Sketchbook Work – Drawing








I took my favourite poses of Rhea from my collection of photographs which I had taken of her and used them to produce some drawings in my sketchbook.
I really enjoyed doing these and the paper in my sketchbook is perfect for sketches like these.
I find I can shade very easily and I can get the desired effect I’m looking for. I am really happy with these drawings and feel my technique has improved greatly.

I used a HB pencil. I blended the pencil using my finger and also my blending stick which gives a very smooth and even effect which is exactly what I want. I then use my rubber to highlight the much lighter areas.
From this I feel I can move out of my sketchbook and produce something on a bigger scale.


Jenny Saville

Whilst searching on YouTube for techniques to help me with my drawing, I remembered Richard talking about a Jenny Saville video which demonstrated her painting skills and he had struggled to find it again. I also tried to find it but was unsuccessful,
One of the reason I have used Saville as part of my research is because I find it fascinating why she would want to paint such shocking images which are very fleshy, uneasy and quite grotesque most of the time.

I found the following interview with Saville very interesting and he views on feminism and how art seems to be more male dominated and this in fact stopped her from painting for a while.

Francoise Neilly



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I had recently discovered this artist who’s work is just so vivid and dynamic! It really draws you in and grabs your attention immediately. I have briefly looked at portraiture as part of my research, more to help with developing my skills and focusing on areas of the body which I may not usually pay so much detail too.
Francoise use of colour has an almost devil-may-care attitude. Their work seems relaxed which adds to the appeal.

I really find his work captivating and wanted to add him to my blog.

All images are from Neilly’s website;


  • Barber, Barrington (2011) Drawing Anatomy, London, Arcturus
  • Barber, Barrington, (2004) The Complete Book of Drawing, London, Arcturus
  • Graham-Dixon, Andrew (1999), Renaissance, United Kingdom, BBC
  • Hogarth, Burne (1991) Dynamic Light and Shade, New York, Watson-Gupti
  • Jones, Jonathon (2013) The Loves of The Artists: Art and Passion in The Renaissance, Great Britain, Simon&Schuster UK LTD
  • Khan Academy (YouTube) Salman Khan and Beth Harris discussion
  • Leonard, Michael,
  • Pan Books, Edited by Betty Ballantine (1975) The Fantastic Art of Frank Frazetta, Rufus Publications/ Pan Books, USA Regensteiner Press
  • Pan Books, Edited by Betty Ballantine (1977) Frank Frazetta Book Two, Peacock Press/ Bantam Book, USA Regensteiner Press
  • Pan Books, Edited by Betty Ballantine (1978) Frank Frazetta Book Three, Peacock Press/ Bantam Book, USA Regensteiner Press
  • Pan Books, Edited by Betty Ballantine (1980) Frank Frazetta Book Four, Peacock Press/ Bantam Book, USA Regensteiner Press
  • Pan Books, Edited by Betty Ballantine (1985) Frank Frazetta Book Five, Peacock Press/ Bantam Books, USA Regensteiner Press
  • Saville, Jenny

Mike Leonard Sketch


I find that I struggle mostly with rendering faces and hands. Because I wanted to get the detail as perfect as I could I found I was rubbing out a lot on the face of this drawing and starting again.  It eventually began lifting the paper slightly underneath. This causes an issue when trying to blend as the pencil begins gathering in one place where the paper has been damaged. The work begins looking untidy on close inspection and it stops you from getting the fine detail soft and blended.
So I will be cautious when sketching in future and make sure that with the areas I find more difficult I will make sure my sketches are outlined softly so that if I do have to rub out the pencil I don’t have to put on too much pressure and damage the paper.

Eric Fischl

Eric Fischl is a very talented painter. He focuses his work on the human form. He always paints scenes where there are several things going on amongst different people instead of just focusing on one person in particular.

The following paintings are from ‘Scenes from Late Paradise’

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I like the way it looks like any other scene from a beach holiday. However, the fully nude male suggest this may have been a nudist beach!


Some of his work does have a very sexual theme. The above painting for example shows the back of an obviously nude woman who without having seen her face is obviously looking at the man walking towards her. In a lot of his other paintings there is this rather flirtatious theme running through his work.

One of his collections of paintings is titled ‘The Bed, The Chair, Projection’
It is most definitely implying that this is about a sexual relationship. And the images are explicit in a quite a subtle way. I mean that without painting the act itself it is completely obvious that this is what this particular collection is about.

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I think the way he uses this sexual reference in a subtle way is what makes his work intriguing. There is a narrative to his work is really interesting and this sexual theme runs through most of his collections.

His technique is simple but the outcome is brilliant and to look at them from a distance they have a very detailed look.