My completed 'test' piece
Monday the 1st of October sees the final installment of my CP 5 week workshop in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
Although this is only the second 5 week workshop I have run, (there will be more next year for those who may be interested in booking) this one saw every attendee excelling in my favourite medium! Some are fans of the CP's already (with an ever growing selection of pencils that an ardent fan would be proud of) and then there are those who decided to give them their first test run, with some spectacular results - maybe I am lucky to have a talented bunch or they may say it is down to the Tutoring, personally it is down to an individuals 'patience' , something that is needed for CP's as they are a very intense medium but well worth the results - just take a look at the images below to see some of the students working on week 3 - I am now off to book myself into rehab for Artists who just cannot seem to stop drawing those dang stunning Tigers!!
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Working as an Art Tutor, I rarely get chance to sit down and produce something for fun and relaxation, however when my Dad decided he wanted Marilyn in his newly decorated room - I dug out the piece I had spent just a couple of hours on at the DOA Exhibition this year and decided to complete it - adding a hint of red (and sparkle!) to compliment the colour tones of his room.
As I love fine detail and realism in my work, I felt I had to improve the details of the poor photographic image that I am working from, and have set to work adding as much detail as possible, and although the Artwork below may appear complete, there is still much more to add. Graphite pencils are such a wonderful medium for portraits, giving such depth and realism to a piece!
Had a wonderful day out with friends at Hagley's Falconry Centre! The day began around half 10 after teas & coffees , we were shown around the centre and introduced to their Birds. The day then continued with some Bird Handling, beginning with the tiny little American Kestrel and as the day went on, the Birds got bigger (and heavier!!) After lunch we went off for a walk in the local wood closely followed by the centre's Harris Hawk, and upon return - even bigger birds! The highlight for me was the stunning Golden Eagle, although he was not in the best of moods as he wanted his tea! Boy was he heavy!!! We left the centre around half 4, all having said we had had such a wonderful day and would thoroughly recommend it!! As a Vege, the worst part was having a chicks head on my glove to encourage a Bird to come to me, but my eyes were only drawn to the beautiful animals flying towards me. Time for some Artwork me thinks!!
Karen M Berisford