Here are some more images from my recent short course at West Dean College in West Sussex. We did quite a bit of experiment with ink, using various tools, and with graphite. Some of this was on the theme of ‘winter landscape’, taking a rather abstract rather than observational approach. Here are some of the experiments I did.
These new drawings are monoprints – a print process which creates one, rather than multiple images. The drawings are of cones, shells and seedpods. I did them at West Dean this week, an observation of the natural world when the weather was too bad to draw outside.
My drawings here are based on drawings by Honore Daumier of French judges (drawn about 1850). Today I have been drawing in the study room of the Victoria and Albert Museum works on paper collection, which own the Daumier drawings, and many others. These collections, which also exist at the British Museum, Tate Britain and the Courtauld, are an extraordinary and little known resource. Members of the public can make appointments to see, and if wished, draw from drawings by world famous artists, free of charge. So much can be learned from the close observation which comes with copying drawings in different styles.