Friday, April 18, 2008

Life drawing

I've never tried doing only a portrait at life class as generally they are too scary to attempt in such a short time but I didn't have much choice this week. I'm pleased with how it turned out so perhaps it's good to be forced out of the comfort zone now and again!

China sketches - entertainers

A variety of entertainers seen in Beijing. From left to right, a man playing an erhu (a traditional two stringed instrument) at the Temple of Heaven, a male opera singer and a man spinning a diabolo in the hutong district.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Sketching in China

The trip to China was my first since I got back into drawing and sketching a couple of years ago. I wasn't sure how much I'd be able to do and it turned out to be not very much at all but that was mainly because it was an organised tour and I had no control over the itinerary.

Much of the time was spent waiting at coaches, ticket desks, hotel lobbies etc., but one of the times I could make use of this was waiting in the coach outside the hotel in Beijing - this is a detail from the wall across the street.

Another snatched moment waiting for the rest of the group at the Forbidden City.

The Great Wall was the highlight of the trip for me - a wonderful experience, very peaceful and enough time to do some drawing!

I added this figure later.

Some of the workers - everyone seemed to be employed to do something, even the elderly.

Horses and soldiers of the Terracotta Army in Xi'an.

A very long flight home from Shanghai to Beijing, Paris and Geneva.

Sketches to fill the endless hours.

More details on my other blog.