Sketchbook work: Observation and Experimentation

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to my blog, with good reason. I’ve started an MA at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge studying Children’s book Illustration and I’ve thrown myself into the course with all I’ve got!

Our first semester has been focused on observational drawing and experimenting with new materials. It’s been a steep learning curve going back to the discipline of daily observational drawing, and during the winter months, something of a test of endurance as well when outside.

I’m so enjoying the process, going back to my core skills and reassessing the way I work. Particularly trying to force myself out of bad habits, loosening up, experimenting with mark making, drawing things that I might find difficult but also really thinking about key areas such as tone, perspective and colour.

Here is a selection of some of the drawings and paintings from my sketchbook I have been working on over the past few months. I’ll add more as time progresses.

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