I am absolutely loving this course and so far I like what I have produced. I’m extremely glad I decided to do it.

I am not yet in the habit of drawing every day. I also didn’t appreciate that I should be doing studies in support of the main pieces. Now I have looked at a few other students’ blogs, I remember from A-level days that this is an important part of the process. My sketchbooks are woefully scant…. I have found, to my surprise, that I am almost cripplingly self-conscious about drawing in front of strangers and this has stopped me a few times. I just have to ‘suck it up’ and get on with it.

I anticipate that another criticism I will receive is that I’m not experimental enough. This is valid- I’m naturally drawn to Realism and the more conventional-looking Impressionism. But then I love Henry Moore…. I will be more aware in future.

In my defence (!) – I am slightly obsessed with charcoal at the moment which I can see lends an impression of uniformity to my work so far.

So here are the few pencil drawings I have in my ‘portable’ sketchbook:


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