Hey there , I have been working recently on a reduction linocut of some sparrows, house sparrows we call them here or little brown jobs.
Even though they are not the most colourful birds here in Britain, they have a lot of character. And when you look up close they have beautiful colours and pattens in their feathers , all be it in shades of brown and greys.
So after watching the sparrow army in my lovely new garden I wanted to do something on them and so here is my linoprint and some drawings, would love to hear what you think , cheers !
This was a bit of a cheat , i had missed loads of days so i divided up my page and did loads of little sketches of british birds, cus I love em!
It was Shakespeares 400th anniversary of his birth the other day , and i was watching the RSC programme on the bbc , they had extracts from shakespear , opera and dance which these very loose sketches was my attempt to capture a dance between othello and desdemona, big heavy marks for othello and more fluid delicate marks for desdemona.
I watched `Attenborough’s Paradise Birds` on the iplayer back in february, which inspired me to watch it back and try and sketch the amazing birds he showed on it , here are some of them. The crazy shapes that these birds have evolved into and the colours are just amazing , so colourful compared to British wildlife, not sure where these sketches will go..
I was thinking maybe a large scale painting focusing on the colours and movement of the birds…
For great clips of birds of paradise there is a great you tube channel here.
Thanks for looking, any comments or ideas would be great !
Here we are again! Another month down on my sketch a day project. January was a mixed bag of drawings. I started the month really energised, but that slowly trickled away till my sketch a day was happening in fits and starts, but I was happy with the earlier sketches from the month. which these are some .
Febuary so far has been very bird themed, I was inspired by a programme on the birds of paradise! So that will be next months 😉
I made December all about portraits as it is a people time of year. I did not sketch as many different people as I imagined , my husband was sketched quite a few times, but then he is in my life a lot so it makes sense looking back.
From focusing on portraits, it was easier to decide what to draw day to day, and it did help to make me feel more confident, having that practice. I was thinking more about how to draw what I was looking at, than what to draw in the first place.
So I think I would put a theme on another month, it was a help not a hinder.
Here are a few of the better sketches that I did during october, for the challenge I set myself, randomly, of doing the Sketch a day for a year. I Hope that this will improve my drawing skills and just keep me in the habit of making things and sketching .
I also hope to post at least once a month on here, of my best ones, but I will be posting everyday ( most of the time) on instagram. It is a good motovational tool to help me complete my sketch a day!
If you would like to follow me on there to see everydays attempts, just search alisonsloggett!
We as a group had a good weekend at Babe, back at the start of April now! We had a lot of people looking , had a few sales, showed a lot of books, and was great to look around at all the other stalls ( which I didn’t take pictures of as was quite busy)
Apologies for the quality of the photos, but was against the clock a bit to finish these all for them to go off to be displayed / sold ( hopefully) at BABE book Fair, taking place in Bristol , this Saturday and Sunday.
If you love hand made books and quirky unique publications then this is the place to go for a bit of retail therapy!
The photos above are a bit random, I will gather some better ones, in more detail, asap and pop them on here under the making section.