Sunday, 26 April 2015

Working through a mountain of drawings

Over the past week I've been back at work and spending what little time I have in the evenings working on this lot. I only have about two hours to do anything other than eat, shower and then sleep as I have to get up quite early the next day. 
This is my drawing stash, or some of it, and I'm currently working through it all, scanning and then cleaning up in Photoshop.  My main reason is because I'm wanting to produce prints and other products but over the years I've lost my original scans or larger files.  
So I've started the long task of creating good quality files to work from.  I'm also going to slowly update the images on my website as some of them aren't the best.  I've noticed that more since getting my new Macbook.  I'm not sure what's going on there, perhaps its pro retina display shows it up, but I want to be showing the best quality I can.

Bit by bit I'm cleaning in-between pencil lines, taking away the grain from the paper and generally making my drawings web and print worthy. I got a Wacom Intuos Pen and Touch tablet when I got my new Mac and it's been incredibly helpful when working in detail. As you can see on the drawing below, I've just started on the tip of his nose. 

I've started with some pretty difficult and time consuming pieces which are in pencil and biro. Both drawings below needed a lot of work to get to a stage which I'm happy with. They are also both small drawings originally so it was quite difficult to keep them at a good quality. The original files of these are really large which was exactly what I was looking to keep a copy of. So the scanning and cleaning continues and then eventually that will result in some prints for sale, hooray! 

I also had a go at doing a self portrait today but it came out a little terrifying so I'll leave that one for the bin I think and instead leave you with two tidied drawings.


  1. Very nice :-)
    Do you do any drawings whilst on the commute?

    1. I don't but only because of a lack of confidence. I used to do it all the time and not bother at all! I definitely need to start again though!

  2. That's so exciting your making prints! I have to work around work too and sometimes things like this can be time consuming. Your images look great!


    1. Thanks so much! It is time consuming indeed but certainly worth it :) I'm excited about making prints in the future :)