Weekly Sketch – Jay – 26/05/2014

I find birds fascinating; I have made artists’ books about swifts and crows containing poems, and I have always wanted to do a print series on birds. So here is the start: sketches of a Jay; in black pen, oil pastel and ink; in charcoal; and in black pen.

Jay-Colour CRONIN Jay-Graphite CRONIN

Jay-Black-Pen CRONIN

 

(© Catherine Cronin)

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Weekly Sketch – Water Lilies – 12/04/2014

Two very different sketches of water lilies; one a pen sketch looking at form, structure and reflections; the other a quick study of colour in oil pastel and ink – which is a bit garish!

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Procida – 12/03/2014

Sketching Procida, island off the coast of Naples that I visited in 2012.

Graphite pencil, watercolour pencil, oil pastel and ink, on a sand coloured drawing paper.

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Procida2topweb

(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Procida – 09/03/2014

Sketching Procida, island off the coast of Naples that I visited in 2012. Blocky colours inspired by seeing the Paul Klee exhibition at the Tate Modern recently. Sketch is graphite pencil, oil pastel and black ink.

Procidaweb(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Alhambra Courtyard – 03/02/2013

In my Weekly Sketch posts I will share the good and bad scribbles that I undertake…

Revisiting the Alhambra Palace with these two drawings; bold black pen sketch; and a pen sketch with oil pastel and water based inks.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Illustration – Wind-Up Bird

Wind-Up Bird, an illustration using felt-tip pen, drawing ink, watercolour pencils and oil pastels, slightly adapted using Photoshop. Wondering what all the objects are? Well I drew a decorative hanging toy elephant, two floral magnets, a detail from my green cutting board, two views of the key that winds-up the tin toy bird.

(All works & images © Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – ‘The Don’ cactus – 16/09/2012

In my Weekly Sketch posts I will share the good and bad scribbles that I undertake…

I have been away on holiday in the Bay Of Naples (more on that later on), and so I haven’t posted any weekly sketches. All around the Bay Of Naples cacti and succulents grow splendid and huge, they are a treat to see. I have only seen comparable specimens in Kew Gardens glasshouses. On coming home I decided that I wanted my own little catus, a reminder of my trip. So here is a drawing of ‘The Don’.

So for this drawing, I thought I’d draw on red textured paper as the cactus pot featured red glaze. I normally always draw on white paper, so this was a bit of an experiment. I started off drawing the form with felt-tip brush pens, immediately though I realised I couldn’t carry out the whole picture in this medium as all the light colours just turned dark on the page. So the felt-tip pens were used to draw the form and for the darker areas. For the greens and yellows I used watercolour pencil which sits on top of the red paper. The red paper is textured and so when the watercolour pencil is used dry it lets spots of red paper show through. The blue background is oil pastel as I wanted a good depth of blue.
I must say I am not overly pleased with the result, the watercolour when used wet became blotchy on the catus, whereas I would have preferred more definition of form.

(© Catherine Cronin)