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happy new year, everyone!

Last night we celebrated New Year's Eve in Nunhead with friends who used to run the art gallery with us, Dan Fone and Caroline and Eddie Smith. (You might remember the recent video I made about Ed and his Nunhead Cemetery tree drawings.) Caroline made an amazing meal and after midnight, we got talking about Ed's tree drawings again. Ed was saying that he hardly glances at the paper while he draws, he just looks at the tree and concentrates more on the gestural strokes than how it looks on the page. So we pulled out my sketchbook and made drawings of each other without looking at the paper.

We had some good laughs seeing how they turned out, the wackier the better. Here's my drawing of Caroline, without looking. I like how it came out kind of Cubist.

One I did of Stuart and Dan (still trying to work out what was going on over Dan's right ear):

Eddie came out looking like Mr Twit here:

And another of Dan:

Everyone got into it; here's Stuart's drawing of Ed:

My drawing of Ed and Stuart makes them look like mafia:

Ed's drawing of me:

My drawing of Caroline:

Ed's drawing of Stuart (with Dan's pen):

Caroline's drawings of Stuart and Dan:

Ed's drawing of Caroline:

My drawing of Stuart:

Dan's 'emancipated' drawing of me:

Dan peeked while he was drawing Eddie:


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Jan. 1st, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
Such an awesome exercise. the drawings look great and now i have the urge to try the same. i suspect it really stimulates observation :D

i laughed out loud at the emancipated drawing haha

Happy new year :)
Jan. 1st, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, try it, it's such a good laugh! And I do think it's a great way to loosen up a bit. I compared these drawings to some tighter ones I'd made earlier in the sketchbook, and these are way more expressive and interesting to look at. I think I might do this more often.

Happy new year to you, too!
Jan. 4th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Like the line drawings a lot. All the best for this new year, Betty
Jan. 4th, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Betty! Hope you have a lovely new year as well.
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