Guthrie’s Art Journal


A study of mutes
February 24, 2009, 12:24 am
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Study of mutes
Quick study of Victorian mutes – dressed up and ready to morn!

This sketch, a study or a pair of Victorian mutes, was from last week but a great test of my new A3 scanner.

Scanning joy! The thing that really got me is that these guys would do some sombre morning for you but you could also hire screaming ladies who would rip at there clothes and that the tradition of ‘professional’ mourners goes back millennia.

Strangely there are no photo’s of the screamers or you tube videos! ;)

I find it bizarre that you would pay someone to hang around your funeral (well at least one you’d organised) and weep or look sombre.

Clifford July 2008
Clifford from the life drawing salon class in Bethnall Green

I just thought we needed something else here a little less grim, so here’s one of my life drawings from last year, also thanks to mr Scan Express. Cheap Mustek A3 scanning action I don’t ordinarily go for cheap but I really wanted to see how much use it would be as a studio tool before I stump up stupid money for the good ones!

Or maybe I should just draw smaller!



Sketchy Albert and the Victorian’s
February 13, 2009, 10:10 pm
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sketchy albert
A sketch made from the photo “Victoria and Albert at home.”

I really enjoyed this very quick research sketch and it seemed like the perfect start to my visual research on Victorian clothing and life.

I’m having one of those moments where you see things technically not right but somehow the result is still pleasing. The temptation to ‘fix-it’ oh it’s just very strong but I’ve resisted and it’s possibly why I’ve pretty much just run straight to the scanner. Almost like it will disappear if I don’t digitise it!

So that’s my quick sketchiness for today.



Taking aim
February 11, 2009, 6:20 pm
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takes aim sketch
Adventurer takes aim sketch

This is the original sketch and now I’m working on a digitally painted version.

takes aim painting
Adventurer takes aim painting in progress

So this is a completely digital painting using Painters acrylic brush selection and really just blocking out the tonal ranges at this point. You can still see the faint outline of the source sketch overlayed.

I’ve taken my cue from my reading of concept art painting as well as my someone limited knowledge of traditional acrylic painting.

The backdrop is something I roughed up in Bryce to give me something to work against. It’s all a bit of an experiment to try and work out a process from sketch to final piece and how best to work.

The brushes are surprisingly realistic in there response but the differences take some getting used to. It’s interesting that although you can theoretically paint over and over till you ‘get it right’ that many times it’s better just to move on and leave the imperfections.



Ol’ one eye
February 9, 2009, 10:14 pm
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ol' one eye

Ol’ one eye pen and ink monster

Absolutely loving my new calligraphy pen.

I’ve had the inks for ages but I really like the fluid effect and bold contrast that you get with a calligraphy pen.

I went for the vermilion and straight black not really knowing quite how it was going to work together.

The black shows up really subdued on this sketch pad but it really works with the burnt orange of the vermilion ink. Definitely going to play around more with this for quick as you like sketches!

The idea to buy the pen came from reading Concept Design 2 which I got at christmas.



The grave digger and the spaceman
February 7, 2009, 9:33 pm
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the grave digger
The grave digger and the spaceman
hat and shovel
Hat and shovel

More random sketch book moments…

I don’t know why but the whole Undertaker theme seems to be developing. I kind of like the raw Victorian looking characters and I’m starting to exploring more elements hence the hat and the shovel.

I’ve been wondering exactly what period clothes look like, detail can be everything or at least interesting. Certainly good to research.

What does a Victorian shovel look like (hehe)!

The spaceman is just an experiment although I think he looks a bit more like the Stig than a spaceman.



Rabbit in a barrel
January 29, 2009, 10:41 pm
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rabbit in a barrel

What made me draw a rabbit in a burning barrel and then some hippie dude warming himself?

I kind of like the effect of the barrel rims they kind of make it recognisable, I remember a party we had with a fire in a barrel.

They get incredibly hot! In this case it was glowing red round the bottom rim. One of the guests we invited was concerned about the fact that we’d used refuse wood some of which had paint on it and that we might be poisoning our guests with the fumes.

I still don’t know why the rabbit is in the barrel…



The Embalmer
January 28, 2009, 8:37 pm
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the embalmer
The Embalmer

The short portly offsider to the funeral director, maybe?

I didn’t quite have as much time as I thought in the morning but it’s a start in the right direction.

I’m thinking the next stage is larger sketches and some research into 1900 century undertakers. Such a grim and mythologised profession.