Weekly Sketch – Long Eared Hare – 04/01/2016

Happy New Year to you all! I hope you all enjoyed the festive break.

Will this be the year I actually post a sketch every week? can you bear the sheer anticipation of finding out? you can only watch this space.

So here is the first quick pen sketch of the year of a long eared hare. I’d like to do a hare print this year, so there will be lots more hare images from me.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

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.

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(© Catherine Cronin)

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 – Daffodils Still Life – 05/04/2014

I love yellow flowers, and daffodils fit the bill. They come in fantastic zesty colours, and with their bold trumpets they are the perfect harbingers of Spring. Strangely I don’t like drawing the flowers as they are, when I draw their shape they seem too flouncy, not bold enough. In the below sketch I decided to square up my daffodil blooms to escape ‘flouncy’ and I much prefer them this way in 2d. Funny that!

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(© Catherine Cronin)

Weekly Sketch – Flowers – 23/03/2014

Quick sketch of different flowers using a fountain pen. I was trying for simple flower motifs; but ended up drawing some in too much detail. I often draw in pen, as I tend to just go for it, knowing mistakes have to be adapted or worked in or just left alone. I am a more hesitant sketcher using pencil; if I end up erasing parts of an image, I will obsess about correcting it, and perhaps get stuck in that moment. I like seeing my mistakes and working on new images around them.

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(© 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)