17 April 2020 was a day I drew a days diary. The final day of drawing with Stoke-on-Trent urban sketchers. I went on to draw more afterwards. We didn’t know at that time that the virus was just going to keep going. We thought it would soon be over. We thought maybe we could conquer it! There was some optimism still out there. Now things don’t look so good. But you just have to keep going. I haven’t felt much like painting, but I haven’t stopped drawing yet!
Boy! I must have been feeling cheerful when I drew this (not).
I’m not even sure what I drew it in, except black marker pen, it’s a bit ghastly. I’m not even sure why I saved it, except that it documents the pandemic a bit, you can’t always have jolly art I guess.
I should write an ode or a poem, but I’m sitting at my computer trying to get some writing done and I just decided to give myself a break and choose a random picture to post here. I’m off in search of some warmth in a minute though. I think it’s cold as the grave up here in the front bedroom ( we don’t put the heating on upstairs, saves money).
In the first lockdown , Urban Sketchers was doing a daily drawing. On dat 30 we did a chronicle of the day. This was mine on 17.4.2020. I seem to have spent the day on chores, cooking, eating, drinking watching cats and drawing.
How little we knew then of how long Covid19 would last, everything seemed new and unusual, a challenge, not a problem. An opportunity to be involved in something creative. And all the clapping for the NHS on a Thursday night seemed appropriate. We didn’t know one lockdown would end, and despite people’s efforts we would go into another one this Autumn. I wonder if I should do another Covid diary?
My thirty sketches in circles for November. Not all the same size, a bit sketchy, and I didn’t do all of them on each day. But it is a vague diary of what happened. The lighting made a strange effect on what was white paper. Still I found it an interesting challenge.
I’m not posting these very often, it’s not like the October one inch challenge, but I am trying to do a drawing each day. It’s a little visual diary. So things like going out to lunch and treating myself to a Gin and Tonic (very weak) is on there. Plus trying to find a stray cats owner and falling over and hurting myself yesterday (I drew that today). I will carry on and see whatever else happens.
Taking a selfie is bad enough, but trying to draw yourself from it while trying to hold a sketchpad and a tablet computer in one hand and an old felt pen in the other is quite difficult. I did try and use pointillism to do the shading but I think it didn’t really work well. Somehow the eyes in the drawing are looking at me, when in the photo they look up and to the right. The other thing with selfies is you see yourself the right way round, where when you look in a mirror everything is back to front, in mirror image.
I had been trying to take a photo of my reflection in a mirror but the tablet keep getting in the way. The only decent way to take it was by holding the computer tablet to one side but I ended up with the toilet in the background because my decent sized mirror is in the bathroom!
Anyway I don’t generally do selfies and its been a few years since I did a self portrait, but this was a bit of an experiment. I like painting people and drawing them. Soon the life drawing class I go to will be starting up again. Then I can get in some proper practice.
Till then I’m going to try and do a few more quick portraits, this took about 15 minutes.