they look down with their half-lidded eyes, they look like characters. It looks really real.
The brush pen seems to suit you. You’ve done a fine job of dictating the flow of the fur around the eyes and the neck, but my favorite part is when you trail off around the base of the neck and only use a couple thick lines to show the body.
I think getting a few more brush pens of different sizes and working with these contrasts of high detail and tiny lines, and less detail and thick lines, would be really beautiful.
You should also look at Hokusai’s Book of Manga, which is a book of sketches that he did of everyday scenes like what you’re doing with animals, and plants, and people, and the city, and nature, and just what was around him. I think you’d find a kindred spirit to inspire your already gorgeous work.”