Sketchbook pages Part 4

The human figure is really something I want to sketch. I don’t know how to yet- but I have immediately launched myself into trying and love the process. This time my sketchbook pages are magically filling up without any effort.


My figures are still very stiff and unproportionate- but practice, practice, practice…


Kaz by the computer:


The human figure in movement:

I love how by changing a tiny scribble you can make the figures move and meet and interact… I guess you can say the same about a building – but this is what makes me smile 🙂

White on black :

I am catching moments with the people in my life:

Kaz drinking coffee

I have been wanting to experiment with a phototransfer for a long time and use a picture of a figure standing by the precipice of the rocks.


I transfer the picture onto aquarell paper. I prefer the black and white version and want to continue drawing on top with ink. This is the composition I have in mind:


I will experiment with transparent gesso on top of the photo transfer:

Its was interesting to note that I used the same ink tip for both the gessoed patch and the non gessoed one and the line gets much thicker on the gesso. If I add the gesso on top of the ink it bleeds obviously, but that effect could be used too.


I am really happy with the outcome of this experiment and definitely want to play more. I also loved drawing the very intricate pattern in ink.

Here I copied the human figure but took off the coat and just continued the ink pattern:


The I fill in the background with a brush and ink and draw on the rock with white ink.


Ok, this was great fun and a good reminder why I really want to develop my skills at being able to draw the human figure- so back to that 🙂

Tom in a chair:


More studies of Tom and some of Daniel.  A figure seated crosslegged in a chair from the front is a really very tricky pose to sketch.

Back home in Bali and sketching Daniel on my sofa:



Some practice poses from the website, 5 min each (I tried 2 min- impossible!)



Wanting to bridge my research and drawing, here i follow Egon Schiele’s marks:


I wanted to try combining some imagined patterns with the human figures and used pictures of me doing yogaposes as a base.


I combined ink and watercolorpencils. I copied photographs here- that’s why the proportions are right:)

This is a picture of Kaz bending forward in pashimottanasana, also from a photograph


I really enjoyed copying the photographs and think I learn a lot about proportions this way too- so will go on with this.

But here some scribbled poses on brown paper:

And my brother Daniel again:

A Picasso brochure- going back to using some found papers to sketch on



A cash register strip


A coconut water label:


Other side:


Inspired by the Robert Rauschenberg exhibition I experiment some more with phototransfer- as described in the exhibition I use a pen to rub the pictures. It works very well with newspaper text and magazines, but unfortunately not with photocopies. Will have to look into that, I would like to transfer chosen texts. Todays experiments will be used as a background for something- I love the easy possibility of layering texts and images:

Inspired by Antony Gormley‘s ink drawings on wet, I tried that out today.


Most of the drawings got rather terrible. I tried varying the amount of water and ink and size of brushes. Here are some cut out pieces that I like :

Things improved when I changed the brush for a thin steel tip ink pen, which gave me much more control:

This is my favorite so far- dynamic movement:


I will try this again when I am able to draw better proportions and poses, when studying the body in movement.

Today I was looking at the yoga pose Paschimottanasana- expressing humility. I drew my friend Kaz from a photograph and colored it with watercolors.


Although I am quite happy with how realistic this drawing got and I have never done anything like it before- it is still quite boring as an image. I decided to experiment with some text in Photoshop.


This doesn’t feel finished, but I definitely like this version better. Still too tame though- it needs a splash of ink or some graffitti- or maybe I am just not really into humility right now 🙂

Some gesturedrawing exercises with Pixelovely:

Here I was trying out something new with another yogapose- ink, watercolour and Uniballpens, but it got rather creepy:


Ria on her lunchbox:


Inspired by Tracey Emin

There was a discussion on the OCA drawing thread if Tracey Emin can draw, and whether she would pass at Assessment for Drawing 1. I got curious to explore her drawings more and have written about her art in the research section- “emotions”.

Here I did some ink and watercolour drawings in the style of Tracey Emin, not copying hers but trying to find the same style in my own darkness:



I am not very familiar with her drawings, only with what I have seen online, but I think especially the two lower ones really captured her style.

I tried using black paper as a start- something I have never seen in her work:

This did not work as well- the figure is swallowed up by the surroundings.

Doing these drawings really helped me get closer to Tracey Emin’s work and win a new appreciation for it. Also I believe it freed me up quite a bit, drawing this loosely.

There is a heavy, dark undertone to many of her subjects- abortion, rape, so I wanted to try out if I could describe a lighter subject with this same visual language. Like some Degas ballerinas:


Or Olympia by Manet :


The message has a dark undertone again, this style of drawing  includes something anguished and messy in itself.

This last one reminds me more of Louise Bourgeois, which made me see some similarities between the two artists ( just some umbilical cords and strings missing):


This was a great experiment. It feels like it really shifted my perception of this style of work to more understanding and seeing the underlying feelings expressed.

Brown paper scribbles:


A “Madonna and child” goes “David Bowie with child”:


It was becoming embarassing: at Christmas, I collected the wrappings from the presents, with the idea of sketching on them- and these scrap papers have now travelled around with me for over a month, covering five countries…  finally finally used some of them today!



Learning figure drawing- female forms, twisting figure etc..

Sketching Ria watching something on the phone, for unbelievable lengths of time:img_4419

And more- 10 min each:


Scrap paper pink figures:

Papercup running figures:



8 thoughts on “Sketchbook pages Part 4

    1. Yes, this spiral technique really helps me see the three dimensionality of the figure. It also loosens me up, I find I often sketch too stiff or cramped. Still have to work on the proportions … Curious to see how it works for you.


  1. I LOVE this post. In particular I think your ‘Antony Gormleys’ and your ‘Tracy Emines’ are amazing, I keep wanting to (and have ) come back to look at them again. So much going on, all said with little or no detail, they really hold your attention. Sounds as if you are really having fun doing them too! Best wishes Anna

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  2. WOW what an amount of sketches! I am just at part 1 in the course so it is very inspiring to see all your sketches and your experiments. What a good idea with the collected wrapping papers! What do you do with all those loose sheets of sketches? Bind them together somehow? Or glue them into a sketchbook? I think your papercups design should be bought by a coffee company – they are so cool! Kind regards Therese

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    1. Thank you Therese! I am not sure yet what to do with all these loose papers, for now it is more experiments and I don’t really feel like I need to keep them. But I really like to sketch on all kinds of surfaces and believe these scrap papers will find some form eventually – probably bind them in some way, or maybe I will find some perfect box and just keep loose papers in it. My next plan is to sketch on maps… All the best! Clara


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